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Driving for Pregnant Women Becomes Safer

Becoming a first time mother is full of new experiences and worries, starting from the moment you discover you’ve conceived. Everyday activities such as driving can become worrisome, especially when you find that everything from your favorite jeans to your seatbelt no longer fit the way they used to!

The Tummy Shield is an Australian-based product designed to protect your little one in utero whenever you are driving. With a combination as simple as a cushion and safety strap, expectant moms are able to guard their most precious cargo without a lot of hassle.

It was created by an Australian inventor over many years of  testing and hard work.  He became commited to creating a safer seat belt after his 7 month pregnant wife was involved in a minor car accident that he believed caused brain damage to their first child.

To use, simply place the Tummy Shield cushion and fasten with buckle. You may need to use an extension piece if you are bigger or further along in your pregnancy. Put on your seat belt as you normally would, and then pull it away so you can fasten it securely to the provided hook.

With your seatbelt now safely away from the tummy area, you have just successfully beaten the odds of fetal death that often occur in even moderate automobile accidents.

You can watch a video of the product here or below.

You can purchase the Tummy Shield through their official website , or by visiting other fine online retailers.

Editor's Update: There are now several seatbelt options for pregnant woman easily available in the U.S.  The Dreambaby Bump Belt is one option. Another is the Deluxe Comfort Seat Belt Pad.

Hat tip to Make World Better.

Tamara M. Warta
Innovative Baby and Children's Products
InventorSpot.com

Comments
May 6, 2008
by Anonymous

That's cool. It's like a

That's cool. It's like a carseat for moms. It looks like it would be a benefit to have.

May 7, 2008
by Anonymous

Safe?

I have read on the TummyShield website that they have conducted tests to judge the devices performance in car crashes, but I wonder if there has been any official tests conducted on the device. Maybe it is just too new that no 'standard' exists.

May 8, 2008
by Tammy
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thank you for commenting

Thanks for reading!

 

Tamara Warta

Innovative Baby and Child Products

Inventorspot.com

May 8, 2008
by Tammy
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testing

Yes, this product's fame seems to be isolated to Australia, so perhaps as it gains more international attention there will be more testing and reviewing done.

 

Thanks for the comment.

 

Tamara Warta

Innovative Baby and Child Products

Inventorspot.com

May 18, 2008
by Anonymous

It's not really new.

Our eldest is 11, and my wife had a similar device for keeping the seatbelt tucked under her bump. As far as I can tell from the photos, the only significant difference is the thickness of the seat-pad.