Make sure you are safe while driving with this innovation from Clippasafe
Driving or travelling in a car can be dangerous for women and their unborn babies, because of the risk posed by incorrectly positioned seat belts. Those which are positioned over the abdomen are not only uncomfortable, but can also cause serious injury to an unborn baby in the event of an abrupt stop or collision. Research suggests there’s a 40-50% risk of miscarriage if an expectant mother is involved in a car accident and even in minor accidents, there is still a 5% risk of injury to the baby, which is why it’s so important to buckle up correctly on every trip.
The innovative Bump Belt from Clippasafe is designed to make car journeys safer for mothers-to-be, preventing the movement of seat belts over the abdomen and avoiding the need for constant and distracting re-positioning. Suitable for use from two months pregnant and up to birth, the Bump Belt is used with a regular seat belt to help keep the strap in place.
Wearers sit on the Bump Belt’s seat pad and fasten the seat belt below the abdomen (under the pregnancy bump) in accordance with NHS health and safety guidelines. The seat pad can be secured around the back of the car seat. The Bump Belt’s two elasticated flaps are then secured around the strap to help maintain its position. In the event of a minor accident or just sudden braking, the pressure is more effectively and safely transferred through the pelvis and hips rather than the abdomen and womb. It’s a simple way of protecting your unborn child and also makes car travel more comfortable when pregnant.
The Bump Belt is lightweight and easily transferable between vehicles for minimal hassle. It adheres to European Safety Standards and with care is likely to remain in excellent condition for use during further pregnancies.
The Bump Belt is £24.99 and is part of Clippasafe’s extensive Auto Range.
Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited motherandbaby.co.uk before moving on to write about family cars for Parkers.co.uk - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, and WhatsTheBest.co.uk
She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.