A pregnant woman in London says a fellow commuter asked her to prove her pregnancy when she tried to get a seat on London’s Underground subway system.
Raayan Zafar, 32, isn’t showing much yet, but wears a designated “Baby on Board” pin during her commute. But the badge wasn’t enough proof for a man who questioned her about taking a priority seat.
“I showed him my ‘Baby on Board’ badge and he then rudely asked me: ‘Where is the baby?’ ” Zafar told the London Evening Standard. “I was shocked. Is that the way to speak to a pregnant lady? Do I have to carry my maternity notes with me all the time?”
Zafar told the Standard that while her baby bump isn’t obvious, “that doesn’t mean I’m not pregnant or tired or sick all the time.”
“It was a long commute and I suffer from severe morning sickness. I’m on medication already,” she said. “I feel dizzy and out of energy, which makes standing in the tube quite difficult when there is not enough ventilation.”
Zafar added she often sees pregnant women during her commute, and people see their “Baby on Board” badges and simply ignore them.
“I think we need to educate people more about this,” she told the Standard.
“People know about disabled people and they are more considerate because they can see it, whereas with a pregnancy they can’t see it at a certain time so they think everything is fine.”
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According to the Transport for London site, “having a Baby on Board badge makes it easier by letting other passengers know that you have a very good reason to need a seat.”
The site indicates that moms-to-be can order the badge online or at station ticket offices.