Apr 142014
 

Fatness“Not a chance. The tried-and-true still stands: eat less, move more, and you’ll lose weight.”

- OB in response to mother who inquired as to whether something other than diet and exercise could be causing a weight problem, as the mother was struggling to lose baby weight despite exclusively nursing, eating a very healthy diet, and working out daily.

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 April 14, 2014  Fatness, OB, postpartum 24 Responses »
Mar 262014
 

Fatness“Still pregnant, then?”

- Family Practice doctor to mother at 8 weeks.  At an earlier appointment, the doctor implied that both the mother and the baby would die due to the mother’s obesity.

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Mar 152014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“You’re going to gain 50 pounds. That’s a lot. It means you will have to work extra hard to get it off.”

- OB to mother who had extra fluid due to as yet undiagnosed preeclampsia.

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 March 15, 2014  Fatness, OB, prenatal 11 Responses »
Jan 082014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“I understand you think that your ‘research’ has led you to make good decisions but you are not the one with the degree and experience. You are an overweight woman who will develop pre-eclampsia if you go any further into this pregnancy, and that’s why I want you in here tomorrow morning when you were scheduled. If you don’t show up we can only assume you are putting your baby’s needs after your own and I will not hesitate to make hospital staff aware that you are a danger to your child. That is not a threat, it is a promise.”

- OB to mother who was not consenting to an induction at 38 weeks 5 days. The mother’s only health issue was obesity.  Blood pressure, labs, gestational diabetes test all were within normal limits.

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Jan 022014
 

ThoughtfulThursday“So, you’re 215 pounds at 32 weeks; your pregnancy weight gain looks very normal and healthy.”

- OB to larger woman.

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Nov 262013
 

Fatness“Why are you crying? It’s not like you lost anything. A woman your size has no business being pregnant anyway.”

-ER nurse to an overweight woman suffering the miscarriage of her third child.

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 November 26, 2013  Fatness, pregnancy loss 17 Responses »
Nov 182013
 

Fatness“You are grossly overweight. I need you to realize that your weight alone means you are probably going to have a cesarean section. Your previous weights in other pregnancies are irrelevant.”

-  OB to mother with two previous uneventful vaginal deliveries and currently now 32 weeks pregnant with her third.

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 November 18, 2013  Cesarean, Fatness, OB 18 Responses »
Nov 142013
 

ThoughtfulThursday“You look refreshed and beautiful!”

- Midwife greeting mother who had been struggling with body image and rapid weight gain during pregnancy.

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Nov 072013
 

ThoughtfulThursday“Looking at your chart, yeah, I’m not sure why they sent you to me.”

- Maternal Fetal Specialist to an overweight mother whose weight and BMI stats are well below the “unsafe” threshhold.

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Nov 052013
 

Fatness“Wow! Well, now that you’re finally pregnant, hopefully your morning sickness will be bad enough you will lose a few pounds.”

- Reproductive Endocrinologist Nurse to mother who was finally pregnant while undergoing infertility treatment.

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 November 5, 2013  Fatness, L&D Nurse 13 Responses »