A survey published in the Telegraph says most people can’t tell, and as a result, a lot of pregnant women are forced to stand on public transit. Either that, or a lot of people are refusing to give up their seats to pregnant women, and using “she might have just been fat” as a lame excuse.
This never happened to me. I rode on a lot of buses and trains while preggers, and people fell all over themselves to give me a seat. But my cute little bump became basketball-sized real fast; people who saw me at 5 months pregnant thought I was about to give birth.
I find it hard to believe that it’s really so very hard to tell when a woman is pregnant. Even if it is, erring on the side of thinking someone needs help and should have a seat on the train seems like the thing to do.
On the other hand, I find it easy to believe that lots of people won’t budge for a pregnant woman. These would be the same people who push occupied wheelchairs out of their way in grocery stores and slam doors in the faces of harried moms carrying two kids and a week’s shopping.
It’s a rude, rude world.
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