You can do most things whilst pregnant, including visiting a a music festival. So if you’d booked tickets before you found out you were expecting and you still want to go, then fear not. You could also book whilst expecting, because why the hell not? Below, you’ll find a range of tips to help you through.
Day festivals are a lot of fun and they’re events for all to enjoy, including those that have a baby on board! Of course, it isn’t just day festivals that you can attend whilst expecting. You could camp if you wanted to and plenty of people do. But I don’t have any experience of camping at a music festival whilst pregnant myself. Truth be told, I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone by attending a festival for the day. That said, some of these tips will also apply to campers, so read on if you’re going to any type of festival and you’re after tips.
Choose your festival wisely
If you’re going to a day festival pregnant, then you might have booked your ticket before you had a baby on board. However, if you’re booking after you discovered that you were expecting, then you can obviously give a bit more consideration as to which festival you attend.
If you can, opt for one of the smaller festivals and go for something with a family-friendly element. Those set ups tend to be more relaxed and they don’t attract as many groups of people who are going to get on the lash. Not that there’s anything wrong with going to a festival to party. But when you’re pregnant, do you really want to be surrounded by gangs of drunk people?
Enter with no expectations
Being pregnant is a bit of a rollercoaster. Some days you feel great, but others are that bit harder. Who knows how you’ll feel on the day of the festival, so try to arrive with zero expectations. If you head there and you don’t feel well, or you’re not feeling the vibe, then it’s not the end of the world. Make sure you don’t put any pressure on yourself, because it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t end up having the time of your life.
That leads me onto my next point nicely…
Have your escape route planned
Being stuck in a muddy field, in the pouring rain, when you just want to be at home is never ideal. Especially not when you’re pregnant. So ensure that you have an escape plan in place before you get there. Ideally you’ll be attending with somebody who is chilled out and happy to leave when you are. If not, consider driving yourself so you can make tracks when you’re ready to. Make sure one of your pals walks you to the festival gate though and don’t be afraid to ask security to escort you to your car if that would make you feel more comfortable.
The aim here is to get away when you need to, safely.
Pack key essentials
When I attended a day festival pregnant, there were things that went into the backpack that I wouldn’t usually bring. Normally, I’d just ensure that I had my bank card, hand sanitiser and some tissues. But going to a day festival pregnant meant that I needed to think things through a little more.
Here’s a list of things I packed which came in super handy:
- A microfibre towel – most day festivals don’t allow you to enter with a chair, so having a microfibre towel will come in exceptionally handy if you want to site down somewhere. It’s also brilliant if it’s raining and you want to dry a surface before sitting down. These towels fold up really small, so they don’t take up much sense
- A foldable waterproof – rain might not be forecast, but you do not want to be caught short, so make sure you have a foldable waterproof in your bag
- Wellies (even if its warm) – make sure your feet are properly protected by wearing wellies. The weather might be nice, but mud is inevitable, especially after thousands of people have stamped over the same piece of earth. Wellies will make the ground easier to navigate and you’ll be less likely to fall
- Rennies – because heartburn can strike at any moment
- A range of healthy snacks – the festival you attend is bound to have a range of tasty food options, but make sure you take a supply of healthy snacks yourself. Think bananas, nuts, apples and cereal bars. Not only will they tide you over when hunger strikes, but they are also less likely to upset your tummy.
- A flask of water – you’re not drinking booze, so you might as well take advantage of the free water available. A word of warning though… drink so you’re hydrated, but try not to overdo it. That way you can reduce the number of times you need to visit the dreaded portaloo.
Don’t over exert yourself
If you’re going to a day festival pregnant, then you need to listen to your body. Don’t over exert yourself and make sure you take regular breaks. If you’re stood in a crowd listening to an act and you’re not feeling great, go and sit down somewhere. You don’t want to overdo it, so take it as slow as you need to.
Ask for help if you need it
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You might need a hand getting up, maybe you’d like somebody came with you to the loo queue. Whatever it is, ask. You’ll want to be as comfortable as possible and people aren’t mind readers. Also, remember, every festival has medical professionals on site, so if you start to feel unwell, speak to one of them.
Consider leaving a little earlier
In an ideal world, you’d probably want to stay and watch that day’s headliner to the end. But if you leave early, you could avoid the crowds and get home a bit easier. It might be worth missing the last five minutes to make your getaway.
If you’re going to a day festival pregnant, make sure you enjoy it!
I realise this article is focussed on preparing for (and avoiding) the rough side of being at a music festival whilst pregnant. But if you do go prepared and think a few things through beforehand, there’s nothing to say you won’t have a fabulous day. Just because you’re ‘with child’ doesn’t mean that life should stop. Get out there and enjoy the festival with everybody else.
If you’re expecting, don’t forget to check out my pregnancy section for more hints, tips and advice.