Pregnancy is certainly not an excuse for the long hiatus I've taken from updating this blog. But nevertheless, I am 9 months pregnant now and ready to not be anymore.
I really didn't start showing until past 7 months and felt fine standing even in the most crowded conditions. However, the last 4 weeks have been tougher and there really isn't a doubt that sitting is safer than bumping left and right on a brake-happy train.
I find it easier to ask on behalf of other people in need of a seat than for myself. It's a little different for me, not sure why. I try to avoid it if I feel physically strong for the day but there are times when I feel completely worn out and in need of resting my numb legs after a long day.
You'd be surprised the type of responses I get. Here are a few examples for your amusement, and mind you, mostly from men:
1) You're pregnant? You don't look big enough to be?
2) Don't cover yourself with a jacket, how am I supposed to know you're pregnant?
3) Yeah, yeah, just take it, I'm getting off at the next stop anyways
4) Sigh...ugh....let me finish up an email
To be fair 90% of the time, there is someone who voluntarily offers his/her seat. And they do it very willingly and politely.