“The doctor is pushing back your 20 week scan to 24 weeks because of all the extra tissue on your abdomen.” – OB Nurse
“I want you to get an epidural since it will be too hard to do one in an emergency since you’re so overweight.” – OB at 34 week prenatal.
“You need to sort out your exercises.” – Nurse to mother 6 weeks postpartum, commenting on the mother’s belly size.
“You’re too fat. You’ll have high blood pressure and I can almost guarantee you’re diabetic. This is a high-risk pregnancy.” – OB at the first prenatal.
“You’re already obese. It’s not good to be this fat going into a pregnancy. You’re going to have to get a Cesarean Section because of your weight.” – OB nurse practitioner to mother who stood 5’3″ and weighed 138 lbs at 11 weeks pregnant during this prenatal.
“The reason you had a miscarriage is because you are fat. You will never carry a pregnancy to term unless you stop eating Big Macs.” – Midwife
“Never eat a whole piece of fruit in one sitting.” – OB to mother while discussing weight gain during pregnancy.
“Since you are already overweight, the OB will probably request that you only gain 10-15 pounds this pregnancy.” – OB resident to mother who was 5 ft 5 inches and weighed 155.
“Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you can binge on Taco Bell and Ben & Jerry’s! Do you want to become fat like every other American out there? This is how marriages end!” – OB to mother at a prenatal attended by the mother and her husband.
“I see you’ve gained 10 lbs since you were last into the doctor. You know, dear, eating for two is just an old wives’ thing. You don’t want to be a fat mom who can’t run after her kids, right?” – Nurse at the OB office.