August 2013 Moms

Pregnant Women in wheelchair Shopping carts?

So is this a thing? I was at Costco today, and a pregnant woman (seemed far along, but can't be sure) was doing her shopping in one of the store's electric wheelchair shopping carts. Now, I can easily think of at least a half dozen reasons why this might be necessary, but I've never seen it before. Has anyone else seen this? Made me think of the "I'm pregnant not disabled" threads, but of course, I know for some women they do have lots of limitations. I'd just never seen this before.
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  • Dude- I just did this yesterday. I can barely walk though. 

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  • I get contractions when I'm up too much. That's how I shop
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  • Yeah, I'm done walking. I walked yesterday at the grocery store, but that was the last. I'm sending FI on all of the errands now.
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  • image Rooster&Memphis:
    Dude- I just did this yesterday. I can barely walk though. 

    :-/ sorry to hear that! She did get up to check out, and definitely looked uncomfortable. I've got a few more weeks to go, so who knows if I'll need to as well! Good to know it wouldn't be too uncommon. Might not work with DD in tow...though she would love it, I'm sure. 

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  • image SarahinMD:
    So is this a thing? I was at Costco today, and a pregnant woman (seemed far along, but can't be sure) was doing her shopping in one of the store's electric wheelchair shopping carts. Now, I can easily think of at least a half dozen reasons why this might be necessary, but I've never seen it before. Has anyone else seen this? Made me think of the "I'm pregnant not disabled" threads, but of course, I know for some women they do have lots of limitations. I'd just never seen this before.

    I would much rather see a pregnant woman in the electic wheelchairs then the obese people. JMO

     

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  • image Rooster&Memphis:
    Dude- I just did this yesterday. I can barely walk though. 

    I was going to say, I thought someone just shared that they had done it. I've never seen it though.  

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  • I have seen it.

    Actually, I have debated renting one at the zoo so I can go with the kids and DH. With the heat, swollen feet, and serous pressure when I walk, I am not sure I could make it without one. Lol.

    Any third tri with sciatic nerve pain or on modified bed rest should use one if they want, IMO.
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  • I've never seen it. However I know there are cases when this is warranted and I know that some people take advantage of being pregnant. I personally know a woman who was perfectly healthy, young and athletic and as soon as she got her BFP she "had" to stop working. It really just depends on the situation. With my first baby however I was in school full time getting my BSN and working full time. Granted I had a perfect pregnancy and worked until the day I was induced. Everyone is different.

     

     

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      Dude- I just did this yesterday. I can barely walk though. 

      I was going to say, I thought someone just shared that they had done it. I've never seen it though.  

      Best decision I made yesterday.  


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    • My BFF had too when she was pregnant after about the 7th month.  Then again she's 5'2 and seriously looked like she swallowed a full blown beach ball by then. And her poor feet were so swollen. I offered to go a few times for her so she didn't have to but she always said she wasn't 'helpless just took her longer'. 

       

      and sadly... I thought about it with DS2... not yet with LO.  


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      I would much rather see a pregnant woman in the electic wheelchairs then the obese people. JMO

      This is what I was thinking.  

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    • When i was first pregnant i saw a woman at sam's club far along in a wheel chair cart. I remember hoping i would never use one but I see no prob at all,

      1) SPD

      2) Its a big store

      I never judge people using them (except teens obviously screwing around) because you never know their situation, She may not even be in it cuz she is pregnant, and even if it is her only reason it could be that she is in a lot more pain than you are. Everyone's body handles the extra weight differently and right now if i had to go sam's i would strongly consider using it.

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      When i was first pregnant i saw a woman at sam's club far along in a wheel chair cart. I remember hoping i would never use one but I see no prob at all,1 SPD2 Its a big storeI never judge people using them except teens obviously screwing around because you never know their situation, She may not even be in it cuz she is pregnant, and even if it is her only reason it could be that she is in a lot more pain than you are. Everyone's body handles the extra weight differently and right now if i had to go sam's i would strongly consider using it.

      This. Even obese people, we do not know their situation. I wouldn't want someone to judge me, so I try to not judge them. I am not a perfect person, sometimes my mind can be terrible, but I do feel like a total jerk after.
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    • I get random bouts of low BP/blood sugar and walking around makes me feel like I'm going to pass out. There are plenty of people I would side eye before a pregnant woman

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      Eh it could be anything...sciatica, or even worse, something not pregnancy related like MS and she just happens to be pregnant. I side eye teens goofing around on them. A pregnant person, not so much.

      This.  

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    • I just got back from Disney world for my anniversary. There was no way I was walking around. My DH wheeled me around the entire park lol.

    • Meh. Pregnancy brings on all other sorts of ailments. No a regular pregnant person is not disabled, but you never know what complications this person might have. They might have kidney stones or gallstones or preterm labour. They might have severe spd. Unless they were fooling around I wouldn't side eye.


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    • I haven't used one (yet!), but I would not begrudge someone the use of a cart. They're there for people with mobility issues and lots of pregnant people have limited mobility.

      My mom broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago and has rented a scooter until she can put some weight on it. I won't deny that I'm coveting it a little. 

    • I did this all the time.  It wasn't a good feeling but it was absolutely necessary for me to be able to do basic shopping.
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    • Here's another question... what about handicap spots? I mean.. for example, Target has like 20 spots that are never used.. anyone ever consider using one and chancing it? I haven't at Target.. but the other day I went to pick up takeout and the only open spots were handicap except for the spot all the way in the back... I seriously considered it bc I was feeling terrible that day and knew it would only be for 5 minutes.... but then I wussed out... thoughts? 
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      Here's another question... what about handicap spots? I mean.. for example, Target has like 20 spots that are never used.. anyone ever consider using one and chancing it? I haven't at Target.. but the other day I went to pick up takeout and the only open spots were handicap except for the spot all the way in the back... I seriously considered it bc I was feeling terrible that day and knew it would only be for 5 minutes.... but then I wussed out... thoughts? 

      You can chance it, but you'll get a ticket if you don't have a permit and someone comes along, regardless of whether you feel you deserve to park there or not.

      I would think if you had a serious mobility problem (like SPD), you could get a temporary handicap permit.

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      I've thought about using one recently. I have never liked the "pregnant not disabled" mentality, because I feel like it trivializes or puts down the women who aren't fortunate enough to have easy, uncomplicated pregnancies. For some women, the discomfort or complications that they experience do leave them feeling disabled or unable to manage seemingly simple tasks and activities, and there's nothing wrong with that.

      I think everyone's experience is different, and as someone who has not had an easy or enjoyable pregnancy, I can understand the need or desire to use a wheelchair for a task that would have been a breeze pre-pregnancy. As long as they're not just clearly screwing around on it, I think it's fine.

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      When i was first pregnant i saw a woman at sam's club far along in a wheel chair cart. I remember hoping i would never use one but I see no prob at all,1 SPD2 Its a big storeI never judge people using them except teens obviously screwing around because you never know their situation, She may not even be in it cuz she is pregnant, and even if it is her only reason it could be that she is in a lot more pain than you are. Everyone's body handles the extra weight differently and right now if i had to go sam's i would strongly consider using it.
      This. Even obese people, we do not know their situation. I wouldn't want someone to judge me, so I try to not judge them. I am not a perfect person, sometimes my mind can be terrible, but I do feel like a total jerk after.

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      Here's another question... what about handicap spots? I mean.. for example, Target has like 20 spots that are never used.. anyone ever consider using one and chancing it? I haven't at Target.. but the other day I went to pick up takeout and the only open spots were handicap except for the spot all the way in the back... I seriously considered it bc I was feeling terrible that day and knew it would only be for 5 minutes.... but then I wussed out... thoughts? 

      It's illegal to park there without a handicapped sticker or tag. I wouldn't want to get towed or a ticket.

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    • I haven't done it yet, but I certainly can understand why a pregnant person would. I get really bad pain/pressure in my lower abdomen if I stand too long. On top of that, my feet are so swollen that flip flops leave indentations.

      I also thought, like another poster, that woman could have a mobility-limiting condition and also just happen to be pregnant.

      I think it's totally fine and justifiable.  

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    • Hmmmm... I get contractions when I walk too much, along with one of my leg going numb and my back killing me and I never even thought to get a wheel chair anywhere. Now I feel like I've been needlessly suffering all along lol
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    • image Nikki&Albert522:
      Here's another question... what about handicap spots? I mean.. for example, Target has like 20 spots that are never used.. anyone ever consider using one and chancing it? I haven't at Target.. but the other day I went to pick up takeout and the only open spots were handicap except for the spot all the way in the back... I seriously considered it bc I was feeling terrible that day and knew it would only be for 5 minutes.... but then I wussed out... thoughts? 

      I feel guilty if I use a handicapped stall in the restroom, which I've done twice this pregnancy.  Once because the doors opened in and there was no way the door would squeeze past my belly.  The other because all other stalls were taken and I literally could not wait to pee until one became available.  There is no way I would ever park in a handicapped spot, but if the store has expectant mother parking, then I do take advantage.

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    • I haven't used a wheelchair and I probably won't. I do have a handicap parking pass because I have permenant mobility issues. I am in my 20s and I get a lot of dirty looks when I park in handicap spots. It irritates me because people don't know me or what I go through. I try not to judge others because I never know what they are going through.
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      image Nikki&Albert522:
      Here's another question... what about handicap spots? I mean.. for example, Target has like 20 spots that are never used.. anyone ever consider using one and chancing it? I haven't at Target.. but the other day I went to pick up takeout and the only open spots were handicap except for the spot all the way in the back... I seriously considered it bc I was feeling terrible that day and knew it would only be for 5 minutes.... but then I wussed out... thoughts? 

      I feel guilty if I use a handicapped stall in the restroom, which I've done twice this pregnancy.  Once because the doors opened in and there was no way the door would squeeze past my belly.  The other because all other stalls were taken and I literally could not wait to pee until one became available.  There is no way I would ever park in a handicapped spot, but if the store has expectant mother parking, then I do take advantage.



      I got stuck in a stall at toys r us because it was really small. Once I was in I couldn't open the door to get out because my belly was too big. I have been pretty small my whole pregnancy so I don't mind using the handicap stalls when the regular ones are tiny.
    • My sister was 5'1", and she had twins that were pretty big at birth. By the 7th month she such difficulty walking that the local Walmart actually insisted that she use one while at their location, because they were worried she might be a liability. 
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