Using parent and child spaces when heavily pregnant

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  • jellyhead
    jellyhead Posts: 21,555 Forumite
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    Person_one wrote: »
    Obese people need more room too. ;)

    I assume that very obese people have blue badges. I'll probably get flamed for saying that, but I am obese myself.
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  • skintchick
    skintchick Posts: 15,114 Forumite
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    I asked this very question in 2009 when I was pregnant with DD. I had a lot of trouble getting out of the car in ordinary spaces. Perhaps our Tesco has small spaces, but sometimes I actually could not get out! So I started parking in the parent and child ones. No-one ever said anything and I got a lot of support on my thread on here, most people thought it would be OK.

    To be literal, a pregnant woman IS a parent and child anyway - the child is simply in utero rather than born.

    I say park in them if your bump is making ordinary spaces difficult.
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  • edgex
    edgex Posts: 4,177 Forumite
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    Person_one wrote: »
    How did you manage walking round the supermarket?

    Are there temporary blue badges for people who only have short term disabilities for whatever reason? That would make more sense than special pregnancy spaces!


    private car park, therefore blue badges have no meaning
  • Person_one
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    edgex wrote: »
    private car park, therefore blue badges have no meaning


    Well, yes in this case, but they do mean something elsewhere!
  • Person_one
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    skintchick wrote: »
    I asked this very question in 2009 when I was pregnant with DD. I had a lot of trouble getting out of the car in ordinary spaces. Perhaps our Tesco has small spaces, but sometimes I actually could not get out! So I started parking in the parent and child ones. No-one ever said anything and I got a lot of support on my thread on here, most people thought it would be OK.

    To be literal, a pregnant woman IS a parent and child anyway - the child is simply in utero rather than born.

    I say park in them if your bump is making ordinary spaces difficult.

    That's really weird, because it directly contradicts the signage on the actual spaces, which specifically says they are for pushchairs.
  • Threebabes
    Threebabes Posts: 1,271 Forumite
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    I would park in it as well. Ive been pregnant 3 times and I know by the end you are worn out.
  • snowyz81
    snowyz81 Posts: 213 Forumite
    This is something that really annoys me, I'm 5 month pregnant and i wouldnt consider parking in a P&C unless i had my little girl with me. It annoys me the people who park in them either without kids, or one gets out to do the shopping and the other staying in the car with the kids, or the old people who think they can do whatever they want. I've had many an arguement with people if i catch one. My OH even made someone move out of one, a NURSE had parked in one to do her shopping in tesco (yes she was shopping, not trying to save someones life)

    If there are no spaces available i'll just grab on of the end spaces as they are easier anyway.

    As people say a majority of the supermarkets have the spaces further away from the stores anyway.
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  • Sambucus_Nigra
    Sambucus_Nigra Posts: 8,669 Forumite
    Person_one wrote: »
    That's really weird, because it directly contradicts the signage on the actual spaces, which specifically says they are for pushchairs.

    A - None of this matters anyway but
    B - Are you saying that nobody without a pushchair can use them? In which case they should be called Person with Pushchair spaces. I think the pushchair is to indicate what a parent might look like, if they are going shopping. For example, ladies toilets have a sign with a person with a dress/skirt on, but you don't have to be actually wearing a dress/skirt to use them. If we were to take signs literally, then what a crazy world it would be.
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  • dizziblonde
    dizziblonde Posts: 4,276 Forumite
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    A - None of this matters anyway but
    B - Are you saying that nobody without a pushchair can use them? In which case they should be called Person with Pushchair spaces. I think the pushchair is to indicate what a parent might look like, if they are going shopping. For example, ladies toilets have a sign with a person with a dress/skirt on, but you don't have to be actually wearing a dress/skirt to use them. If we were to take signs literally, then what a crazy world it would be.

    I quite regularly DON'T use a pushchair - prefer a baby carrier. In fact, being pedantic - most parents don't use pushchairs within the supermarket - they either put the child into the trolley on the baby lie-flat seats or the kid's seat or they put the carseat onto the top of the trolley on the ones you can do that with (and then never see where you're going)... it's just a universally recognised simplified symbol for a parent and child, same as you get with the disabled signs showing a wheelchair (not a walking frame, stick or invisible disability) or the women's loos having a lady with a skirt on them.

    Honestly - I don't give a stuff about P+C spaces. If there's one free - I'll park there, if not - I park elsewhere and can usually get a quiet corner or aisle end where there's loads of room to get the door of the car open... if I see someone in them who doesn't have a child with them - well so be it - my husband's under orders to take me to task if I become one of those bonkers women who decide to become some kind of self-appointed P+C space police and start tutting/screeching/leaving passive-aggressive notes on windowscreens.... the only real issue with them I find is that our local Tesco ONLY has the baby trolleys or ones that the car seat fits onto located near the P+C spaces which is the main reason I ever bother parking in them because otherwise you're trekking right the way across the carpark to get one.

    They're not statutory, they're a marketing tool and a courtesy - and they're a source of so much flipping conflict and outraged self-entitlement I wouldn't be sad if the wretched things got scrapped altogether.
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  • DianneB
    DianneB Posts: 884 Forumite
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    As a grandma I look for these spaces as I find it so much easier to get my DGD out with a bit more space to open the door and it drives me nuts to see these spots used by people without children but I certainly wouldn't mind them being used by women who are obviously pregnant. What I would really like is that they scrapped the lot and made all parking spaces a little bit bigger!!
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