stork parkingLast night, I did something I never thought I'd do. I used Stork Parking. (It's cool, I'm pregnant.) The mall was packed; I had a bag full of returns; and it was pouring rain. It wasn't even an option.

Honestly, my usage of it felt earned. I'm almost six months along, and, before last night, it never even even crossed my mind to use it. Also -- humble brag here -- I stand up for the entire duration of my train commutes everyday. Not because I want to, because I'm yet to be offered a seat. But that counts for something, right? I haven't even given my belly an exaggerated rub in hopes that someone will notice that -- hello! -- there's a pregnant woman standing. Okay, I totally have, but that's neither here nor there. We're talking about Stork Parking. And how it's great for certain situations.

See, the benefit is definitely something that can be (and is!) abused -- by pregnant women. And it ain't cool. Here are five times it's not okay to use Stork Parking, ladies.

 

You just peed on a stick. Unless you're vomiting and nauseous, you have no business using Stork Parking if you just found out you're pregnant. You're fine. You're totally normal. The baby growing inside of you is about the size of a pea at that point. I seriously doubt the getting winded easily or backaches have set in yet.

The parking lot is empty. If there's no one else at the store you're going to, and said store has Stork Parking, you should skip it. One spot over won't kill you. And in the case that the place does fill up, it's nice to leave a spot for your fellow preggo.

You don't exercise. At all. Not to get all sanctimonious on you, but physical activity is good for you while you're pregnant. No, it's not fun. It never is! But being pregnant isn't an excuse to just let yourself go. Take care of yourself, eat right, work on your fitness a little bit. And if the only fitness you're getting is doing laps through the mall, why not throw in a little extra and park a bit further away?

You're with other people. Barring that you're feeling okay, there's no need to park in the Stork spots if you're out with others. Any bags or boxes you acquire during your jaunt can be carried by them.  And should be.

Another pregnant woman wants the spot. In the case that you ever find yourself in the rare situation of a pregnant lady parking stand-off, just let her have the spot. Why? Because you'll feel good about yourself for doing the right thing. And that's better than any parking lot to store distance. And who knows? Maybe your baby will pick up on what a kind soul her mommy is.

Do you use Stork Parking?

 

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