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3 Things You Should Never Do If You Are In Labor While In A Taxi

If you are pregnant and go into labor when there is no one at home to drive you or there is no one that you can call, a taxi can come to your rescue. This can be convenient for you but you should still be careful, as there are some things you should never do while en route to the hospital. Below are three of these things so you can have a happy, healthy baby.

Do Not Sit Up Front

The taxi driver may tell you it is okay for you to sit up front because you are in labor but decline their offer. If they were to be in a wreck, the airbag could harm you, as well as your baby. If you still want to sit up front, move the seat as far back as you can away from the dash. You should still make sure you wear your seat belt, however, no matter how hard it is to get it around you.

Do Not Wait Too Long

If you know for sure you have no one to take you to the hospital, go ahead and call a taxi as soon as you feel the first pain. This will likely give you much more time before you have your baby. It is common to have Braxton Hicks contractions around this time in your pregnancy, but you will never know this until the pain starts going away. The hospital can tell if you are in true labor soon after you arrive at the hospital.

Do Not Alert the Taxi Driver

If you are in the beginning stages of labor, you likely are not in very bad pain. If not, and it is easy for you to hide the pain, do not alert the taxi driver that you are in labor. If you do tell them, this will make them nervous, which can affect their driving. If your pains do become worse on the way to the hospital, however, speak up to let the driver know so they can try to get you to the hospital faster.

If you are in very bad labor and your water has broken, you should call an ambulance instead of a taxi. This way you and your baby will be completely safe during the trip to the hospital. Your obstetrician can give you more tips about getting safely to the hospital in a taxi. For more information or assistance, contact a local obstetrician.