Pregnancy Safety & Driving When Pregnant

It's not just about you and your shape.....It's about you, your shape, your car, your car seat, your seatbelt and how it all fits together

64% of mothers and mothers-to-be, believe that the diagonal of a car seat belt is a potential hazard to their unborn child. *

87% of pregnant women wear standard car seatbelts, incorrectly. **

There are an estimated, 3000 to 5000 foetal deaths in car accidents in the USA, every year. ***


Research has shown that car accidents are leading cause of accidental foetal deaths. Even in relatively slow accidents, serious harm, such as placental abruption can be caused.


We recognise that for many pregnant mums, wearing a seatbelt in cars can be difficult. Which is why we developed the pixie™ Pregnancy Seatbelt Harness for driving when pregnant!

The Pregnancy Seatbelt harness is essentially a shoulder harness that is fitted to the standard inertia reel seatbelt, which is put on in the normal way. It clips onto the diagonal section of the car seatbelt, which is then placed behind the wearer.

The piXie™ Pregnancy Harness is designed to reduce the possible danger of injury to the foetus by a standard inertia reel seatbelt in the event of an accident. When the shoulder harness is worn, the diagonal of the seatbelt acts as an anchor and any forces in a rapid deceleration are now spread between the shoulders, chest & hips, keeping the diagonal away from the belly.

The current RoSPA guidelines for pregnant women in cars is to use the standard car seat belt provided as follows:

All pregnant women must wear seat belts by law when travelling in cars. This applies to both front and back seats and pregnancy does not in itself automatically provide exemption from the law. The safest way for pregnant women to wear a seat belt is:

  • Place the diagonal strap between the breasts (over the breastbone) with the strap resting over the shoulder, not the neck.
  • Place the lap belt flat on the thighs, fitting comfortably beneath the enlarged abdomen, and over the pelvis not the bump.
  • The seat belt should be worn as tight as possible.
  • Move the front seat as far back as possible.
  • Make sure your breastbone is at least 10 inches from the steering wheel.
  • Move the seat back as your abdomen grows to keep as much distance as possible between the steering wheel and the airbag while still operating your vehicle safely.

*Bolton University survey
**Dr. Serpil Acar, Loughborough University
***US Road Safety Statistics