Doctor explains correct way to wear your seat belt if you're pregnant in TikTok video

If you're pregnant there are a lot of rules you're required to remember each day about what you should and shouldn't be doing: taking your prenatal vitamins, avoiding alcohol, the list goes on. 

But a Scottish doctor with 133,000 TikTok followers says there's one mistake she sees many pregnant people make, especially in their third trimester. 

Dr Katie offered some key advice in a TikTok about wearing your seatbelt properly when sitting in the car. 

"Yesterday I was working in the emergency department and I was looking after a young lady who was in her third trimester of pregnancy and unfortunately she had been involved in a car accident," explained the doctor, who was 34 weeks pregnant herself while filming the clip. 

"'As part of my assessment, I was asking her where she was wearing her seat belt and she indicated she was wearing it across her pregnant bump just like this."

Dr Katie then indicated how the lower strap of the seatbelt was stretched across the middle of her bump. 

"And it dawned on me that not everyone may know the safest way to wear a seat belt during pregnancy if they're travelling in a car." 

The emergency doctor then explained if you're pregnant, you should be wearing the lower strap of the seatbelt tucked underneath your bump, and have the upper strap high above it, between your breasts. 

"You should [also] have your seat as far back from the steering wheel as is safe to do so," she added. "This is to minimise the impact of the airbags hitting you and your pregnant belly if they do go off."

She finished the clip by adding if you are pregnant and get in a car accident - even a minor one - you should immediately see your obstetrician or midwife to ensure everything is OK.

Many commenters wrote they had no idea and thought they were being responsible when having their bump encased in a seatbelt. 

"I was taught this two hours before I was in a bad car accident at 22 weeks. It literally saved my son's life," one person wrote. 

"Thank you so much for this! I'm 26 weeks and haven't been told this," added another.