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In this post, we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about a fantastic new campaign by the Maternity Experts Mama Mio. The ‘We’re Expecting’ campaign is a brilliant initiative to draw attention to an issue which is all too commonly overlooked. Many of us rely on public transport every day, and if you do, you’re aware of how hot, cramped, and uncomfortable buses and tubes can be at rush hour. What is uncomfortable and unpleasant for most, however, can be more so, even to the point of being dangerous, for pregnant women.
At this point, many of those reading will be thinking that were they to see a pregnant woman on the tube or bus they wouldn’t hesitate to give up their seat. We were surprised to discover, however, that this doesn’t ring true for everyone. And what’s more, the statistics back it up.
When 2,000 regular public transport users were surveyed, these results were uncovered:
The greatest takeaway from this survey is that there is a clear problem in the way the British public address pregnancy on public transport, stemming from a lack of awareness of the physical symptoms that commonly affect pregnant women.
The Mama Mio campaign is an attempt to draw attention to some basic facts, facts that will make life easier for pregnant women on public transport, and hopefully make things easier for you too.
1. Standing up for long periods of time while pregnant can be extremely uncomfortable. If somebody is visibly pregnant and you are able-bodied, offering your seat up on public transport for them will be appreciated, even if they don’t require it.
2. If you’re unsure of whether or not somebody is pregnant there is a right way to go about attempting to offer your seat. Check out our etiquette guide here.
3. It’s not only heavily pregnant women that may need a seat. Women are actually more prone to symptoms such as light-headedness, sickness, and changes in blood pressure which can cause fainting in the earliest stages of pregnancy.
If you want to get behind the campaign, then the easiest way you can get involved is to talk about it. If you or someone you know has a story you want to share about pregnancy on public transport, you can join in by using the hashtag #ExpectingChange.
Furthermore, with any purchase from Mama Mio, you’ll receive a free I’m Expecting Badge, which is the perfect tool for pregnant women to let passengers know that they may need a seat. Whether you or someone you know may benefit from it, buy a Mama Mio product today and make sure to spread the word.
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Getting public transport can be difficult for expecting mothers, and Mankind, alongside Mama Mio, is #expectingchange. Check out our etiquette guide for giving up your seat on public transport.
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