May 12th 2014 – NPR Publishes Online Article – “Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think”

(PRWEB) June 20, 2014

NPR Releases Article – “Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think” by Michaeleen Doucleff – NPR.

In the online article Michaeleen Doucleff of NPR writes about the findings of a large study out of Canada regarding the risks of driving while pregnant. An interesting article stating that “expectant mothers are more likely to have serious car crashes”.

This Canadian study confirms what the team at Safe Ride 4 Kids already know – pregnant mothers and their unborn babies are at higher risk of a car crash and severe injury than non pregnant drivers.

Studies reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association states, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause (4 of 5 or 82%) of fetal deaths related to maternal trauma. Improved tracking of traumatic fetal injury deaths is important to stimulate and guide research and efforts to reduce the risks to women and fetuses from injury during pregnancy.”

The problem is that tiny babies are not meant to travel at high speeds then come to a sudden stop by hitting a seat belt. At minimal speed seat belts can still cause serious damage to an unborn child. Studies also show that seat belts can cause damage to the placenta or the organ that provides nourishment to the unborn baby.

The NPR article quotes emergency room doctor Donald Redelmeier who lead the study, “pregnant women should drive more carefully. Obey stop signs. Don’t speed. Minimize distractions – standard safe driving habits. That seems like such incredibly banal advice to give. I realize that,” Redelmeier says. “But every one of our crashes in the study could have been avoided by a small change in driver behaviors.”

Safe Ride 4 Kids offer another solution in addition to the driving safe while pregnant. The solution is the Tummy Shield.

No matter how safe a person drives there is always the risk of an accident. The Tummy Shield was designed by Australian engineers to reduce the risk of injury to the unborn child and the pregnant mother by diverting seat belt pressure away from the tummy area or abdomen to the thigh and pelvis area.

The Tummy Shield is a simple, effective and affordable solution that may help protect pregnant mothers and their unborn babies in the unfortunate event of a car crash.

More information including safety information and crash test results can be found at the Tummy Shield website at

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