Using parent and child spaces when heavily pregnant

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  • Person_one
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    skintchick wrote: »
    But you said it yourself - extra room to get in and out. Baby bumps get big!! and they don;t squash, so you can;t squeeze into small gaps between cars, and nor should you as it isn;t good for baby to be treated like that.

    And I don;t use a pushchair with Dd but I still need extra room as I have to open the door wide to get her out of her car seat.

    I don;t think anyone is suggesting that someone 8 weeks pregnant would use one, but when you get a big bump you do need extra room and I think it is churlish to deny a pregnant woman the use of such a space.

    I did include car seats, I agree they make sense with small children once they are out of the womb!

    However, baby bumps aren't the only way people get big, or less flexible, or why they might appreciate the extra room.

    Nobody's actually suggesting denying use of the spaces to people who really need them, I'm just questioning why pregnancy seems to trump anything else and is considered in such a special light when there are many many things that could cause a person to appreciate a bit of extra room or a safe/short route into the shop.
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    jackieb wrote: »
    That means nothing. The disabled spaces have wheelchairs on them and the majority of blue badge holders i've seen aren't in a wheelchair.

    Its not just a picture though, its plain English! Have a look next time you're at Tesco.
  • skintchick
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    Because she IS a parent and child, just one in-utero, thereby meeting the requirements of the space-usage rules, which fat or disabled or less flexible people do not.

    And...because she is MAKING a BABY. She is creating a miracle of life right there in her womb. It's frickin' AWESOME and she deserves RESPECT.
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    Person_one wrote: »
    I did include car seats, I agree they make sense with small children once they are out of the womb!

    However, baby bumps aren't the only way people get big, or less flexible, or why they might appreciate the extra room.

    Nobody's actually suggesting denying use of the spaces to people who really need them, I'm just questioning why pregnancy seems to trump anything else and is considered in such a special light when there are many many things that could cause a person to appreciate a bit of extra room or a safe/short route into the shop.

    There are many other reasons, but I suppose a baby needs more protection than say, my fat belly, which can be squished without breaking any bones.

    There are probably lots of people who would appreciate all spaces being made wider and safer, but can't get a blue badge. Maybe someone should start a campaign :)
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  • ikkle87
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    Person_one wrote: »
    I'm just questioning why pregnancy seems to trump anything else and is considered in such a special light when there are many many things that could cause a person to appreciate a bit of extra room or a safe/short route into the shop.

    Your a little bit tubby and you fall over and hit your stomach, it hurts and is a bit sore, but you get up dust yourself off and feel fine.

    Your pregnant and you fall over and hit your stomach, you get up and dust yourself off and personally feel fine, however the child growing inside you has no way of letting you know they are ok and you have to go to hospital for monitoring and an ECG to check on bubs.

    Baby bumps aren't like flab, you can't squash them in to squeeze through a little gap, there's a person in there.
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  • Person_one
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    skintchick wrote: »

    And...because she is MAKING a BABY. She is creating a miracle of life right there in her womb. It's frickin' AWESOME and she deserves RESPECT.


    For crying out loud...
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    skintchick wrote: »
    Because she IS a parent and child, just one in-utero, thereby meeting the requirements of the space-usage rules, which fat or disabled or less flexible people do not.

    And...because she is MAKING a BABY. She is creating a miracle of life right there in her womb. It's frickin' AWESOME and she deserves RESPECT.

    Just like the guy that had to do the hard work in the 1st place.
  • Person_one
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    ikkle87 wrote: »
    Your a little bit tubby and you fall over and hit your stomach, it hurts and is a bit sore, but you get up dust yourself off and feel fine.

    Your pregnant and you fall over and hit your stomach, you get up and dust yourself off and personally feel fine, however the child growing inside you has no way of letting you know they are ok and you have to go to hospital for monitoring and an ECG to check on bubs.

    Baby bumps aren't like flab, you can't squash them in to squeeze through a little gap, there's a person in there.


    I wasn't aware it was a competition? Why aren't all the people who would benefit from the space allowed to use it?

    Pregnant women aren't the only people who can be seriously injured by a fall, and what's falling over got to do with parking spaces anyway? :)

    (Fat only squashes so much by the way, laws of physics and all that! ;))
  • ikkle87
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    Person_one wrote: »
    I wasn't aware it was a competition? Why aren't all the people who would benefit from the space allowed to use it?

    Pregnant women aren't the only people who can be seriously injured by a fall, and what's falling over got to do with parking spaces anyway? :)

    (Fat only squashes so much by the way, laws of physics and all that! ;))

    I never said it was a competition Hun just saying why some pregnant ladies need extra space because of a need to protect their unborn.

    I'm fat, disabled (due to a genetic condition before anyone says its cos I'm fat) and pregnant. I know all about problems getting in and out of cars, I've never used either disabled parking or p and c parking even though I could.

    My OH drops me at the drop off/pick up point I get a trolley while he parks, we shop and then I sit on a bench outside while he goes and gets the car and comes back to the pick up point for me. This may change when bubs is here but I doubt it.
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  • melancholly
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    All sheer madness. Maybe it says more about the stupid number of designated disabled/P+C spaces in the supermarkets near where I have lived, but I have simply never been their and found them all full. The rest of the car park might be almost full, but the spaces marked as disabled/P+C never are. Not even on Saturday afternoons. Quite honestly, if someone needs extra space, let them take it.

    Driving and parking in car parks will always be annoying - somehow people don't think they need to use indicators or park within the lines. There are far more important things to get worked up about than the odd person, for whatever reason, parking in a P+C bay without having a gaggle of children under 5 each with their own pushchair!

    (The idea of complaining about a heavily pregnant parking there is just madness - the spaces are to help those who need it. Let's go with the spirit of the rules rather than being obsessed with the letter of them. Or has common sense being completely removed from the population?!)
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