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Glastonbury while pregnant

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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.

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!!

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Thank you ladies!!
Would you do it again?

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.

MakeTeaNotWar Wed 09-Jan-13 21:16:01

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

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