A mum-of-one says she was left feeling "really, really embarrassed" after a fellow commuter seemed to question whether she was actually pregnant.


Raayan Zafar was on a packed Victoria Line train on the London Underground when she asked a man sitting in a priority seat if she could sit down. Wearing a Baby on Board badge, she didn't expect to be questioned.

But as he got up to let her take his place, a woman in front of her went to take the seat instead. Raayan said "excuse me" to the woman to let her know she was there and the woman then let her sit down.

While that could have been the end of the story, Raayan says the passenger sitting in the seat next to the empty one, a man in his 40s, asked her: "Where is the baby?"

"It’s early days so that’s why I don’t show, but that doesn’t mean I’m not pregnant or tired or sick all the time," she told the Evening Standard. "It was a long commute and I suffer from severe morning sickness - I’m on medication already."

Raayan said the encounter really shocked her in some ways: "Do I have to carry my maternity notes with me all the time?"

But on the other hand she also reckons this kind of attitude is all-too-common at rush hour.

What do you think?

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Tara BreathnachContent Editor and Social Media Producer

Tara is mum to 1 daughter, Bodhi Rae, and has worked as Content Editor and Social Media Producer at MadeForMums since 2015