“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.
“You’re measuring a little big, but it’s probably just because of your fatty pouch.” – OB to mother at a prenatal, while grabbing her stomach.
“If you don’t eat fruit, your baby won’t be fat.” – OB to mother worried about a large baby due to the family history of large babies, including both the mother and father weighing over 9 pounds.
“Have you considered going on a diet?” – OB resident to mother as she lay on the exam table for a prenatal visit, when the OB stepped out for a moment.
“When you want to snack make sure you eat something healthy because you have a lot of weight to lose.” – Midwife to mother who stated that she was very hungry after she had just given birth.
“If you gain anymore weight and grow a 12 lb baby I’m going to FORCE you to birth vaginally and refuse to do a cesarean.” – OB to mother who had gained 27 lbs by her 32 week appointment.