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We don't have that around here but it sure would be nice. When I was pregnant I wasn't exactly bedridden but I had very limited acitivity because my blood pressure would get really high. They wouldn't give me a handicap tag but I would pass out if my pressure got too high. That would have made shopping feasible... I had to get clothes somehow B) It would also be nice with my 2 year old. So many people drive around the parking lot like a bat out of hell around here that I have to hold my 35 lb child because I worry. Plus the whole having to put them in and leave the door wide open is a pain because people park waay too close to the lines. Maybe the idea will make its' way down here eventually.

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It is a great idea. You could write a letter to the local malls and newspapers recommending this. If you belong to a local organisation - a church, PTA, or political group - you could ask them to back you on this.

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With my granddaughter who is 2, I also cruise the lot looking for a spot close to the shopping cart return racks---because I hate putting her in the car and leaving her there while I trek back across the lot to return the cart. And I HATE people leaving them scattered everywhere to bash into my car!

When I was young and a first time Mom, I had the same issue going to the laundromat.....do I leave her in the car, and carry in the laundry then get her, or do I take her in first......so I would remove her, and lay her on top of each basket as I carried them in and out. Luckily our house was finished before she got too big to do it with!!!!

I agree with green----get involved! It is a wonderful way of meeting new people!!!

Kat

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Pre-band Confessions - Several of our local grocery stores have these spots as well. At my highest weight pre-band I use to park in those spots. I figured who was going to argue that I didn't look pregnant. After all I'd been mistaken for 9 months pregnant more than once. It seemed like fair payback for the insult at the time. Now it just seems like an excuse for having been too lazy to walk a few extra steps

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What bothers me is when people who don't need the spots use them. Like someone who looks as if they might be like 2 months pregnant.

I'm not even 2-month pregnant (only 6-weeks), but suffer from CFS and severe "all-day" sickness. My blood pressure is most always below 100/60. But none of my symptoms show from the outside. I go shopping only under absolute necessity and really appreciate - and need - those parking spots.

Only goes to say that one never really know what's going on in the life of a 2-month pregnant woman, and why she might need courtesy parking spots... It's too easy to judge from the outside...:smile:

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