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Silliest question you've ever been asked about pregnancy/birth

post #1 of 98
Thread Starter 
I thought this would be fun. What is the absolute silliest or strangest thing you've ever been asked about pregnancy or birth?

From my childless sister when she found out I refused the ultrasound - "So you're getting one of those amnio needle test thingies?" *shudder* No way!

I can't really think of any others right now, but I'll post them when I do. C'mon ladies, spill! Let's all have a laugh!
post #2 of 98
I stopped working 2 days before the birth of my first child, and have been a SAHM since. When my second baby was 3 months old, I attended the wedding of a former co-worker, with my new baby in a sling - my two year old DD stayed home with DH. At the reception, I was standing around chatting with some people, and a guy that worked at my old hospital came up to talk with us (he wasn't in my department, but I saw him and talked with him nearly every day when I worked there two years earlier, hadn't seen him since then). He pointed at DS in the sling and asked "So, this is the same baby that you were pregnant with when you were working, right?" (I tried to politely point out that it had been more than two years, and no, THAT baby was now 2 years old and quite a bit larger than the one I was holding!)
post #3 of 98
"You want to give birth without drugs? Is that possible?"

*sigh*
post #4 of 98
Thread Starter 
I knew I'd think of a couple more...

Don't you HAVE to push on your back?

Don't all women need episiotomies?

How can you have the baby at HOME? What if you need a C/S?
post #5 of 98
From my neighbors (4 college guys) when DH told them that we'd just had DD at home:

"But who came and gave her an epidural?"
post #6 of 98
I was told by someone who works in our apt complex to NOT get the spinal, but get the epidural (I think she meant a shot of narcotics or something), because you could walk around, then. She had no idea we were having a homebirth: nod and smile.

At my shower, there's an ex coworker who said, "I can't believe you're having a homebirth, are you CRAZY???" She's not a judgemental type, she was just in total shock, so I said something to the effect that I would be more afraid to give birth in a hospital, and left it at that.
post #7 of 98
how do you have a baby at home? Do you take the baby to the hospital *after* it's born?
post #8 of 98
Was this planned?

Grr, how about saying "congrats" and leaving the snarky comments out of it?
post #9 of 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by Persephone
I was told by someone who works in our apt complex to NOT get the spinal, but get the epidural (I think she meant a shot of narcotics or something), because you could walk around, then.
There is such a thing as a "walking epidural" (it's basically a lower dose epidural, so theoretically you can walk around--although you're still strapped to five tons of machinery).
post #10 of 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by NYCVeg
There is such a thing as a "walking epidural" (it's basically a lower dose epidural, so theoretically you can walk around--although you're still strapped to five tons of machinery).
No, that wasn't what she was talking about... what she said was it was a shot in the thigh, and you weren't stuck the bed. No one I've asked about it has any idea what she was talking about... best guess is some kind of narcotic.
post #11 of 98
"Well, how does the baby get out if the Dr. doesn't cut you?" asked by my MIL (who had 3 natural births, though she was given episiotomies w/all 3)
post #12 of 98
"so if the baby is born in the water, does it swim around and breathe water until you bring it to the surface?"
post #13 of 98
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tie-dyed
how do you have a baby at home? Do you take the baby to the hospital *after* it's born?
I've heard this one A LOT. Uh, no, baby's here and looks fine, why do we need to go be poked and prodded?
post #14 of 98
Upon learning we were having a homebirth, I was asked 'can your midwife give you an epidural?'

After my first was born (over the summer, between semesters at college), I had people come up to me and ask 'where did that come from?' I told them there had been a sale over on Ponce.
post #15 of 98
I got asked "Does the midwife give you an epidural?" by DH's (childless) aunt when we were discussing my homebirth plans. I said "No, I don't need that." She said "Really?! Hmm." I love her to death, she's so sweet, but that one made me laugh for weeks!

When I told at work about my first pregnancy, which was very much wanted though not specifically "planned" one guy said "Ruh-roh!" I looked at him like he had lost his MIND and said "I'm actually really happy and excited about this." He backpedaled and said congrats, etc. right away. Moron.

When we were at the hospital getting DS leg casted on Monday (3yo with a spiral fracture of the right tibia... fun fun fun!!!) the male tech/nurse guy upon hearing we have four kids at home and one on the way said to DH "You need to get a new hobby!"

Hello MORON, our kids and their little mishaps seem to be paying your salary today, so SHUT UP. That's what I wanted to say, but I kept my mouth shut. Some people are incurably stupid.

Kathryn
post #16 of 98
" So, did it hurt like, a lot?" To which I answered "Uh, yeah"
post #17 of 98
The silliest thing I've been asked was by my boss. "Where did you conceive the baby?" Kid you not. He asked me this at a staff meeting in front of my co-workers. You should have seen the glares he received from my female friends and thank god I didn't have to say anything because one of them spoke up and said "What????" : He shut up and moved on to a different topic.
post #18 of 98
My favorite question is "What happens in case of an emergency?".

Everyone anticipates an emergency! Most births proceed normally!
post #19 of 98
"But the baby will drown!" (in a wb... Yeah like it did in utero in all that liquor?)
"But your MW can't do a caesarean!" (um yeah I knew there was a reason I hired her!)
"What if I offend my Ob asking her if I can have a doula at the birth?" (What the?)
post #20 of 98
"How do you get your house as clean as the hospital?" Um, right.

"Does your midwife perform circumcisions?" No, and we won't be having it done anyway.
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