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Pregnant Women Get a Parking Break

Privileged Parking For Pregnant Moms

When I pulled into the Babies 'R' Us lot for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised by the designated "Parking for Expecting Moms" spots.

While I wasn't in dire need of the spaces, it made hauling a car seat, high chair, and loads of diapers to my car more convenient.

California Assemblyman Chuck Devore is hoping to make instances like this more common by giving pregnant women a temporary five-month disabled parking permit. To see how his proposal has been received,

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While many moms are excited about the potential convenience, others aren't too thrilled. Helen Grieco from NOW (National Organization For Women) is opposed to the bill She said:

We've always been troubled by framing pregnancy as a disability.

The bill will be introduced on Monday in Irvine.

What do you think about the parking placards for pregnant women?

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Doubletroublex2 Doubletroublex2 4 years
I do agree that not just 'any' pregnant woman should be able to get the permit. It should be doctor-prescribed for those who have a significant issue with walking. Sometimes its not a mere 10 feet. I would, though, as previous posters have said, kinda rather prefer designated parking for expectant or new moms. We have a couple stores in my area (BJs for one) that have special parking spaces relatively close to the front doors (Though not taking from disabled parking) that are specifically for *clearly* expectant mothers (i think it even states that) or parents with infants. Those are the best in my opinion. If most large stores could offer this, there wouldnt be much need for the permit for pregnancy, and it wouldnt take away from those that are truly disabled. compromise! ;)
Doubletroublex2 Doubletroublex2 4 years
Ok, my two cents.. from someone who is pregnant. Yes, pregnancy (for most) is a choice, but there are conditions that go with that aren't a choice. Not everyone's pregnancy is fantastic. My first pregnancy was pretty great, besides the fact that i was carrying two blessings in my tummy. HOWEVER - towards the end, in my third trimester, it was a literal and physical pain to walk for much. Yes, i was one of those moms who used the darn motorized scooters in the grocery store. Tried just walking around with some friends one evening, and had to have my husband and my friend's husband go track one down for me cause i just couldn't push myself. Was i on bedrest, no. Just because it was difficult for me to be on my feet for long i was supposed to stay home and not get things done? No, i still had to get groceries, i still wanted to get out of the house (especially before babies arrived!!!). Now, i'm pregnant again, and who woulda thunk it, but with another set of twins. I'm only 27 weeks, but am in significant pain while walking. I wish i wasn't, i wish i could park at the end of the lot and walk perfectly fine, maybe minus a little wobble since i'm already looking 8months prego. But unfortunately, i'm cursed with this disorder this time. Same business, it's not something that i'm needed on bedrest for, and now with two 3 year olds on top of me being pregnant, and my husband working his butt off to be able to somewhat support us, its mainly on my shoulders to get things done. Groceries is one of them. Keeping my little ones entertained and getting them social time via the mall play area or other sorts is one as well. I do agree that, unfortunately, there are those moms that will abuse it and and think 'yay!' just because. But i assure you, there are some (who these spots are clearly meant for) that do need it. No, pregnancy in itself is not a disability, and shouldn't be thought of as one. But i dont think this is meant to label it as a disability. Its simply meant to give those expectant mothers a little breath of relief while they are out doing their errands. I honestly dont see why people would have a huge problem with it. Just like anything else, if you dont like it, dont use it. If it doesnt affect you, why bother yourself with it? Especially something this insignificant. No need to call all pregnant moms who would use this 'lazy'. Walk in someone's shoes before you judge. <3
phatE phatE 6 years
this is just a case of differing opinions. i also agree that pregnant women do not need to use the allocated handicap spots, they aren't handicap..
phatE phatE 8 years
Agymgirl I am surprised you haven't been jumped.. I couldn't have said it better myself! :)
Agymgirl55 Agymgirl55 8 years
I think its really ridiculous, being pregnant is definetly a choice and new moms and pregnant people already act like the most entitled ppl on the planet, now I supposed to give up good parking spots because you decided to be a mom? What about ppl with real disabilities??
phatE phatE 8 years
Having said all this in defense of the pregant permits, I discovered a potential problem just this morning. I was at my OB-Gyn's office which is housed in a building with my other doctor's offices. They have probably about 10 handicapped spots in their lot. If all pregnant women had temporary parking permits the truly disabled patients of other docotrs would not stand a chance of getting a handicapped spot. Pretty hard to justify a healthy pregnant woman using a handicapped spot if it makes it impossible for someone with a greater need to find one. That is my point, and why I am not for them..
anniekim anniekim 8 years
You know, I totally agree with that. When I have my kids with me (ages 4 and 2)is when I would like a close parking spot most, for their protection and when they need to be carried. I am pregnant and I really have no need for a special parking space. I had no problems getting around with my earlier pregnancies and don't anticipate this time being any different. I do have more than one pregnant friend who has not been so lucky. For some the difference between a close parking space and a distant one made the difference between being able to go into the store or office or wherever and having to drive back home. I think Schaianne has good point--doctors could determine the extent of each pregnant woman's need. I hadn't thought that giving pregnant women temporary handicapped permits would cause trouble for others seeking disabled permits. If that is the case it should certainly be factored into the equation. Having said all this in defense of the pregant permits, I discovered a potential problem just this morning. I was at my OB-Gyn's office which is housed in a building with my other doctor's offices. They have probably about 10 handicapped spots in their lot. If all pregnant women had temporary parking permits the truly disabled patients of other docotrs would not stand a chance of getting a handicapped spot. Pretty hard to justify a healthy pregnant woman using a handicapped spot if it makes it impossible for someone with a greater need to find one. Eh, it's all a lot more complicated when you get into it.
phatE phatE 8 years
No, I am really not worked up, I just don't agree with it. I get that others in the car with the person would benefit as well, but so would other people with other conditions.. Pregnant women aren't the only ones who have a difficult time walking around, and so for them to be treated specially because they chose to have kids, and then have it be incredibly difficult for people who actually have disabilities to get a handicap tag is completely ridiculous. Like I have said, I agree that the women with small children could benefit more from the space.. BUT.. a woman who is pregnant and just by herself, no small kids, can walk. I think if the woman is disabled, or classified as that during her pregnancy, she should be able to get a pass through her doctor, but I don’t think every pregnant woman should receive special parking.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
PhatE--that's not really true. The pregant woman would primarily benefit, but if she already has children they would also benefit, as would anyone traveling with her, be it spouse, friend, or family member. You seem a bit more worked up about this than necessary. It pushed my buttons more than I expected it to, as well. Just because legislation does not directly benefit a person is no reason to automatically oppose it.
MamaBee MamaBee 8 years
I found that while I may have been sore and tired in my last trimester (and even before!), when I could really use the "stork parking" is with a brand-new baby! C-section incision + infant in carrier + 2-year-old + a rain storm is an ugly equation!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
You can get handicapped permits for having a broken foot ... it's temporary and NOT a disability, per se ... so why not have a pregnant woman permit? Personally, I would like to see only Doctors being able to issue these though because otherwise every female would claim to be pregnant in order to be in that spot.
phatE phatE 8 years
PREGNANT women only..
anniekim anniekim 8 years
phatE--you are right, of course. It's just that women would primarily benefit.
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