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Crazy Things OBGYNs Say

by Michele Zipp on September 16, 2009 at 7:00 AM

things OBGYNs sayThe craziest thing my OBGYN said was that I could have my twins naturally. I know, it's not crazy, but after a visit with a specialist who said I should count on a c-section it was news I didn't expect to hear.

But lots of moms have heard really strange things from their doctors.

The site My OB Said What?!? posts those jaw-dropping quips. Here is a sampling:

  • "Well, her vagina basically exploded..." -OB during repair of extensive tears after vaginal birth with baby in military presentation.
  • "No. You're fine, the baby is fine, but you could DIE." -OB recommending a cesarean, when asked by mom if the baby was in distress.
  • "Pitocin doesn't cause unnatural contractions. It causes REAL contractions."
  • "We've got to get this going if I'm ever going to be back to my office in time for my new furniture delivery." -OB over open belly in the OR.
  • "Smells like BBQ..." -OB to resident while cauterizing vessels during a cesarean section for breech.
  • "This is man blood, so don't be surprised if you start feeling smarter." -OB to mom receiving a transfusion after Postpartum Hemorrhage.

OK, we've all said stupid things...I am so guilty of that. In fact, I could see myself saying something smelled like BBQ if in fact it did, even if it was a little out of line.

What about you? Has your OB ever said anything to you that was off-putting or really strange?

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  • carri...


    September 16, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Well yes.  I delivered my first child early so with this second pregnancy I am under much closer scrutiny.  I am 24 weeks pregnant and my OB told me that I can't have anymore sex between weeks 24 and 35. As that is a grossly long time to go without... that was not the weird thing she said.  She continued on after telling me to stop having sex that... " your husband can still have sex though..."  My first thought was... "huh? who's he gonna have sex with if I can't have it with him?" It was really off putting and I am pretty sure she just meant he can have time with himself (if you get my drift)... my it was too awkward to even ask her what she meant.

  • scien...


    September 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Mine was surprised I was "still" breastfeeding my 3 month old.  She said it was completely unneccessary!

  • auror...


    September 16, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Pretty much everything that came out of my doctors mouth was crazy looking back on it...

  • boizmom


    September 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Mine said, "Let's induce you before Christmas so that you don't go into labor during my vacation."  I was induced at 37 weeks which resulted in a c-section.  Baby was not ready to come out yet...and my Dr had a plane to catch.  Note that he lied to me and said my baby was in distress, but my medical records say I demanded the c-section.  WTF?  He's not my Dr anymore.

  • Happy...


    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    "You'll feel a little pinch" - Doctor.

    *feels like the jaws of life tearing through your birth canal and opening your cervix wide enough to get a glimpse of China from the other side*

    Pinch.... right!

  • Joyan...


    September 16, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    OMG! Those are the craziest things I have every heard.

  • momof...


    September 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    OMG carrie_grace, I would have been speechless too! confused

  • j2ul1y


    September 16, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    The other day when I went to the OB, she pulled down the top of my pants to measure my belly, and she said "Aw really cute panties you have on." Um, awkward! How am I supposed to respond to that? It was also someone I had never seen before because my regular doctor was really behind.

  • RanaA...


    September 16, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    I'm pissed that people would tell you you needed a c-section JUST because of twins, Michele.  Grr!

    How about this, when I wasn't feeling contractions and NOTHING  was wrong:  "Would you rather have your water broken or get pictocin?"

    How about LEAVE ME THE F**K ALONE?!

  • RanaA...


    September 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    boizmom, I hope you sued.

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