1st Trimester

Pregnancy Parking

When will you start parking in the pregnant only spaces? I think you have to have a bump..WDYT?
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Re: Pregnancy Parking

  • I think when you can actually see a bump
  • I won't use them unless I need them.  I had sciatica pain with my first pregnancy and it sucked really bad when all of the spaces were filled.  I also used the new mothers parking when I was recovering from my c-section.
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  • Yes, definitely when there is Bumpage!   Probably at 6 mos and after.
  • Until this week, it has been a running 105 every day.  So...  I have been using it for the last month or so when I can.  Do I feel guilty?  Maybe a little.  But my thought is, I am pg and they are meant for pg women. 
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  • I used one when after my open appendectomy at 25 wks.  As long as I feel fine I won't use one bump or no bump.
  • Only if there is absolutely no way I could park in a normal available spot.  If I'm a perfectly healthy but hugely pregnant pregnant woman, I won't be using them.
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  • DH and I parked in one to take a pic with the sign to announce our BFP to his parents. He then mentioned how he had to get some drinks. We didnt move the car... I am pregnant after all. I was about 4 weeks at that point though, I stuck out my bloat a little bit for show Stick out tongue

    Other than that, I probably wont use them until I'm 8 or 9 months, I think they're silly. I always feel like there could be someone further along, or with pregnancy pains that could use the spot more than me.

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  • If I'm well enough to shop, I'm well enough to walk my fat a$$ across a parking lot!!!  That's how I see it.
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  • Personally, I would only park there if I was huge and no other close parking was available. Or if i was pregnant(showing) and had other kids with me. I can only imagine how shopping with children will be. LOL.

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  • image TheMrs923:
    Only if there is absolutely no way I could park in a normal available spot.  If I'm a perfectly healthy but hugely pregnant pregnant woman, I won't be using them.

    THIS. I can almost understand a need for them on the way OUT of the store, if you already have kids with you. I can see how hard it would be to load purchases and children, especially if it's raining or snowing, etc.

    But, I've never understood why people try to park closer to a store - You're going to be walking around IN the store for an hour while your shopping anyway, so what does that extra 50 feet you saved really do?

    I'm sure I'll need the extra calorie burn. BUT, I think it would be sort of cool to have like a "Parent and Child" parking spot - not to save you the extra walking, but to hopefully make it easier for you to load your children and products simultaneously. Maybe make it right next to a cart return so you don't have to leave your kids in the car unattended while you return your cart.

  • image InLoveWithBrett:
    I think when you can actually see a bump

    I agree with this.  It kills me when people take advantage of things when there are people who really need that spot.  Sorry its more about where i live now. I dont like it here. lol

  • If you can walk around a store, you can walk from the parking lot.  I used one once, the day I went in for my induction, just because we had never parked there.  I was border line pre-e and had about 15-20 pounds of fluid on board, but if I was feeling good enough to walk around BRU, I was good enough to walk from the lot. 
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  • when you're waddling around ready to pop and just cannot walk another extra foot.  Otherwise, I think save them for the parents that are wrestling with babies and pain in the arse strollers!!  :)  Especially in the middle of winter! 
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  • As long as you're pregnant use them...isn't that what they are meant for? "Expecting Mothers"? 
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  • Only if I need them.  Last time I needed them (roids) and they were always full. 
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  • Where is this pregnancy parking.  I am in New York and I have never seen that.
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  • image nic5606:
    Personally, I would only park there if I was huge and no other close parking was available. Or if i was pregnant(showing) and had other kids with me. I can only imagine how shopping with children will be. LOL.

    umm yeah, most of the time it's a pain in the a$s, so please, save the parking spots for people with little kids!  Walking pregnant alone is one thousand times easier than walking pregnant, pushing one kid in a stroller, while making sure the other one is holding your hand!  Ok, sorry, I'll stop yelling now.  :)

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  • I only did after I gave birth...so the small child qualified me...my thought was I need the exercise when I was pg!
  • I will be using the when ever i can with 2 u 2 it's hard to get my car loaded and keep both little kids in the cart and makes sure my older one isn't running away ect. My SO and i work opposite Shift to save on daycare costs. So all food/clothing shopping is done by me with my 3 LO and often with my 2 SK also. Some days i am so thankful for those spots.
  • I've never used that spot, I just feel too bad.  Unless I have a medical condition I probably won't.
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  • As PP mentioned, I always thought those spots should say "For our customers with small children" not "For expectant mothers".  I figure expectant mothers fit into the first category anyway.

    When my step kids were little I lived in constant fear of crowded parking spaces with two kids who love to run, hate to listen, and arms full of packages.

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  • I have used expecting mother pkg maybe twice when the pkg lot has been jammed full. I feel a little bad bc there are very pg women or women with babies and car seats and such that need it more than me, but it's not like it's against the law. I just try to stick my bloat out so I look pg so I don't get side eyed.

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  • image RayRay007:
    I have used expecting mother pkg maybe twice when the pkg lot has been jammed full. I feel a little bad bc there are very pg women or women with babies and car seats and such that need it more than me, but it's not like it's against the law. I just try to stick my bloat out so I look pg so I don't get side eyed.

    No, but it is unethical. If you truly felt bad you wouldn't park there.

     

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  • image RayRay007:
    I have used expecting mother pkg maybe twice when the pkg lot has been jammed full. I feel a little bad bc there are very pg women or women with babies and car seats and such that need it more than me, but it's not like it's against the law. I just try to stick my bloat out so I look pg so I don't get side eyed.

    and I'd be the one giving you the side-eye!  actually, with my raging hormones right now, I'd probably do more than give you the side eye.  But hey, I'm pretty much out lookin' for a fight nowadays. Sad  sigh.

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  • I used the expectant mother spots a few times at the very end when I was hugely pregnant with my DD, and that's it.  It makes me laugh that there are people that are in their first trimester parking in these spots.
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  • There aren't a bunch of places around here that have them, but honestly, I don't need them at this point so I don't use them.  I really wish more stores had spots for 'families with small children'.  Its WAY harder to get an infant/toddler and all your crap out/in of a car than it is to get your pregnant bump in/out.
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  • image leneae10:
    If I'm well enough to shop, I'm well enough to walk my fat a$$ across a parking lot!!!  That's how I see it.

     

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  • image leneae10:
    If I'm well enough to shop, I'm well enough to walk my fat a$$ across a parking lot!!!  That's how I see it.

    I agree wit this. I always said that when pregnant with DD, I am about to walk around the mall or store aren't I? Although, now that I have a child, and live in FL where it will most likely be steaming outside by the time I am in 3rd tri, I may use them. Its bad enough getting DD and the stroller all loaded up in the car in this heat without being gigantic on top of it..so I may not want to walk those extra feet outside of the AC. 

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  • I used it when I was spotting, on modified bed rest, and was told by my doctor to walk less than an hour a day.  I don't judge things like that, because you never really know why someone may need to use it.
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  • Unless I am unable to walk, never.  A little exercise is good for you.
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