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Were you able to drive right up untill birth.

(57 Posts)
SweetPea86 Sat 08-Mar-14 13:50:00

Just curious really, I'm 34 weeks and if I'm going around a corner and lean forward to double check my ribs are in agony as baby seems to love resting his feet up there.

Was it possible to drive at 36 - 40 weeks I feel fine driving at the mo but my mum keeps nagging me saying I shouldn't lol

MirandaWest Sat 08-Mar-14 13:51:28

I drove up until I was 40+3 with DD - drove myself to hospital for a sweep that day.

Didn't drive when I was in labour the next day grin

CharlieWoo Sat 08-Mar-14 13:51:32

I drove home at 38 weeks and went into labour a few hours later. I drove right to the end!

MyNameIsKenAdams Sat 08-Mar-14 13:51:50

Yes, I was still driving at 40+1. I was certain id be able to drive in labour but alas, it was too painful for me to even contemplate it.

I figured id drive as long as it didnt hurt too much or I couldnt get the belt round me.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 08-Mar-14 13:53:27

Yes, drove right up to labour, and did a five hour drive when my second daughter was five days old.

Catsmamma Sat 08-Mar-14 13:53:47

I didn't even pass my test until I was 37 weeks with ds1. Moved house at 38 weeks...lots of driving with the car packed to the gunnells :D

Good job he was almost two weeks late really.

McFlurry Sat 08-Mar-14 13:53:54

I was still driving the day before I was induced at 41+3

stargirl1701 Sat 08-Mar-14 13:58:55

Yes. I drove up until the day I gave birth.

BikeRunSki Sat 08-Mar-14 14:00:03

Yes. I was driving 5 mins before my waters broke with dd at 39 wks.

Christelle2207 Sat 08-Mar-14 14:05:17

Yes definitely. However did not venture far from home in the last weeks- half hour trips at the most. It was a bit uncomfortable so I wouldn't have wanted to drive long distance. I also cycled till the endwink

GingerMaman Sat 08-Mar-14 14:07:52

Yes definitely, until dat before.

ThePowerOfCake Sat 08-Mar-14 15:05:24

I'm still driving short distances at 38+6. Not sure when I'll stop as I can still easily reach pedals and steering wheel and DH doesn't drive.

ShoeWhore Sat 08-Mar-14 15:10:56

Yes - I passed my test at 37 weeks and ds arrived 2 weeks later. I got quite a bit of practice in before he turned up grin

Nocomet Sat 08-Mar-14 15:15:09


EirikurNoromaour Sat 08-Mar-14 15:15:19

Yes I was driving the day before he was born at 40+ 3. It was tricky especially with no power steering but not impossible.

hubbahubster Sat 08-Mar-14 15:17:40

I'm learning to drive and I'm 28 weeks. Will be doing my test three weeks before I'm due so I'm delighted to hear that some of you did the same!

rockybalboa Sat 08-Mar-14 15:17:50

Yep. Had to get my other DC to nursery so no choice really. Don't remember it being especially uncomfortable other than with DS1 when we still had a stupid 2 seater sports car til quite late on and that was a bugger to get in and out of with a bump.

greentshirt Sat 08-Mar-14 15:19:53

Im still driving at 35 weeks and not planning on stopping. I am having loads of pain under my ribs though which is worse when im squashed up in the car so will only be doing necessary journeys now. I can still fit fine in the car though so if I was feeling ok I dont think it would be an issue

Hoppinggreen Sat 08-Mar-14 15:20:32

Yes I did. I went to my GP on my due date for my 1st for a routine check and she sent me to hospital as she was worried I had pre Eclampsia. Never occurred to me or to drive there. When I did they said they wanted to induce me but I said that I didn't want to leave my (new) car in the car park and I didn't have my bags or anything so could I come back next day.
They agreed so I drove myself home.
I went into labour naturally later that night - got DH to drive me then though !!!

StainlessSteelCat Sat 08-Mar-14 15:21:39

Continued up until start of labour, if baby had been late I may have had to stop because if my bump was any bigger the seat would have been so far back I wouldn't have reached the steering wheel or pedals! One pregnancy the car door all froze shut when I was 4 months or so, I managed to climb in via the boot grin The thought of not driving at end of pregnancy was horrific, I had SPD and walking far was not an option.

ipswichwitch Sat 08-Mar-14 15:24:34

I drove myself in for a sweep the day before I had DS at 39 + 6. The last couple of weeks I never drove far as I found it uncomfortable sitting still for any length of time.

ZingSweetMango Sat 08-Mar-14 16:38:47

yes. drove beyond 41 weeks with 2 of them (DS2, DS5)

when I was pg with DD and 5 days over I drove back home after picking up kids from school.
15 mins later my waters broke and she was born in 12 hours.
so there.wink

ZingSweetMango Sat 08-Mar-14 16:40:34

also I had my UK driving test when 8 me months pg with DS2 (as my Hungarian one was not going to be valid about a month after he was due)

BeCool Sat 08-Mar-14 16:41:47

Yes. But not in labour smile

SummerRain Sat 08-Mar-14 16:57:16

I was driving the day before I gave birth to ds2 at 40+5. It was a bit uncomfortable but totally manageable.

But everyone is different and your body shape, how the baby is lying and type of car are all going to affect whether you can keep driving.

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