Driving whilst pregnant
Men might not understand what it’s like to be pregnant, but I’m sure we can all sympathise with what difficulties it can bring sometimes. One area that seems to arise quite often, is taking your driving lessons whilst pregnant. I have however, taught many pregnant ladies in the past, some just weeks before their actual due date. Many pregnant women are usually unsure if it’s legal to take driving lessons and the test whilst pregnant. There is no law stating at what point you should stop learning or take a driving test. As long as you feel comfortable and safe. Keep calm and carry on.
Here’s some pointers to help answer your questions.
Driving in Late Pregnancy
Driving with a lovely big bump may not be very comfortable, but if you haven’t experienced any problems during your pregnancy such as dizziness or advice from your GP/midwife telling you not to drive, then the choice is down to you. However, here’s a few pointers to consider before starting a journey…
How tired do you feel?
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not sure about pregnancies but I’m pretty sure carrying a big bump all day would tire me out. Not only that, but during your pregnancy, your body temperature increases which can make you feel sleepy more often. So, be careful when driving. Ensure you take lots of breaks if you are traveling a far distance and have a bottle of water handy if it’s needed.
Remember your seatbelt!
Pregnancy is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. Always strap yourself in.
How to wear a seatbelt whilst pregnant.
1. Place the seatbelt so it goes diagonally across your body as you would normally, however, make sure it goes between both breasts. Try to keep it flat against the breast bone. The top of the strap shouldn’t lay across your neck, but around your shoulder.
2. Always ensure the lap strap is as low as possible, so below your bump rather than on it. You should feel the seatbelt against the top of your thighs and hips. Make sure there are no kinks in the seat belt too.
How do I get to myself to the hospital when I’m in labour?
Never try to drive yourself to the hospital whilst you’re in labour. If there’s no other way in travelling to the hospital, discuss the issue with your midwife in advance.
Have you suffered from any pregnancy cramps?
Be aware that if you’ve experienced pregnancy cramps in your legs, this is likely to cause a problem whilst you are driving. Driving for a long time means that your legs will be in a fixed position which could be very uncomfortable. Try slightly moving your legs and circulating your ankles whenever possible.
Pregnancy and your driving test
As you may know, there’s a one in three chance of you being asked to perform an emergency stop during your driving test. If you have had driving lessons before, you will know that the emergency stop requires you to brake very firmly as though you are in an emergency. This still applies to taking your driving lessons or driving test when pregnant. If you feel uncomfortable with doing one, you can refuse… But, the examiner will fail you. However, there’s nothing to worry about. As long as you take the right safety measures you and baby will be fine.
If you have any questions about driving lessons in Bedford or any other area we cover whilst being pregnant, please feel free to call us on 0800 4581 226 and we will answer any questions or concerns you may have about your driving lesson requirements.