Although it's nice to get compliments when you're pregnant, it's degrading and embarrassing when building workmen on a busy high street start shouting things like "Oi Sexy, give us a smile!" or "Come on beautiful, make my day!" - I wouldn't mind if they were good looking but they were all over 50 and fat with no hair! When your'e pregnant, your whole world changes and suddenly things don't seem as easy as they used to be. Here are a few ideas of things that could be done to help make life easier for us.
FASHION - Our fashion designers lack imagination when it comes to pregnancy fashion. The clothes I have found have been really old fashioned and frumpy. I feel with the right clothes and shoes you can look and feel very attractive instead of fat!
SHOPPING - When you're pregnant it is not advisable to lift heavy stuff. In one incident a Security Guard asked if I needed help. I accepted and he then just stuck the item in my basket. Not very helpful really! So my advice to people who work in shops, if you offer us assistance please try to make an effort, otherwise don't bother.
QUEUING - I feel that pregnant women should have special privileges when it comes to queues. Standing on your feet all day isn't fun at the best of times, but its much more uncomfortable when you are pregnant trust me on that one! Here's how I think things should be when you are pregnant:
- No queuing for anything
- Car parking spaces near the shops like the disabled, so we don't need to walk far with our shopping
- Comfortable seating in restaurants & theatres
- Have alcohol free beer in pubs; this should be more widely available anyway.
- Special menus in restaurants for us, which are more healthy and interesting (with all the stuff we can not have taken out!). Vegetarians are catered for, so why not cater for pregnant women?
CAR SIGNS - You've seen the 'Baby on Board' signs, well I think for pregnant women there should be a sign saying 'Pregnant Woman on Board' so that other drivers are more patient and careful. And by the way - no jokes about just having a 'wide load' sign instead!