Since I am now 33 weeks and have recently started feeling faint when travelling on the train (mainly in the morning), I have started wearing a 'Baby on Board' badge, and have been shocked by the total lack of impact that it (together with my massive bump) has. It's been about two weeks and only one person has proactively offered me their seat during this time. Has anyone else experienced this, or is it only me who travels to and from work with a bunch of miserable b*stards?! Earlier this week, after I had travelled two stops standing up, a guy got up and smiled and gestured to me as he was doing so, so I thought: ah, he's just noticed me, and now he's giving me his seat. But in fact, he was getting off the train! So, by gesturing, he was just saying: "I no longer need this chair, so you may have it. I am offering it to you over the other passengers." Ridiculous!
Then, this morning things hit an all time low. I only just managed to get on to the train at all, it was so packed, and realised after we got to the first stop that I was going to faint if I didn't sit down. So, once I managed to get away from the door area to an actual carriage, I asked politely "Would anyone mind if I sat down?" The response was astounding. The 10 or so people in the immediate vicinity (mostly women) all sullenly looked down, and made no attempt at all to get up, or to give any explanation as to why they couldn't. Finally, (after what felt like a minute or so) the guy who was closest to me, who they had all started to stare at, eventually got up, notwithstanding that he was the least best placed to do so, since he had a laptop on his knee. I felt like saying to the women who I ended up sitting opposite: "You wait 'til you get pregnant!!"
Seriously, it's one thing not to proactively offer a seat to a pregnant woman, but quite another to refuse to budge once she is in so much discomfort she is forced to ask for one! I received the kind of looks people give when someone is trying to get on to an already packed carriage and asks "Can everyone move down?"!!