Using parent and child spaces when heavily pregnant

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  • Person_one
    Person_one Posts: 28,884 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.


    The sign does actually say 'for people with children under 5 in order to use pushchairs'. Its spelling it out that the purpose of them is the extra room for unloading children young enough that they come with bulky equipment.

    If it just said parents I wouldn't be allowed to park in them with my toddler and baby nieces, and childminders wouldn't be allowed to with 3 under 5! ;)
  • Person_one
    Person_one Posts: 28,884 Forumite
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    I have. Four wheel drive. We are a one car hpuehold and its a working car


    My car's just a family pet car. :rotfl:
  • lostinrates
    lostinrates Posts: 55,283 Forumite
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    Person_one wrote: »
    My car's just a family pet car. :rotfl:

    :D:D

    Very good, i giggled.
  • lizzywig
    lizzywig Posts: 289 Forumite
    I don't drive but my husband does and when I was pregnant I had horrendous pelvic girdle pain (SPD) and had to use crutches from 22 weeks. We didn't think to use the parent and child spaces at first because I could just about manage to walk a bit further but by the time I was about 36 weeks we were using those spaces and mostly it would take us twice as long to get around the supermarket too. It sucked and I say that actually what makes sense it that anyone who struggles to walk long distances should be able to use those spaces.

    Also think that the staff attendent must be pretty brave to confront a heavily pregnant and hormonal woman, I would have given him some choice words!

    What does annoy me are people who park in those spaces who don't have children and are using them to nip in and out. DH has been known before to go up to them and point out that they have acidently left their child in Tesco/Sainsburys/Asda. It wouldn't be such a problem if DD wasn't in a car seat but when parking in non parent child spaces we can't physically get her out the car, so it's seriously frustrating when you get someone walzting out without child when you could have used that space.
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  • bestpud
    bestpud Posts: 11,048 Forumite
    edited 12 June 2012 at 6:05PM
    lalaland11 wrote: »
    Id rather see a pregnant women use it than someone who is without a child. Find in our local stores its mainly people in big posh cars using them as they seem to think they need extra room so their nice new expensive cars don't get scratched :mad:

    I do not use them any more as my youngest is 6 but will start to again soon as I am now starting to find it hard getting in and out of the car, being pregnant with sciatica and spd is extremely hard and painful.

    Infact some inconsiderate so and so accidently got their car scratched by me the other day :( They parked literally a few inches away so I had no room to get in as i opened my door it swung out and hit theirs, was a complete accident but tbh they should have been more considerate, they were over the white line which they shouldn't have been. :o

    If they were 'literally a few inches away' then why even try getting in?

    You would have known you weren't going to fit so opening the door was futile and probably done deliberately so you could damage their car.

    If you didn't own up then I hope they have asked them to check the CCTV footage and will soon be claiming from your insurance!

    I've been in some pretty tight spaces before now, but haven't once damaged another car! The number of people who think its ok because they parked too close is annoying to say the least!

    People like you give some an 'excuse' to park in disabled/parent and child spaces!
  • DUTR
    DUTR Posts: 12,958 Forumite
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    I think they are more for when the children are actually with you outside of the womb :) I never used them when I was pregnant. If she can drive to the shop surely she can park in an ordinary space? I have asked people where their kids are when I've seen them parking in one when they clearly don't have any (no preggo ladies mind)

    What was the response when you asked? Cos I know a fair few (myself included) who would make you wish you just minded your own business :o
  • Person_one
    Person_one Posts: 28,884 Forumite
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    edited 12 June 2012 at 6:16PM
    lizzywig wrote: »
    I don't drive but my husband does and when I was pregnant I had horrendous pelvic girdle pain (SPD) and had to use crutches from 22 weeks. We didn't think to use the parent and child spaces at first because I could just about manage to walk a bit further but by the time I was about 36 weeks we were using those spaces and mostly it would take us twice as long to get around the supermarket too. It sucked and I say that actually what makes sense it that anyone who struggles to walk long distances should be able to use those spaces.

    Also think that the staff attendent must be pretty brave to confront a heavily pregnant and hormonal woman, I would have given him some choice words!


    I have to ask though, what about all the many other reasons why a person might be on crutches, in pain, or struggling to walk temporarily? Why are pregnant women more deserving than people with broken legs or newly replaced hips?

    (Just spotted the bolded, consider this a general question for society rather than aimed at you!)
  • lostinrates
    lostinrates Posts: 55,283 Forumite
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    lizzywig wrote: »
    I don't drive but my husband does and when I was pregnant I had horrendous pelvic girdle pain (SPD) and had to use crutches from 22 weeks. We didn't think to use the parent and child spaces at first because I could just about manage to walk a bit further but by the time I was about 36 weeks we were using those spaces and mostly it would take us twice as long to get around the supermarket too. It sucked and I say that actually what makes sense it that anyone who struggles to walk long distances should be able to use those spaces.

    Also think that the staff attendent must be pretty brave to confront a heavily pregnant and hormonal woman, I would have given him some choice words!

    What does annoy me are people who park in those spaces who don't have children and are using them to nip in and out. DH has been known before to go up to them and point out that they have acidently left their child in Tesco/Sainsburys/Asda. It wouldn't be such a problem if DD wasn't in a car seat but when parking in non parent child spaces we can't physically get her out the car, so it's seriously frustrating when you get someone walzting out without child when you could have used that space.

    I have used them in the past for kiddy handovers with my sister and her kids. One of us went in with kids, the other came out with them.

    Supermarkets made great handover points over long distances as they avoid town centre traffic, have loos and if needed somewhere to feed and water young people should there be a delay for one party.

    I personally never used the childspaces.
  • bestpud
    bestpud Posts: 11,048 Forumite
    DUTR wrote: »
    What was the response when you asked? Cos I know a fair few (myself included) who would make you wish you just minded your own business :o

    Me too and I most certainly wouldn't move my car for them!
  • cottonhead
    cottonhead Posts: 696 Forumite
    Use them however you choose - just good manner to abide by the 'rules' I guess. I personally dont thnk a pregnant woman needs a parent and child space though unless they are suffering from an assocaited medical condition ( although how would the staff know that ). Once you have a baby in a carrier and your handbag and a load of shopping you will appreciate that they are really useful. So yes I would be a bit annoyed if I was denied a space because a pregnant lady took it up. I am laughing at myself now because pre children I thought they were stupid !
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