Riding the Bus While Pregnant
Let’s get one thing straight right now, pregnant women, small children, those with mobility issues and elderly citizens get first priority when it comes to seating on a bus. Young, spry businessmen do not. I’ve almost passed out, thrown up and fallen over because I didn’t speak up and get myself a seat. Don’t do that. Taking care of your baby means taking care of yourself and making sure you are safe.
Getting a Seat
- If you aren’t showing yet, get ready to suck it up and stand. You can also ask someone to let you have his or her seat. Just tell them you are suffering from morning sickness. They will move in a hurry.
- If you are showing, wear some tighter tops and stick out that belly. This is no time to be shy about that growing figure you have.
- Ask the bus driver to help you get a seat if no one will move.
Where to Sit
Like many modes of transportation, you can get motion sickness on a bus too. Try to stay towards the front of the bus. If you have the option to sit forward, backwards or sideways, pick the best for you. I always found sideways worked better because my stomach didn’t react to the constant stop and go as much. If I couldn’t get that seat, then I would sit face forward. Backwards has never been a good option for me.
When to Ride
Try to ride slightly off-peak. This isn’t always possible because of work schedules, but if you know the bus that comes 10 minutes earlier is less crowded, make a point of getting on it. Or stay at work 10 minutes later to take the bus that misses the rush. You are more likely to get a seat and have a little breathing room if you need it.
What to Pack
- Water. Have a bottle of water with you at all times. You never know when a wave of nausea will creep up.
- Crackers. If there is room in your purse for an iPad than there is room for crackers to calm your queasy stomach.
- Distractions. If you can’t read and ride at the same time, what about a little music to keep you entertained or a book on tape?
Above all, be honest with yourself about what you need. Ask for help or for a seat if you are not feeling well or stable. If this still is not working, consider driving for the remainder of your pregnancy if that is an option. You will be in control of the motion and you won’t have to smell someone’s body odor or bag of McDonalds they are bringing home for dinner.
For more tips and tricks check out the Pregnant Travels page.