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Will I get so big that I can't drive?

(31 Posts)
wawabear Sun 31-Aug-14 12:50:24

This may sound a bit silly so bear with me... but I am scared that I will get so big that I won't be able to drive my car.

I am around a size 16, I have a Mercedes A Class. Will I get so big that the steering wheel goes into my bump. If I move my seat back then my feet won't reach the pedals!

What if I can't get to work? There is a train station near us but it's not walkable and my husband works shifts so he could collect me but not drop me off.

I'm only 8 weeks so there's plenty of time to work it out but I just wondered what other people's experiences were.

Many thanks and sorry if I sound silly xx

InculKate Sun 31-Aug-14 12:51:29

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wingcommandergallic Sun 31-Aug-14 12:52:03

My bump was all at the front but I managed to get behind the wheel ok. Mind you, by 36 weeks or so, it was a bit uncomfortable so I let DP drive everywhere as I'd finished work at that point.

LocalVelvet Sun 31-Aug-14 12:53:28

You'll be fine. I am not a delicate flower and had a giant bump at the end and could always drive smile

Lally112 Sun 31-Aug-14 12:53:32

I doubt it. When I had my first I had an old banged up A reg escort and I fitted fine, even with the twins I still fitted in the jeep and in the same situation there - if I move the seat I cant reach the pedals. If it helps you actually do get pedal extenders thought, we looked into these when we thought it might come to it with the two of them.

wawabear Sun 31-Aug-14 13:01:15

Thanks all.

Wow pedal extenders might be the way forward - I had no idea you could get such a thing.

You won't believe this but I have been stressing about this all week. I thought I was going to have to get a taxi into work. My parents have a car but my mother has been remarkably disinterested and my father hasn't bothered himself to get in touch since he found out I was pregnant, so asking for a lift is kind of out of the question!

Many thanks again, one thing less to worry about xx

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 31-Aug-14 13:01:36

I had a Mercedes SLK when pregnant. Getting in and out was difficult because of the low seat and long doors but I was fine to drive once I was in there. Drove myself to hospital at 38+5 then ended up having the baby. I was a size 16 pre pregnancy.

Mintyy Sun 31-Aug-14 13:03:35

I'm really short and had an enormous bump with my ds. Strangers queued up to comment on it. But I could always drive.

InculKate Sun 31-Aug-14 13:06:06

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TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 31-Aug-14 13:06:21

Probably off topic, but expecting to be the centre of attention just because you're pregnant is only likely to cause you heart ache. My dad is an excited and devoted grandad, I'm not sure that he particularly contacted me while I was pregnant. We spoke and saw each other quite often but generally at my instigation. I wouldn't keep a tally on it. My own grandparents have never phoned me I don't think, I phone them. Being pregnant is unlikely to limit your powers of communication.

wingcommandergallic Sun 31-Aug-14 13:13:25

Don't worry, you stress about all sorts of mad things with your first baby.

wawabear Sun 31-Aug-14 13:21:11

Thanks for the advice really appreciate it.

I'm not expecting to be the centre of attention just because I am pregnant but I had expected my dad to at last pick up the one once in the past two weeks to congratulate me given that he is quite able to do so when he wants something! You're right, being pregnant has not limited my ability to communicate.

weebairn Sun 31-Aug-14 13:40:58

Never had any problems driving right up to the end, just a bit uncomfortable sitting for long periods in the last weeks.

Bunbaker Sun 31-Aug-14 13:41:51

Does your car have an adjustable steering wheel?

I had no problem driving when huge. I would think most people wouldn't.

Fairylea Sun 31-Aug-14 13:44:06

I'm a size 16-18 and had a huge bump and still managed to drive myself and dh (non driver) to the hospital the day before my c section for my pre med appointment! (Didn't actually take any medication then, just a talk etc).

And I was in my Fiat seicento which is like the inbetweeners car! grin

DannyShouldHaveChosenRizzo Sun 31-Aug-14 13:48:33

I am clearly in the minority then! smile
I couldn't drive from about 30 weeks as I couldn't physically fit behind the wheel and still reach the pedals.
I am short though and I was pregnant with MASSIVE twins.

Waggamamma Sun 31-Aug-14 13:49:20

I'm a size 16/18. I'm now 39wks with massive bump (last baby 9lb+). I'm still driving with no issues at all. I wouldn't like to do a long drive now for comfort reasons, but local trips are not a problem.

slithytove Sun 31-Aug-14 13:58:01

I'm fine, I think it's more of a height thing.
I'm size 16/18 and 5'5.

I do have a 5'1 friend who couldn't drive in the last month or so

squizita Sun 31-Aug-14 14:30:30

I'm 5"2 and 38 weeks and can drive perfectly well. Had to lean back the seat a tiny bit, adjust the seat... but my feet easily reach the pedals and the seatbelt works fine round the bump. Getting in and out of the car is fricken hilarious to behold though and I have to be careful where I park (no walls or cars close by the driver side).
When not pregnant I go to CAMRA beer festivals, if some of those impressive beer bumps can drive so can we! grin

MagpieMama Sun 31-Aug-14 14:47:43

I drove my MX5 right up until the day before my induction. I've always been strangely proud of that wink

polkadotdelight Sun 31-Aug-14 14:52:40

Almost 38 weeks here, predicted big baby and it's all up front but driving is no problem. Getting in and out isn't much fun though. Are you planning on working all the way up to your due date? I finished at 34+4 so am just pootling about now.

Catsmamma Sun 31-Aug-14 15:17:51

I passed my test at eight and a half months pg....and right from 4 months the midwife and GP had been forecasting a GIANT baby

In the end he was over 10lbs and second longest baby for the maternity hospital that year.....I am tall though so there's was plenty of room for him

Only difficulty I had was when pg with dd2...but that was a renault and I hate renaults, it was to do with manoeuvring rather than driving, bump wise she was not nearly as big.

Eatscones Sun 31-Aug-14 16:32:56

I was overdue and still driving fine. Like others said, getting in and out of my car took a lil time...but I fit fine at 40+8 (all bump out front) into a lil car and I'm 5'2. This time still good to drive and I'm at 37+6.

amy83firsttimer Sun 31-Aug-14 18:23:59

Wawabear - the lack of interest early on is.common amongst the older generation. They don't seem to really admit you're pregnant until 12 weeks - for one we always find out really early whereas they probably had to wait 2 missed periods then wait for an appointment with the GP. Secondly mums like to get past the "danger zone" before they let themselves get excited. Congratulations by the way - I'm sure the car situation will be fine though.

Shroomboom Sun 31-Aug-14 19:22:52

I would have thought you should be fine to drive smile I had a massive bump, and was still driving the day before dd was born!

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