Hi All, I just wanted to share a positive story with you about the London tube for once! I'm 26 weeks pregnant and have been down in London all day, got the tube a total of 6 times and each time I was offered a seat on more than one occasion! Lots of horror stories on here about it but this weekend Londoners... You did good! X
I've just finished work for maternity leave at 36 weeks, having commuted daily in rush hour on the tube in rush hour. I had to ask for a seat about a third of the time I'd say but more often someone would offer. A few people saw and then ignored my enormous bump but they really were the exception.
I get offered a seat quite frequently. Often in rush hour the people sat down can't see me as other people in the way but I'm in my second trimester so often say thanks but I'm fine anyway. At the weekend though, I hardly ever get offered. Earlier on I would have said it was tourists who didn't know what the badge means but the bump is pretty obvious now. Tourists often seem to be complaining loudly about standing for 1 stop so maybe they just can't cope without a seat!
31 weeks and have a 3hr commute each day with two trains and a tube each way. Can.count on one hand the times I've had to stand on any leg of that journey and on each of those occasions, I didn't mind (I'd have asked if I was struggling).
Have also had someone opposite me ask if I was ok.and keep an eye on me when I went lightheaded one journey - she.spotted my sudden change in colour.
People aren't as inconsiderate as they're made out to be!
I think it depends partly on which line you take. I often have to use the sweatbox that is the Piccadilly, crammed full of people coming in from heathrow with their massive suitcases, and they are the WORST for feigning sleep as soon as they see the badge/bump!
I'd say the opposite about tourists - those that only use the tube seldomly seem less aware of things like priority seats, letting people off before you get on and so on. I commuted via mainline rail and underground up to 37 weeks and I too could count on one hand the number of times I wasn't offered a seat. Of those handful of times only a couple were people obviously ignoring me, the rest were people genuinely not noticing I think. I've commuted on the tube for years, I've normally got my headphones on as well as a book/kindle/paper in front of me so it's easily done. You tend to remember the bad experiences over the good IMO.