When traveling by car, remember to:
• Stop regularly to stretch. Avoid staying in a sitting position for more than two hours at a time. Limit total car time to six hours a day, if possible. Walking around for a few minutes every couple of hours will keep blood from pooling in your legs. This activity will reduce the risk of a blood clot forming.
• Wear your seat belt. Now more than ever, it's important to wear your seat belt. Trauma to the mother-to-be is the leading cause of fetal death, and vehicular accidents are to blame for most severe trauma to pregnant women. Wear the lap belt below your abdomen and over your upper thighs, and wear the diagonal shoulder strap between your breasts.
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