First of all, OP CONGRATULATIONS
:! What a blessing! And from one adoptive mom to another, I totally get how parking in that spot was a way to honor your excitement and claim your new role!
For those who have been debating, FWIW, no matter how excited I was when I was "paper pregnant," I never would have parked in the "expectant mom" parking spots. I always hoped that some hugely *uncomfortable* pregnant mom would come and use it. That said...
Originally Posted by sbrinton
I was on bed rest throughout my last pregnancy and I did have a disabled parking spot. I think moms who are in severe pain or who need to limit their activity for one reason or another should just ask their doctors for a temporary handicap permit. My perinatologist gave me one that I used during the pregnancy and for the first month afterward (I was extremely weak after basically 7 months on bedrest).
I agree with this. I think part of it is because I really think that our society can only have a holistic, healthy, natural approach to pregnancy and birth when we stop doing things that reinforce the view that it is a medical condition.
(And walking in pregnancy is a really good thing in a pregnancy without medical complications!)
Yes, being hugely pregnant and carrying all that weight is hard on the body, but so is being obese and you don't really see reserved spots for obese folks either. Obese folks who have medical complications and limited mobility because of their "condition" seek handicap parking stickers. Pregnant women who likewise have medical complications and thus limited mobility because of being pregnant should also seek a temporary handicap parking sticker.
IMO, in an ideal world, everyone
who didn't really "need" a parking spot by the front entry of a building would park further away as a courtesy for others. Getting out of our cars and walking a bit would be good for our bodies anyway.
Then, those with limited mobility-- both who qualify for a handicap parking sticker and those who don't-- as well as parents with small children, and uncomfortably pregnant women, and tired elderly folks, and folks who need to run in to use the bathroom LOL, etc. would use the spots closer to the building. I don't think the reserved parking signs bring us any closer to any kind of ideal whatsoever, or are a real bridge between "current situation" and "ideal situation."
I hardly ever see those spots being used to accomodate those pregnant moms with special needs or even those really huge pregnant moms...I often see women with "little bumps" who are practically skipping their way into Babies R Us using them, which says to me that those spots are about a status or recognition a notable amount of the time.
Everybody else just resents the spots LOL.
|So I really, really needed those disabled parking spots (along with the wheelchairs and scooters many stores provide). I have a very big problem with non-disabled people using those spots.
And yeah, for me that is a HUGE issue.But what I'd like to say is that I'd like to see fewer "expectant mother" parking spots, and more "parent with small children" spots.
And the companies that use the "parent with small children" signs, I'd like to see use them effectively. Closer to the entry is good, but if the spot is miles from the "return cart" corral, the spot is not a practical one. IMO, the spot should be on either side of the "return cart" corral closest to the store (which IS hopefully pretty close). It's hard managing a little flock on the way out of the store, but just as hard to have to leave a crying baby or something and run halfway across the lot to the nearest cart corral.