Is it a muffin top or a baby bump?

Whilst commuters rush around on their journey to work or business meetings, focusing on juggling their coffee, hand or manbag, free issue of Metro newspaper on route, pregnant women are struggling to get a seat.

Trying to avoid an elbow or just being knocked into while pregnant, with the side effects of dizziness, swollen feet and nausea during pregnancy is not something to smirk about.

“Journey stages by public transport modes (defined as bus, tram, Underground, DLR, rail, taxis and private hire vehicles) increased in share from 30 per cent in 1993 to 34 per cent by 2000, and to 41 per cent by 2008 and 2009.

“This 7 percentage point increase in the share of public transport stages between 2000 and 2009 is equivalent to a 5 percentage point increase in trip based mode share for public transport in London (see Table 2.4)”, according to Transport for London.

In 2009, pregnant women were competing with often oblivious commuters, numbering:

  • 2300 million on buses
  • 1100 million on the Underground
  • 69 million on the DLR
  • 840 million on rail services
  • 2.2 million on the river

The baby on board badge range from Babyonboardbadge.co.uk comes in an array of colours to fit every outfit. At 5.8cm in diameter, the badges offers mums-to-be a trendy, cheeky and cute way to embrace their bump while commuting and to make the obvious more obvious, and they cost as little as £1.20!

Recently launched are the
range of tote bags that can be used during pregnancy and beyond. Tote bags are all the rage at the moment, with shoppers trying to do their bit for the environment.

Mums-to-be are no different in that respect, but they can kill two bird with one stone – help the environment, and get the message across to commuters that they are pregnant and that a seat should be offered to them as a priority.

The bags cost just £5.95 and are made from 100% cotton. The range has every mum in mind – those carrying a boy, or twins…there is something for everyone, and the range is growing all the time.

Many pregnant women await a seat, on busy buses, tubes and trains but are fatefully ignored or dismissed. Wearing a babyon board badge means that expectant mums are given a voice, instead of an elbow in their side, when stuck in cramped carriages or galleys, making the journey safe for them and baby.

View the range of badges at www.babyonboardbadge.co.uk or a sneaky follow on Twitter @babyboardbadge.

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Written by Joycellyn Akuffo

Founder and editor of www.motherswhowork.co.uk, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out www.geekschool.co.uk) and journalist.

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