ATLANTA (WAOK) – Expectant mothers should fasten their seatbelts to ensure a healthy ride of life. A new U.S. study indicates pregnant moms who are not buckled in during a car crash are more likely to lose the pregnancy. The results appearing in the “American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reinforce previous studies on the subject. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends seat belts should be worn at all times and the lap belt should be located low across the hip bones, below the belly.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 14: Newborn babies rest inside the Neonatal ward at the Malalai Maternity hospital on October 14, 2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a UNICEF survey, one in nine Afghan women die during or shortly after pregnancy in Afghanistan, one of the highest rates in the world. At the hospital there are approximately 60 to 100 babies born each day, with many women making long journeys to receive the free medical care. UNICEF states that many pregnant women are deprived of basic health care and only 11 percent of deliveries take place in a healthcare facility. In many cases the conservative Afghan culture places the health of many women at risk. Forty percent of the women in Afghanistan are married before the age of 18 with one third having children before reaching adulthood. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)File photo of newborn babies resting. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)