11 Pregnancy Visits to the Doctor Gone Wrong

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Going to an OB/GYN or a midwife is rarely a whole lot of fun for a pregnant woman. At best, we are uncomfortable and bloated and STILL pregnant, and at worst, we are having our inner body probed and prodded while we feel pretty unattractive.

Now, yes, of course, pregnancy is a beautiful thing and we are lucky to experience it and all that. But wow. It can also just be brutally humiliating, disgusting, and sometimes even terrifying.

With that in mind, The Stir has gathered 11 true humiliating and funny stories from moms across the country (identified only by their first initial) proving you aren't alone. Here they are:

  • M's tale of bad bedside manner: I went to my doctor for my first check-up and he didn't even look at me. Zero eye contact. He just stared at his computer the entire time I was in the room while asking me questions that seemed like they were from a textbook. Then he asked me if I was sexually active. I was eight weeks pregnant. Clearly he wasn't a math major. I switched doctors.
  • S needs a new doctor now: Just after my C-section delivery, I was taken in to have my tubes tied. The doctor said that it's standard to have patients wait at least an hour but I looked OK. As I was given the medications, I heard the doctor say, "Come on ... we need to make this a quick one because I need to go home to take my dog out." If I could have gotten off the table, I would have.
  • E's long wait: Once I had an appointment at 1:30 and they finally called me in at 4:45. It was so OBNOXIOUS! The time when I had that 1:30 appointment, they told me that she has just gotten back from delivering a baby and that she would see me shortly. Then I heard the receptionist on the phone with her asking when she would be back .... Then (here's the kicker) the crazy receptionist walked around the waiting room handing out cookies while singing. About two hours later, the doc walked in still in her scrubs. I really wanted to leave when she ran late, but it was such an ordeal to get an appointment and get a sitter for my older child, so I sat. And sat. And sat.
  • S's upchuck humiliation: I had a sudden wave of pregnancy nausea, leaned over the edge of the exam table, and vomited on the floor at about four months along, liberally splashing my OB in the process. She took it really well but I was mortified.
  • A's "pain" shame: My OB clearly had issues with the idea of home birth and midwife care, and made that clear with a variety of snarky comments at each appointment. On my last appointment (at five months along), she asked again if I was sure about home birth. When I replied in the affirmative, she replied, "Fine then, I hope you enjoy excruciating pain." Whatever. My home birth rocked.
  • M's inappropriate doctor: At my six-week OB check-up, she asked if I was breastfeeding and I said yes. She said it must be weird. "One minute your breasts are a sexual organ and then they are used to feed your baby." Nice.
  • S was left behind: I went in for a non-stress test. They hooked me up to the machine and said they would be back in 10 minutes. Forty minutes later I disconnected myself and went out to look for somebody. They all were eating lunch in the break room and completely forgot about me.
  • E's baby startle moment: Once when I went in and my baby wasn't active enough for them, the nurse pulled out this buzzer and without even warning me buzzed it right on my belly. The poor little thing jumped a mile in my belly! I was so angry!
  • A's hot doctor: The resident who helped do my C-section was INSANELY hot. I just wanted to cringe when he'd come in to check on me all gross and bloated. If a hot man is going to come wake me up and check out my lady business, I would like it to be under much sexier circumstances.
  • S's fat shaming doctor: The only male doctor in my practice said something like, "Wow ... It must be tough being pregnant during the holidays. But the party's over now, right?" I had gained something like 7 pounds between my December and January appointments. Jerk.
  • R's placenta privacy issue: After my son was born, my midwife held up my placenta and people took pictures of it. I guess 10-pound babies have huge placentas. After everything that goes on in childbirth, you'd think that wouldn't be embarrassing, but for some reason it was. Like, put down my placenta!!

What is your OB/GYN horror story?


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Kritika Kritika

I once went to an OBGYN in Roswell, GA that was so unbelievablely cold and rude I switched doctors right away. Had an attitude, didn't smile once, I mean honestly I could have had 2 heads coming from her demeaner. I will never forget what an ugly woman she was.  Ugh.

nonmember avatar Tonya

Before checking me, my OB would stretch out her hand toward the nurse and demand, "Twat grease!" I hesitated to comment because I know it sounds totally made up. But sadly, it's not. She ended up being really crappy in delivery. I should have taken the earlier cues and gotten the hell out of Dodge!

toria... toriandgrace

I've had great success with OBs. The worst that has happened was when my OB was doing a pap and said "You know you have the most..." and I was waiting for something ridiculous "pleasant personality" lol! Less small talk while you're up in my hooha please! Oh and I met a girl who had observed my birth like 6 months later.. talk about awkward.

99Red... 99RedBalloons

My first time at the gyn was interesting. I was 17, had just entered college, and was considering sex for the first time with my boyfriend. I made my appt to get set up with birth control, and had some idea what a vaginal exam might be like. 

I had a male doctor that first time, and for my exam, there was a female nurse present at all times. She sat in a chair next to the exam table reading a news paper. The doctor, easily in his late sixties, inserted a speculum and began mumbling to himself. All of a sudden he says "My, you have an extrodinarily long vaginal wall!" I was freaking MORTIFIED. All I could think of was "what the hell? Am I the grand canyon or something??" The nurse dropped her paper, and immediately chastised the doctor. She said "Fred! She's six feet tall! What did you expect?!" She huffed at him and patted my shoulder. She was sweet.

It's funny now, but I was so embarassed then!

Joyce Stafford

My OB made me stop pushing, in the middle of delivering my son, to cath me - because I was peeing on him every time I contracted. That was more painful then the actual birth, and I'm spiteful enough to admit I'm GLAD I peed on him - jerk!

MamaY... MamaYankee

About 2 weeks ago, my OB actually had the nerve to ask me if it would be okay for her to induce me -at 37 weeks because she had to go to Miami for spring break. Wtf?

April Griffis

With my oldest daughter i had the worst experience of labor. I was completely ready to deliver at midnight but my dr was home in bed and because my water wouldnt break and the baby wasnt in distress he wouldnt come to the hospital and wouldnt turn me over to the on call dr. so  i had to lay there until 7:15 when he walked in broke my water turned around and went to walk out saying he needed coffee. He didnt even make it to the dr when the nurses started hollering for him cause my daughters head popped out my ex husband told me later that he barely sat down before she came all the way out and he almost dropped her.

nonmember avatar anamir

I had a student obgyn and he was gay

I was his first real patient and he was HORRIFIED when the nurse told him to check me down there. It took him over an hour to finally do it

nonmember avatar J.J.

When I was 7 mos pregnant with my daughter I went for an office visit with a new doctor.. He talked to my boobs the whole time, cracked weird jokes during the exam, then made it a point to tell me that I should make sure that when I go to have sex next time I should stop and check the guys penis thoroughly... Did he think I was a hooker?? Or a slut??.. I was so weirded out and offended I switched O.Bs..

nonmember avatar Saren

I had my ob/gyn tell me that I had "junk in my trunk", that I was chunky, so many times that it took me 30 minutes to regain my composure to leave the office. ( I was 8 months pregnant) Also, during a trip to the triage at the hospital, the male doctor started doing an exam, turned to my fiance and said..."Ok....be sure to pull me out if I fall in." I couldn't believe it.

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