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Glastonbury while pregnant

(44 Posts)
thomasina1 Tue 15-Apr-08 16:35:59

This is my first pregnancy and we have tickets for Glastonbury. I am still keen to go but dh is not so sure! Does anyone have any experience of festivals while pregnant? I'll be about 20 wks by the way.

hanaflower Tue 15-Apr-08 16:41:54

I'll be off to the Larmertree festival when I'm 24 weeks pregnant. I'm hoping the tiredness and nausea will have passed by then and I will be in the 'blooming' stage!

Larmertree is a smaller festival, so there is the possibility of going back to the tent for a kip in the afternoon, but I would thing Glasto would be fine if you have been before and know what to expect.

schneebly Tue 15-Apr-08 16:46:52

as long as you are not 'moshing' in the crowd I am sure you will be fine smile Never been to Glasto but am a T in the park veteran - you can just sit on the grass and chill if you feel like it and soak up the atmosphere! If Glasto is like T in the park then there are big screens further back that you can see the bands on without getting squished in the crowd. smile

Servalan Tue 15-Apr-08 17:02:26

I haven't been to a festival when pregnant. Not sure I would have enjoyed the camping myself.

In terms of hanging out at the festival, you can have a quite chilled out time around the greenfields bit (healing field, children's field, greenpeace field, lost vagueness etc) which is a lot more quirky and less crowded.

I personally wouldn't have wanted to be hanging around the big stages in the more commercialised bit of the festival seeing the big bands whilst pregnant (I don't enjoy the crowds in that bit of it generally).

It really depends what you are going to the festival for.

My main reservation would be the camping. I'm not sure if anyone can advise on getting a pitch? When I've gone it has generally be for the day. The one time I did camp I got a nice pitch because DP was performing (not in a big famous way I hasten to add grin)

Fullmoonfiend Tue 15-Apr-08 17:06:42

I have done a festival at 7 months but Glasto is very full-on....have you been before? Do you know what to expect?

My baby got very excited by the bass line (I stood at the very back) and it was very very hot so I did sufffer a bit, but overall was a good experience. But we were in a 'quiet' family field. I would not have coped if I'd been kept awake all night by revellers.
I had a prob with the loos too, as I had t sit fully down (such a big bump, could not 'hovver' and this is not always desirable at festies...I did use disabled loo though.

Peachy Tue 15-Apr-08 17:06:54

Dh worked Glastonbury (catering and security) for many years, I trained to do so but dh did my shifts for avrious reasons.

Did you know Glastonbury actually ahs midwives on site? so help is available if you should need it.

I asked Dh and he really can't see why not what with the hospital provisons etc, indeed 20 weeks in a pregnancy is probably a good time if you are going to do something ike this- past (for most poeple) the sicky part but before you get big and uncomfortable.

Fullmoonfiend Tue 15-Apr-08 17:07:38

also, there is a lot of walking at glasto - because of the sheer size of it all. If yu're up for it, I'm sure you'll have a great time.

beforesunrise Tue 15-Apr-08 18:32:18

i say totally go for it! it's exactly the sort of thing you won't be able to do for a long time afterwards so make the most of it.

20 weeks is the best possible time for such a thing, as you will not feel too knackered, you will not be too big, but you will already show so they should let you jump the queue for the loo smile

have never been, and i wish i had...

gillythekid Tue 15-Apr-08 18:38:48

I've been going to Glasto for 13 years but my baby is due on 14/07 so have reluctantly decided to give it a miss. Have you been before? It's MASSIVE compared to other festivals and unless you get there on Wednesday it's really difficult to camp in the quieter fields. Here are my tips for surviving it.
Bring a blow up bed and a quilt, much cosier in the cold nights than a bag, you can store it in a bin bag in the day so it's not damp when you roll it out at night.
Use wax earplugs and an eye mask to sleep at night, it's soooo noisy.
A 5 litre empty bottle and a P Mate means you can wee in the tent without having to get up in the night. There are loads of contraptions to pee through you can buy on the net.
A hot water bottle will help any bladder pain that sometimes hits as the temperature plummets at night, a camping stove will heat water but stall holders will take pity if you stick out your belly and beg for hot water!!
Wet wipes in abundance to wipe unsightly toilet seats and to keep clean.
A trolley with wheels to get all the stuff onsite as it's sometimes a LONG walk to the car/train/coach.
Factor 15 or above sunscreen and a hat


2 pairs of wellies
Waterproofs and spray
extra groundsheet/tarpaulin
bin bags galore (for muddy bags, wellies etc)

As long as you go prepared you'll be fine, I'm sure most of this you probably know already but rain or shine, you need to be kitted out and ready for anything.
Do you know anyone who fancies wheeling me round in a barrow? If so, I'll register now.

KSal Wed 16-Apr-08 13:10:21

I've had this same dilemma - I've been to Glasto a few times and have decided not to for a couple of reasons... its quite difficult to get decent pitch these days unless you turn up extremely early (mind you its not sold out yet!). We arrived wednesday lunchtime and struggled to find space for our tents (obv if you don't mind being miles away you won't have a prob, but that increases your walking). Another reason is the risk of rain; because Glasto is a bit earlier, the likelihood of a wash out is a bit higher. I was there last year (had a great time) but the amount of mud makes it harder to just sit and chill out. I am planning to go to latitude as its smaller, later and easier for us to get to, so i will still have the probs with the loos (yuck) as i will be 7 months by then.

If you do go, and it rains, get a mate to carry round a folding chair for you... as the one thing that knackered me last year was dragging myself through all the mud and not being able to sit on the floor!!

Flum Wed 16-Apr-08 13:13:39

Yeah, but only Big Chill. Been pregnant, with 4 month old, with 3 yr old and 1 yr old, and hopefully this year with 4 yr old, 2 yr old and a bun in the oven.

Only thing I would say is steer clear of the Es.

And you will get fed up with all the mash heads patting your tummy and getting weepy eyes.

other than that no different really. true is harder to sleep as no booze to slow you down!

RainyWednesday Wed 16-Apr-08 18:51:48

I'll be there at about 28 weeks! I was slightly anxious about it but am a regular poster on myfests (am I allowed to say that here?) and did some searches on threads from there and everyone's experiences seemed very positive, so we're going for it. Having said that, we have booked in to posh camping off site blush - nicer loos and means we can park the car next to our tent, so no carrying. A lot of camping spaces did get full early last year but I've heard that the new camping fields to the north and slightly west of the park were pretty empty and presumably a bit quieter - you're also quite close to a medical centre there. Or they should let you in family camping I would have thought (which I believe is moving this year).

Have an amazing festival and see you in the NCT tent wink

ScubaSarah Wed 09-Jan-13 19:27:38

Resurrecting the thread…

we got tickets before I knew I was pregnant. I will be 34 weeks and still want to go - we have a camper van so sleeping will be comfortable. Am I mad? I know there was someone on here who went at 35weeks - are you still on here and would you do it again? Anyone else who went in 3rd trimester?
(emphasising 3rd try as I (started to) read another thread on Glasto forum about someone freaking out about going at 10 weeks ffhs)

thx smile

Mawgatron Wed 09-Jan-13 20:00:16

I'd go. I wish I wasn't due in June otherwise I would be off to some festivals this summer as well! Have a lovely time on my behalf!

CareerGirl01 Wed 09-Jan-13 20:03:02

Have been to Glastonbury a few times and have to say you are brave. It's a big festival and everything takes ages to get to. I'm pregnant with my second and a smaller festival might be a better idea. Been to Glastonbury three times and each time I came away with a tummy bug. But it was muddy all those years!

TheSecondComing Wed 09-Jan-13 20:05:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Supershiv1 Wed 09-Jan-13 20:06:18

Hmmmm. I would be 35 wks and even though I have been to Glasto and others loads of times I really don't think I'd like it.
That's not saying that you shouldn't go, just personally it's such a massive festival and varies so much weatherwise........plus i wouldn't be on the pear cider..... wine
I see you are ScubaSarah, I suppose I could be Scubashiv. Was at the dive show at the NEC in October and nearly purchased some equipment - good job I didn't!

ScubaSarah Wed 09-Jan-13 21:03:40

Thanks everyone - I have been to glasto about 9 times (from 1992 when it was small and lovelier) including 2 years ago so I do know what I'm getting myself into what I don't know is what being 34 weeks PG is like… I'm happy to pick a stage and sit on comfy chairs but if it's peeing it down I might chose a single day and go then (I live in Somerset)
Will decide in April when we have to pay the balance but any other experience anyone can share would be fab :-)

ScubaSarah Wed 09-Jan-13 21:10:07

PS - Shiv, the scuba thing is tough - I've been diving for >10 years and dive in the UK too - I'm gonna miss it, a lot DH has agreed to give me 1 whole day a month after DC is old enough for me to go dive grin

I've been to Glastonbury at 34 weeks and it was very very hot (2010). We had a camper van, I sat down at every opportunity and stayed as rested & hydrated as possible. Had an absolute ball but it was tiring so chilled out in the Healing Fields a lot. We were v lucky weather-wise, not sure I could have coped in the mud

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Wed 09-Jan-13 21:46:12

I went to Glastonbury festival a week off full term, and yes I went into labour with him there. No problems, I saw the midwife. Went off site to a local hospital and had him there. I had a campervan, I could not have done it otherwise.
Perhaps for the Glastonbury hard core only though!

There is more risk during the first trimester.

ScubaSarah Wed 09-Jan-13 21:48:09

Thank you ladies!!
Would you do it again?

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Wed 09-Jan-13 21:51:59

Definitely worth going this year, Micheal Eavis has taken back the license on the festival. He intends to make it more like the old days hopefully with less crime though

If you decide to go, make yourself known to the medical team at the main hospital -Ivymead, at the top of the hill by the farmhouse, as soon as you arrive.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Wed 09-Jan-13 21:54:15

Course I'd do it again! My DS gets to celebrate his birthday there every year! I'd go pregnant anyday.
There is excellent healthcare there.

blondieminx Wed 09-Jan-13 22:04:29

I went to glasto in 2007 and one of the girls on the coach was 2nd trimester. She said there were MW's on site and she'd been told to take her notes with her and an extra "overnight" kit in case anything happened while she was there. She was on the return coach having had a great (albeit tiring and muddy) time.

I think there is a "family" field at glasto and that pg women are allowed to camp there (prob best to check that via one of the festival chat websites though!).

Fairy fabric softener bottles (the largest size) have a VERY wide neck and avoid the need for middle-of-the-night trips to the grim portaloos for a wee! wink.

It is a HUGE site though and the crowds at the 2 main stages can be hectic - which with a large bump might not be a great experience.

LeChatRouge Wed 09-Jan-13 22:06:53

You'll be ok if you take it easy, don't plan too much. Maybe try and focus on spending lots of time at The Park, it has a lovely stage with a natural auditorium so you can stand well back and still hear and feel the music. Lots of different food stalls and places to sit. I would avoid Lost Vagueness or the Dance Fields at night, very crowded and unpredictable.

As mentioned, there are lots of Welfare places on site so you can get any sort of care you need, if overwhelmed or needing a quick chat with a midwife.

Thefoxsbrush Wed 09-Jan-13 22:14:35

I was 17 weeks pregnant at the VERY hot Glastonbury 2010. It was my first festival! Worst thing was loo smell making me constantly wretch so we camped near the proper flushing loo's. At the main stage there is a big tree near the back on a slight hill. You'll be fine watching sets from here- still part of the festival but not moshing at the front! Tree will also provide shade. I found everyone to be very friendly/chilled out and loved it. It was sooooo hot the year we went, we had to sleep half out of our tent and it was often difficult to find shade. I would still do it again though, It created so many special memories. When we were there we met a lady who was heavily pregnant- left to give birth and returned the next day with a newborn. Amazing!

Petcat Thu 10-Jan-13 00:02:29

Having kids needn't be the end of your festival-going days either. I don't think I could handle Glastonbury while pregnant but I will definitely be taking my baby to some smaller festivals next summer.

My parents took me and my sisters to festivals throughout our childhood, we loved it. Most are great fun for kids, and loads are very family friendly these days. I even know someone who was actually born on site at Glastonbury, under the oak tree to the left of the stone circle!

LucyC12345 Thu 10-Jan-13 14:08:45

I say do it! Yes, Glastonbury's a massive site and there's tonnes of chaos there, but it's also brilliantly set up so as Blondieminx suggested you can camp in the family field... I admittedly have never been to Glastonbury when pregnant but remember seeing pregnant yoga sessions and other nice relaxing things to do in the healing fields.
There's also a very well equipped medical tent onsite and if any emergencies there are always wardens who can help you get into a car and wherever you need to go.
Finally -- you could always try tracking down this lady to see what she says smile


ScubaSarah Thu 10-Jan-13 17:50:06

Thanks everyone - I reckon I'm in!
lucy I think the lady in question is accidentalexhibitionist as per her post above wink

Nexus6 Thu 10-Jan-13 19:24:02

I've got tickets for Glasto and I'll be just over 20 weeks- I'm not going because Glasto really is full on. I would be there with my whole family and I've been for many years but it really is a massive festival.

If it is muddy I'd be really worried about slipping over... Ive done it many a time and with a bump I really dont think its safe. Walking in mud is hard and people knock into me a lot (although.. Im 5'1 so this may be a height issue!)

Pretty gutted though- theres always next year- its a super family friendly place so would happily go with baby (as my mum did with all three of my siblings and myself)

ScubaSarah Thu 10-Jan-13 21:26:23

nexus if it's wet I'll probably give it a miss but if it's dry I can find somewhere to chill and absorb the vibe x
Sorry you'll miss out but there will be others smile

Supershiv1 Thu 10-Jan-13 21:35:23

Perhaps we should all have a Glasto baby meet up next year!
Next year will be my 20th anniversary since I first went (didn't use tickets in those days blush

Supershiv1 Thu 10-Jan-13 21:36:39

ScubaSarah if its really wet you could always wear your BCD!

ScubaSarah Thu 10-Jan-13 21:48:28

shiv that is an awesome plan. It'll be 22 yrs for me since my first next year!
god I'm old

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Fri 11-Jan-13 12:22:14

Scuba, nah that's not me, despite the name I didn't want to court publicity! My DS will have his tenth birthday at Glastonbury this year.

ScubaSarah Fri 11-Jan-13 17:47:04

Ah-ha! Sorry Accidental , my mistake on making the assumption wink

Supershiv1 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:17:55

Pre-erected quiter camping on sale Monday. Is this the pregnant solution?
Official #WorthyView off-site camping announced for Glastonbury 2013. Bookings open from Monday - info at http://bit.ly/wrthyview

Racheyg Wed 06-Feb-13 20:55:46

Wow I'm so glad I found this site....I will be 36 weeks + 2 days pregnant when Glastonbury comes around. And I can't wait borrowed my mum and dads motor home so will be in comfort. I'm glad to hear other soon to be mums doing it as I was a little worried when looked back at old videos and remembered the size! Obv going to take it easy and get bf to carry a chair around for me. Hope you all enjoy glasto, hoping for a excellent line up! X

sjr404 Mon 01-Apr-13 19:47:55

Hi, nice to find recent posts on this subject! I'll be 30 wks pg for Glastonbury and I've decided to go for it!!! Argh slightly nervous but as long as it doesn't rain I'll be there smile I don't want to risk slipping over. I've taken on board all the tips above and def can't wait to experience a different kind of glasto with a more chilled out vibe this time round. Are the Radical Midwifes there this year? I've heard they do casts of your belly! ha

SimplyRedHead Mon 01-Apr-13 20:17:10

A friend of mine managed to get into the disabled camping area whilst pregnant and had a great time with all the very clean flushing loos and extra space etc.

Might be worth finding out if that's an option?

specialknickers Mon 01-Apr-13 21:32:30

I wouldn't! I loathe Glastonbury though, and having been several times find it an experience akin to shopping in Oxford street at rush hour, but or four days, with no bed and no decent loos.

I went to latitude when 4 months Pg with ds tough, and that was fun. The toilets aren't as bad as Glastonbury and its smaller, so less walking about.

If you do go: second the earplugs / pee receptacle / air bed thing and would add that you are sure you bring antibacterial hand gel and only eat food that is piping hot(preferably fried) if you are eating from stalls. All the caterers are using the same hygiene facilities you are... Nuff said.

queenofthepirates Mon 01-Apr-13 21:33:54

Keep an eye out for my very brave 38 weeks pregnant friend who's also going!

PuggyMum Mon 01-Apr-13 22:33:13

Hi! Watching for tips as I'm planning to go to v Festival at 7 months.

We camp in the disabled bit and look after friends so not too worried about that side. We already use proper blow up beds and duvets.

I'm just more worried in case its too muddy and slippy!!

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