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Gia LuPeaA
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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:07:45 PM
parked in the "Expectant Mother" parking spot if you weren't expecting?

Edited to be clear.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:08:36 PM
Yes, when I was pregnant.

Duh!



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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:09:32 PM
No. But they actually have those? I've never seen them. Are they like 1 row back from regular handicap?

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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:09:58 PM
No. I've never been pregnant. I've never parked in a handicapped spot either, because I am not handicapped.




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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:11:31 PM
Yes.

I have other issues that sometimes make breathing and/or walking more difficult for me than most very pregnant women, but not frequently enough to be issued a handicap placard.

Flame away.

ETA: I've only ever seen three of these and they are all together at the local mall and are marked "For the convenience of expectant mothers and families with small children".



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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:25:11 PM
No.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:25:11 PM
Nope.. I even felt weird parking in those spots when I want showing yet. I suffer from sciatica so there were days in the beginning where I just had to.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:28:54 PM
Nope. I only use them when I am pregnant, and when I don't have my other kids with me. If I have my kids with me, I stick to using the Child Parking spots that are next to the cart corrals. This way I don't worry about putting away my cart!



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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:30:00 PM
No, not when I wasn't expecting.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:30:13 PM
No. When I was PG I felt pretty good and never felt the need to. I left them for those PG ladies who really needed those spots. Actually the first 2 pregnancies (1997, 2000), I never even saw them.

And before someone comes and says they are not a legal designation, it is done by the lessee of the parking lot who pays money for the right to have those spots used for their store any way they wish. Since they want them used that way and they want to keep that demographic happy, I would never park in them if it was not my right (PG) to do so. Same for green spots. (Although it's more obvious if you plunk your hummer in a green spot.)

(We've had this convo on the board before so I'm expecting... pun intended.)


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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:36:28 PM
Nope. There are only a few places that have them here and they aren't all that convenient anyway.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:04:44 PM
No, I have not.

But I have to say that around here, they tend to be right next to the handicapped spots and have signs of similar colors.

Several times I have seen people park there who clearly are not pregnant nor have small children, but who do look like they may need a handicapped spot.


I've seen it happen when there are actual handicapped spots available.

I really think that some people don't even realize what they actually are. I think they see the sign and the location and think they are a handicapped spot.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:07:39 PM
No. I have never seen one.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:08:37 PM
Yes.

I have parked in them when I am with my mom (who has had 2 strokes and is physically handicapped in that she has a very hard time walking) because we have several stores here where the expectant mom spots are closer to the door than the handicapped spots.

I have parked in them at TRU when I am with my 3 kids. My TRU has 26 expectant mom parking spots. Seriously. I counted. That's excessive and ridiculous. I'm parking there.




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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:09:48 PM
No. I've been tempted I will admit! But I remember very clearly what it's like to wobble like a penguin, so I couldn't with a clear conscience.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:13:05 PM
No, they didn't have those when I was pregnant so I've never needed or used one.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:35:57 PM
I will admit that I have and was not pregnant. I have done it a couple of times when I just needed to run in and get a couple of things and it would take me 15 min or less. I don't do it very often but I have used that space before. There is only one store here that has them (a grocery store). There use to be quiet a few that had them but all the other stores did away with them.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:39:26 PM

It isn't illegal to do so..


Sometimes you don't do something not only b/c it's not against the law, but b/c it's not right.

The store pays to lease the lot and designates the spots for a reason.

sigh.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:49:04 PM
Only when I was pregnant.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:53:09 PM
No, Im able to walk fine.



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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:56:39 PM

No. But I got in the habit years ago of parking further out just for the extra steps for the health benefit. I figured the time I've saved over the years not circling parking lots angling for the closer spots is a benefit, too.








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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:11:53 PM
Once when I was pg with my last child.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:36:26 PM
Yes, I have and will continue to do so depending on the day despite the beliefs of the ever-self-righteous peas





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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:43:57 PM
Nope. I only did it when I was pregnant towards the end when I was really miserable or sick.

They have them here on post all over the place. For expectant mothers & moms with kids under 12 months. I suppose to allow for less walk time when walking with a carrier.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:48:21 PM
we don't have special spots in our parking lots...parking is too precious to save for such a small group. (few pregnant ladies here!)

10% of our population has a handicapped placard...include dh. if you mispark into a handicapped spot (a legal one)...the fine is $1000.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:54:37 PM
I'd rather be self-righteous (and have superior values) than feel entitled. Isn't that the complaint that the older generation has about the younger one and the ones that we're raising?

Everyone needs to do what they feel is appropriate. I'm not out calling the cops on old women who park in expectant mother spots. I just think it's a shame that people don't honor the wishes of those who pay for the lots they are parking in.

I also feel lucky that I neither need handicap parking nor did I take the expectant mother parking b/c I felt fit then, too. If you feel entitled to it, have at it. But then don't protest when someone calls you entitled.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:11:50 PM
I only parked in them when I was pregnant. As I got closer to my due date (and huger!) it used to royally tick me off when the slots were full and the people who parked there weren't pregnant, nor did they have small children. I'm not opposed to walking a few extra feet, but when you've got a baby's head grinding on your pubic bone everytime you took a step, you really grew to appreciate those expectant mother's slots!



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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:18:18 PM
no.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:27:25 PM
Honestly, no. Purely out of fear that if I parked there, I would end up pregnant.






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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:44:14 PM

Honestly, no. Purely out of fear that if I parked there, I would end up pregnant.



This seriously made me laugh out loud.

I don't remember ever seeing them when I was pregnant. I doubt that I would have used one even if I had because in the beginning of the pregnancies, I was so sick that I was hospitalized most of the time. Once I felt good enough to actually go anwhere, I felt good enough to walk a longer distance. I never felt huge and uncomfortable but I have had friends that really struggled at the end. I would rather see someone like that use one than me. So, no, I would never and have never used one when I was not, or when I was pregnant.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:54:35 PM
Entitled? To a place designated as public parking? OK.

IMO, those who are "entitled" are those who want me to pay for their lifestyle choices.

But if taking one of these parking spots is your definition of "entitled", I can live with you calling me that. Googly eyes and all.





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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:25:51 PM
Nope, not even when I was huge and pregnant because asshole men and women who either weren't pregnant or weren't far enough along to need a closer spot always parked there. The hospital on base hardly had enough parking, so I got to waddle around for 10 minutes from a different parking lot to get to the hospital.



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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:27:45 PM
would I ever? nope. Have I ever? nope.

I'm opposed to idea of them, but not enough to park my non-pregnant self there. So I walk the extra steps.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:30:46 PM
I've never seen any around here....

We do have some that have senior citizen parking though stores - I only go to them when my mom is with me LOL!



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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:59:13 PM
No. I'm a rule follower.

I like to park far away so I can pull through and not have to back out of my spot.


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Posted: 11/22/2012 12:04:03 AM
No, can't bring myself to do it, no matter how tempting it is in the shade during 110° weather



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Posted: 11/22/2012 12:11:05 AM
I haven't but I've been tempted and, flame away, I think they are ridiculous as are the ones for parents with young children. Any women with a normal pregnancy can walk , even when she's at full term. I'm not saying its comfortable but IMO, pregnancy is not an illness. Now if someone has a pregnancy with complications they can always get a handicapped sticker. As for the parents with young kids, I see how it's convenient for them to park close but I don't think it's necessary or that they deserve special treatment.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 12:47:05 AM
No and never


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Posted: 11/22/2012 1:32:36 AM
I've never even seen one, let alone parked in one!!

As with so many things if you've got them then we probably will before too long but no I probably won't ever park in one.



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Posted: 11/22/2012 3:05:43 AM
My mom pulled into one of those spots by accident and I pointed it out to her... She told me she was expecting... (She's 59, and I'm a 34 year old only child...) She said, "I'm expecting you'll be quick - now hurry before I get caught!"

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Posted: 11/22/2012 3:16:54 AM
Once at 3 am when I had to fill a prescription. But I felt guilty and never did it again.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 3:31:35 AM
The only place I have seen them around here is by Babies R Us. Our Babies R Us just happens to be next to Michaels. Been tempted, but never have and don't think I ever will!


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Posted: 11/22/2012 4:24:10 AM
Never saw one.




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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:17:03 AM
What?? I thought it was for me because I was "expecting" to do some shopping, and I'm a mother........
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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:26:30 AM
I have never ever seen those designated spots and no never parked there even though I have been huge with pregnancy twice I would have likely welcomed the opportunity


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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:27:41 AM
No. I don't care whether they reserve parking spots for expectant mothers, fuel efficient vehicles, or hairy men wearing green stilettos - the parking spots belong to the store and, as such, they get to decide who parks there. I'm not entitled to park wherever I please.


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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:37:38 AM
No, only when pregnant. And only when big pregnant.

I had a particularly difficult time towards the end of my pregnancies, and those spots were so appreciated. I had sciatica pain and pubic bone pain which made walking long distances awful. I had to take frequent sitting breaks. All I can say is, when I had to park on the other end of a parking lot and painfully waddle past someone who was clearly not pregnant getting in their car in a pregnant spot (like a man or older woman) it hurt a little. Like saying, my convenience is more important than your pain.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 8:15:54 AM
I would only do that if I was pregnant.



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Posted: 11/22/2012 9:12:19 AM

Actually the first 2 pregnancies (1997, 2000), I never even saw them.


Hey! Batya, we were pregnant the same years.

With my first, I didn't have a car (lived in NYC). So, no, I didn't break the rules.

The second time I was in the burbs. Chasing a HIGH energy toddler, with a tough second pregnancy. I parked in the mom spaces a couple of times, when I'd had a bad day. But I have not parked there when I wasn't knocked up.



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Posted: 11/22/2012 4:33:45 PM
We don't have those here. We do have 'parents with prams' spots though, they're just not for pregnant people.
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