When you’re expecting a baby – and heavily pregnant, at that – sometimes having to stand for even a few minutes can prove too much. This is why, at 38 weeks pregnant, London commuter Miri Michaeli Schwartz has had enough.
Miri took to Facebook this week to express her frustration over being forced to stand on the Tube every day – despite wearing her ‘Baby On Board’ badge.
Now that her due date is nearing, and travelling is getting more and more difficult, Miri decided to give a candid insight into what she faces everyday on the train.
“I decided today to take a hidden camera with me in order to show you how one day of my life looks, standing sometimes for long periods of time on the Tube, swollen, exhausted and afraid of sudden brakes. Commuters see me, they see my bump, sometimes even stare but don’t get up, even if they are getting off of the train at the next station or are sitting in the priority seat with a sticker of a pregnant lady as a reminder above their heads,” she explained.
Miri’s disillusionment was clear as she mused over how life has changed in the fast-paced 21st century.
“Where I grew up, ever since I can remember myself, my mother would get up herself and make me stand up if a person who needs the seat more got on the bus. It was so clear to me this is how it should work. No badge needed. Once in a while there are a few righteous people on the Tube, as you can see at the end of the video clip. Unfortunately, they are not the majority,” she added.