How to cope with commuting when pregnant
Tips to help you get through commuting during your pregnancy
Commuting on public transport can be tough - especially when trains are delayed, carriages start heating up and you find yourself standing up. But with some careful planning, a creative approach and asking loudly for a seat, all can go smoothly.
Here’s our quick guide to making the daily commute work for you.
Ward off fatigue and dizziness by drinking regularly and eating natural, energy-giving foods (such as fruit and nuts). Keep nausea at bay with our top tips for managing morning sickness.
If you feel tired, find somewhere to sit and relax for a mo. Make it your mission to identify ideal pit-stop locations en-route.
Check out upgrades
Some train companies offer upgrades for mums-to-be. Check the detail though – many schemes come with all sorts of ridiculous restrictions.
As your bump grows, your centre of gravity changes - so best avoid high heels for the commute. Just keep a few pairs of cool shoes under your desk.
Ask for a seat
While some hard-hearted people do defend their seats against all odds, it’s best to believe most commuters do want to help. Some simply don’t notice - or they’re worried about offering you a seat in case you’re not pregnant. It’s simply not fair for you to stand while others sit though, so do dig deep and ask for a seat. To make life easier, seek out the priority seating area and if you’re on the tube, you can always erase all doubt with a baby on board badge .
Work at home
If you can do your work remotely, why not ask about working a few days a week at home?
Chat to your boss
If this isn’t working, why not try and adjust your hours - some women find coming in an hour earlier or later makes for a far quieter journey.