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September 17th, 2004, 02:47 PM
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I loved pg parking here when I was pregnant especially since it was winter and icey, and then when I was on modified bedrest and could go to the store the parking spots near the front REALLY helped
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September 17th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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I think it depends on the pregnancy and the person.

For ex. WhenI was pregnant with my son. I had no trouble walking a couples miles every once in a while..Or even walking from the end of the parking lot..

With this pregnancy... Its SOOOO Hard to walk..I just want to sit in a wheelchair to run in the store to get something..only i know thats not possible.

I do think that MORE places should have Maternity Parking or Parking for MOMS with small children... Those are the nicest things and makes you feel appreciated in some way!!!

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September 18th, 2004, 08:46 AM
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Originally posted by Charizomai@Sep 17 2004, 03:28 PM
I think it depends on the pregnancy and the person.

For ex. WhenI was pregnant with my son. I had no trouble walking a couples miles every once in a while..Or even walking from the end of the parking lot..

With this pregnancy... Its SOOOO Hard to walk..I just want to sit in a wheelchair to run in the store to get something..only i know thats not possible.

I do think that MORE places should have Maternity Parking or Parking for MOMS with small children... Those are the nicest things and makes you feel appreciated in some way!!!
A friend of mine and I were just talking about this, this week. I think that the parking spot on each side of a cart corral should be mommy/daddy with small children parking. I can't carry Liam far (bad back) after shopping and I HATE leaving him in the car to take a cart back. Unfortunately, that means I leave my cart in the parking lot where it is hazardous to other vehicles.
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September 22nd, 2004, 01:11 PM
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ITA Tracy! I hate that too! Makes me very, very nervous! I too loved the pg pkg and never used it til I really cld barely walk! LOL! However, when I was pg with DD and had to tote DD...that would have been much appreciated to see more of those pg pkg spaces, besides Baby R US...I dunno like the place I usually live at...the grocery store!!!!
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September 28th, 2004, 12:15 PM
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I agree with having one or two spaces there for someone who really needed it. Say maybe they're 8 months with one or two toddlers in tow. I've never needed to use one but I can easily see when it may be necessary.

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October 5th, 2004, 09:52 PM
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Surprisingly this subject turned into a HUGE debate on another board.

I think the spots are a nice courtesy though only one grocery store here has them.
I am not a lazy person, but when pg I had pubic symphysis disfunction. If you haven't had this, it is when your pelvic joint (right up front) loosens up and stretches/misaligns. It is caused by pregnancy hormones that loosen your joints, and though I didn't have any of the other risk factors like lots of kids, previous large babies, past trauma to the area, etc. I just have always had loose ligaments and the pregnancy hormones seemed to exacerbate that. I didn't have a severe case but it was enough that rolling over in bed would wake me up in tears, and standing from bed would bring more tears. I could walk but not a lot, and it HURT - and in store parking lots I would get a cart from the corrall just to lean on as I walked to the store. Fortunately it seems to have mostly healed now but after a lot of walking it starts to ache again.

Anyway - I think the spots are such a nice courtesy for moms with pg troubles or complications, and for moms with a lot of little ones to manage. I don't see how they could be a bad thing.
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October 14th, 2004, 07:13 PM
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I think it's a great idea, especially for women with a couple of babies!! Anything that can help, and it's a relatively easy thing for any store to do.
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October 15th, 2004, 12:25 PM
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I like the idea!!
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November 13th, 2004, 07:07 AM
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Once again I must live in the mountains because I've never even heard of Maternity Parking! I think it is a great idea only if necessary, I mean if your one week preggo, that would be a no no...........I'm thinking more high risk and further term it is awesome. I give em my thumbs up........... two cents so to speak.
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February 1st, 2005, 03:10 PM
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I like the idea too, especially for high risk women, those in MAJOR discomfort (as determined by HER!!!), and for those with many children. I loved it when I was preggo with DD #4, because I had 3 other DDs under 5, and it was a godsend to be able to park close. I agree though, the cart corrals need to be close too!!! We women deserve to be treated with TLC...
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April 11th, 2005, 01:16 AM
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I have been to one place which had pregnancy parking (thought it so so odd when I saw the sign...Like how can anyone really know if the women isn't showing?) I parked there as I was 7 months at the time, but barely showing.
Since then and since being really preggies and having issues walking comfortable sometimes I do wish more places would have this. Places like malls and large stores like target, IKEA etc... When I tend to go out to run errands and such that pressure feeling really takes a toll on my ability to walk comfortable and the places I go like the stores I mentioned have hugely vast parking structures sometimes and if I cannot park w/ in the first handful of rows I dot; bother shopping there no matter how much I need to go because even if I know I'll be okay going in, I'll have stuff w/ me coming out and have no idea what condition I'll bee in by that time ya know? Every large store/mall should have pregnancy parking.
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April 14th, 2005, 07:05 PM
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The Babies R Us here has them and they helped when I was 33 weeks pg with my son because he had dropped already and it hurt to walk. But I have also seen them closer than disabled parking and that does bother me sometimes.
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April 28th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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I think it's a nice gesture & nice courtesy.. however what about the 3 mos preg women who abuse it*?? Those kind of people ruin it for the 9-monthers who really need it!- Or people who aren't preg & park there.. or those who say they are preg & you just KNOW they aren't!!! It seems like it might cause more problems then it's worth.. but again I still think it's a nice gesture, especially for those of us, pregnant WITH small children!!

((*This actually happened at a store in my town)

Personally for me, I agree..walking is good when you're preg!!! Even though I was HUGE w/my kids..and could BARELY walk w/my first due to ankle swelling, I still was out & about EVERYDAY up until delivery day!

ON the other hand..I happen to have a friend who is currently preg, and PLAYS IT UP..meaning she whines about everything, acts like she can't lift a finger b/c she's preg, and even CALLLED another friend of ours to come help her at Costco b/c she bought 3 containers of juice & they were just TOO heavy for her to take out of the cart & put in her car..pathetically preg we call it. Love her dearly, but she is the type that would use a spot like that EVEN if she didn't have any trouble walking. She'd even fake a limp to use one. I'm no super woman, but come on!

I guess the thing is, there could be a special parking for just about everything.. I have a torn knee & I'll tell you that is WORSE than walking preg!! Or those who are obese & cannot walk..

Maybe there should be a thing you could get to put in your window from your OB if they feel you need such a spot.?? That way if someone had it in there window, there would be no complaints...??

Who knows...interesting topic!
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May 9th, 2005, 08:09 PM
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Up until this pregnancy, I had it so easy physically with pregnancy that I would have wondered why a pregnant woman needed to park so close to a store entrance because it was not that bad, so I thought. This time I know how much it is needed for some pregnant women. By the end of the day I walk so slowly and I am so uncomfortable that I have considered ordering groceries online from Grocery Gateway and having them delivered! I still have 3 months to go! These spots are definitely a great idea.
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May 10th, 2005, 01:26 PM
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I think it is a great idea! We also have ones intended for people with infants which was great when you have a carseat to carry in! This next time I will be toting a carseat and a two year old LOL

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June 11th, 2005, 09:55 AM
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They don't have these anywhere around where I live, but i don't think I would use them anyway. I perfer like some one else said to park near the cart corral, with an infant and a toddler, it is just easier. Then I do not have to carry a heavy infant in his carrier, and wrangle my 2 and a half year old to get to a cart. I don't know how some people do it!!!
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June 11th, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Originally posted by YankeeMom@Aug 21 2004, 04:36 AM
I don't think anything of it either way. It's a store courtesy not something that is a law. If a store wants to be courteous to their customers, and it doesn't interfere with the law (and it doesn't, because if you aren't prego and you park there, they don't tow your car) I don't have a problem with it.
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One person mentioned that one store was allowing pregnant women to park in the disabled parking slots. That is against the law.

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June 19th, 2005, 08:48 PM
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I think its a great idea.
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Hehe...I saw one of these the other day. DH and I went to Schnucks to start a savings account for the baby, and he tried to park in it. I explained to him that I was pretty sure that it was for women who are big and pregnant or just had a baby (I was only 11 weeks, silly man). I think it's nice of places to reserve a spot for mommies. I will use them later on when I begin to waddle!!
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