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Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. When used properly, seat belts save lives and lower the chances of severe injury during car crashes.
Depending on how severe the car accident is, pregnant women could be at risk for miscarriage, preterm labor and other serious complications. In fact, the more injuries a mother has during a car accident, the greater the risk to her unborn baby. If the pregnant woman is wearing her seat belt properly at the time of the accident, she and her baby will face fewer injuries.
There are nearly 170,000 car crashes involving pregnant women every year. So it's important for moms in all stages of pregnancy to properly wear seat belts at all times when traveling in a car.
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