Glasto when pregnant..(63 Posts)
I know I am being COMPLETELY unreasonable but
Am I bonkers to want to go to Glastonbury festival when 36 weeks pregnant?!
I need voices of reason to tell me that I am being ridiculous/it will be too much etc
It's my favourite place on earth and would love to be able to tell my son his first Glasto was in my tummy!
Silly, I know
I’m going but I’ll only be 23 weeks. I tend to stick to the compost loos mainly anyway and my shewee has been a game changer!
@Smotheroffive the last time you could buy a ticket close to the time was 2008 after two really wet years. No chance of making your mind up closer to the time unless you're happy to lose the ticket price.
I think not going is a good decision. I do know people who have been when pregnant but not that far along.
I know the festival very well and I wouldn't do it.
It's fucking massive and tiring.
The weather is usually one extreme or another. Really fucking hot or really wet IME.
Trying to get comfy in a tent-urgh.
People pushing and shoving especially at night.
It's a magical place and the healthcare on site is brilliant so I'd have no concerns there but you'll probably be exhausted and a bit miserable.
I wouldn't, I skipped it at 39 weeks as was sure the walking would have bought on labour and didn't want to give birth there as go with friends, but DH.
Do people really pee in long skirts - eugh!!!
Is this your first pregnancy? I was hospitalised at 36 weeks (3rd DC) with polyhydramnious, i was the size of a house and couldn't sleep, walk or get on and off the loo without help. Methinx you would be crazy to go at that time! Even with a normal pregnancy everything is 10 times harder by that stage. Don't chance it.
I wouldn't buy a ticket till very close so you know how comfortable or not you are.
There certainly are amazing MW there who will look after you very well,but as you've been before you'll know the risks of getting knocked about and how physically draining it can be. If you're not sleeping anyway then its just as easy to not sleep there!
I managed very well in high heat, and didn't have bladder frequency issues, and would have been happy to birth there if needed,but you do have to be prepared, and take extra comforts.
It really depends what you expect I guess.
At 36 weeks I went to John Lewis to buy some last-minute bits and bobs for my baby. We parked and went in and I never got further than the toilets. Every time I left the toilets I needed to go back. We came home with nothing.
Stay at home near the loo and watch it on telly.
I was still going to gigs and carrying equipment for the band at 38 weeks and while I was uncomfortable (and had some contractions at the last one I went to) I was glad I was still doing stuff I loved and not just sat at home. I'd do a festival for sure but only if I was within an hour or so of home - otherwise the journey and distance from my home comforts should baby turn up early would make me nervous!
I did joke about going into labour at a metal gig but in hindsight am so fucking glad that didn't happen as being in a shitty pub would have been the pits. Sounds like Glastonbury has some great facilities though so not such a concern!
I had morning sickness up until I had my baby
Also the smell of the long drop + morning sickness.
Unlikely to still be having morning sickness at 36 weeks, but otherwise yes as everyone else has said, it's a really, really bad idea.
I went to some 1-day festivals in London at 35-36 weeks pregnant and was very, very glad to get home every time.
@Wallsbangers they have fully qualified midwives on site and she would be taken off site to the local hospital which is equipped for births. The infrastructure at Glastonbury is actually really efficient.
OP - how far do you live from the site? I didn't go the summer I was pregnant as it's 5 hours from home for us. If I could get off site and home in a couple of hours I would probably do it.
The NCT tent (bottom of Kidz Field) are amazing and the Radical Midwives up in the Greenfields are also an amazing resource for pregnant women. Both places have room for you to rest/nap.
Also the line up isn’t great..
I wouldn't, dirty loos etc not worth risk of getting an infection. Pregnant and balancing over a long drop - nope!
I've been to festivals in early pregnancy but wouldn't contemplate at 36 weeks
Also the smell of the long drop + morning sickness.
Not read the whole thread but I say go for it. I was clubbing in Ibiza at 7 months pregnant. Pacha at 3am while sober is an interesting experience. But it was so much fun and I’m so glad I went.
It’s not worth it. As much as I love glasto being preggers at a festival would be a nightmare. the queue for the long drop, nowhere to sit, getting squished at the pyramid, walking back and forth between there and John peel. It’s too much.
I had to miss it the foo fighters year and will be missing it again this year. Maybe see you next year in the kids field 😂
You won’t be able to drink. You’ll be on your feet for fooooooking hours and walking miles.
The crush of crowds at pinch points will he scary for you.
Staying in a camper would at least get you a toilet and bed - but that increases the walking you’ll be doing.
Ah Op I feel for you I was in exactly your position 3 years ago! I had also been before so was very tempted! The decision was made for me in the end as I found at 20 week scan I had low lying placenta and unless it moved (which I couldn't find out til 34 weeks) would be high risk for bleeds etc so I didn't pay balance on ticket. I will say, when I was massive and uncomfortable watching glasto at home on my sofa (with an ice cream) I felt a bit sad to miss out but relieved as it had definitely been right decision. And then I took my son the following year instead which was ace!😊
Don't do it.
I went to a festival at 36 weeks with DC4. I had my older 3 children with me plus a friend of DS1. It was a complete mudbath, knee deep in mud and it was actually dangerous to walk around.
In the end we were given a refund after the first 36 hours as it just wasn't possible for me to move around safely. Even with industrial wellies on. On the plus side my kids still speak fondly of that weekend and what an adventure it was
Five days at Center Parcs was too much for me at 32 weeks 😂 had horrendous piles from all the walking!
It's a no from me but I assume you already have a ticket so just decide the week before? Give ticket away or sell if you're feeling crappy.
wait until August and take your newborn to Beautiful Days instead.
If you a generally fit and your pregnancy hasn't been too difficult then why the hell not. Ive done pregnancy festivalling and apart from the tiredness and not drinking its all good. Maybe hire a campervan for the week to save sleeping on the floor. Get a lightweight chair to carry around and their are wonderful orgonisations that do water bottle refills if u buy a wristband for a few quid which saves u carrying around water all day. Eat vegan/veggi only so no dodgy tums and avoid the mosh pit. So many women are put off doing this because of horror stories of giving birth in a field. But i think just be sensible. If u can afford it get a b&b near and commute via taxi if its too much. Good luck and congratulations on your pending bundle of joy.
I bloody love Glastonbury but at 36 weeks? Fuck that for a game of soldiers! There's no way I'd have coped with a festival at that stage in either of my pregnancies. I'd have been much too tired, fat, sweaty, uncomfortable with pain in my back and hips, nevermind needing to wee every ten minutes! I'd also be worried about getting help if something went wrong or going into early labour. It just doesn't seem worth it.
You’ve been before so you know the answer to this is weather-dependent!
They have excellent medical facilities (mate who is a nurse volunteers).
Glorious sunny year = yes I probably would
Mud bath year = no way
But then I had an easy pregnancy and I’m taking a little one this year which I swore I would never do - so maybe don’t listen to me 😂 we’re staying in Glastonbury village in a hotel though!
Just finished work and I'm catching up on these messages, thanks all.
I do have a ticket, which I need to pay the balance for by this Sunday. DH has one too, and has his mind made up about not going even though I said he could go without me.
Hadn't even considered the toilet situation!! Gosh it'll be awful, won't it. Thank you to everyone that mentioned that in particular.. it's put me right off!
Sadly live far too far away for a day trip.
I'm in awe of the ladies that have said they've done it at similar stages - my friend went at 7 months but then again she is a trained midwife herself and was surrounded by friends who were healthcare colleagues!
I think watching it from home is a good idea this year, will let my ticket go back into the pot for someone else to enjoy! X
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