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Pregnancy Tips for Gig Lovers

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

If you love live music and attending gigs, there is no reason why you cannot continue to do this when you are pregnant, dependent on your health at the time. Although it may be a little harder now and you may have to take a few extra precautions, it is still possible, and this guide can help you head to just about any concert you want to attend without any problems for you and your unborn baby.

·       Get an Ultrasound

Before you head to the concert in question, it is vital that you check that both you and your baby are healthy and that you will be safe at the concert. This is particularly important if you have severe pregnancy symptoms or a health condition. This means that you should always speak to your doctor before you decide to go to the concert in question, especially since it might have been months since you booked the tickets, and you might now have doubts or questions.

You should also get an ultrasound at the appropriate times throughout your pregnancy. You will usually have at least two ultrasounds when you are pregnant. You will have one between 8 and 14 weeks and one between 18 and 21 weeks pregnant. This will allow your medical team to check that your baby is growing healthily and to generate a due date for you. To ensure that your health is cared for and respected during the process, you should book an appointment at an Ultrasound Specialist Clinic for Women.

·       Choose Seated Tickets

When you are pregnant, you should also make sure that you booked seated tickets, even if you believe standing tickets are more exciting and you want to be closer to the action. Not only will this stop you from easily falling over or being knocked, but it also means that you will be able to rest when you need to.

This is especially important if your pregnancy is causing problems with your feet and circulation, or if you are experiencing lower back pain and aches due to your baby bump. Seated tickets can allow you to be comfortable, prevent panic attacks, and give you the space you need to relax and enjoy the show in peace, without worrying about the health of you and your baby. However, you should check the positioning of these seats if your pregnancy is causing you to experience vertigo or prolonged spells of dizziness.

·       Perfect Your Timing

You should also try to perfect your timing when you are entering and leaving the venue. For instance, you might want to arrive early to beat the crowds entering the venue and have enough time to make your way slowly between the car park and your seat. This can also give you the chance to get a drink, and any merchandise that you want without the crushing crowds.

However, you might, at the same time, look at arriving later and skipping the warm up band. This will ensure that you do not have to stay uncomfortably seated for a lengthy amount of time and will allow you to avoid the rush when the doors first open. This will also mean that you will not likely have to queue as much. When you are leaving the venue, you might want to leave early, too so that you can beat the crowds and so that you do not have to struggle to stand up while waiting for the lobby of the venue to clear.

·       Look After Yourself

When you are at the concert, it is also important that you look after yourself and that you listen to your body and its needs. For instance, you must drink copious amounts of water as it is extremely easy to dehydrate when you are at a gig. Even if you are not allowed to take water bottles into the venue, you should ask the partner or friend that you have gone with to get you water, or make sure that you pick a seat near the exit- and the bar- so that you can go and get water whenever you need it.

You should also be careful about getting too hot. This means you should wear appropriate clothing, step outside, and even take a fan if necessary. This will prevent you from feeling faint or even fainting halfway through the gig. You should also leave the event earlier if you are starting to feel ill or if your body needs to rest, especially if you were nervous about going to the gig in the first place.

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