The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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As your baby bump grows and grows with your pregnancy, we're sure this question is going to cross your mind: Should I continue wearing my seat belt. In short: Yes, always!
An estimated 800 fetuses die each year in the United States when their mothers are involved in vehicle accidents, according to federal statistics. That's eight times as many babies and children up to age 4 who are killed in crashes.
The biggest danger occurs when the steering wheel strikes a pregnant woman's abdomen, causing the placenta to detach, says Stefan Duma, Ph.D., head of the biomedical engineering department at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburgh, Va.
Here are three ways to protect your baby-to-be, from Duma and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
—Kim Schworm Acosta