There is a councilman here in New York City that is proposing special parking or parking passes for expectant mothers with “particular health challenges.” The NOW spokeswoman for NYC has come out against this proposal because it makes women seem weaker when pregnant.
For those who are not City dwellers, let me tell you that parking is a pain! It does depend on the neighborhood that you live in. We have spent 45 minutes looking for a parking space before. Then if you have to park several blocks away and walk to your home or destination, with baby, bags, and stroller all in tow, it can be quite an ordeal.
Now that I am nearly halfway through this pregnancy, I am realizing what a hassle is required to go out of the house, even for just a few minutes. With the added problem of the lacking public restroom in NYC, I often cannot venture very far unless I know there will be a bathroom when I arrive. I now leave the grocery shopping for an evening activity when my husband can help with the bags and parking.
I think the parking passes would be a blessing to any expectant mom. I may not even qualify, as I have had healthy, and considerably easy pregnancies. But it is still a nice gesture.
I don’t think that my pregnancy makes me weaker. I have definitely discovered that I can do many things (often requiring a little creativity or new approach) even with my expanding abdomen. Yet I appreciate the little bit of extra care that my hubby gives me. He understands when I feel ill. He takes care of the dishes. He spends his evening with me at the grocery store. It makes me feel valued and special that he will take special care of me at this time. I do not feel belittled, put down, or second class because he does these things.
So…what do you think? Does pregnancy make women weaker? Do we deserve a little bit of special treatment? Should we just be expected to carry on as we did pre-pregnancy?
Should there be special parking passes? And does pregnancy and mothering turn a woman’s career down the wrong path? Leave me a comment and share your thoughts. Be sure to read the original article, found here.