After my recent blog about the stupid things people say to pregnant women and just when I thought I had heard it all, I had an encounter during a recent ultrasound that took the cake. Let me preface this by saying that it is rare that something or someone renders me speechless. I usually have a lot to say and will voice my opinion at any given opportunity but this woman put me at a complete loss for words. Okay, so let’s get in the DeLorean and go back in time to my ultrasound appointment a week ago…
I am laying on the table, with my shirt pulled up over my ginormous belly and the paper table-cloth tucked into the super sexy elastic lining of my shorts as the tech is typing random shit into her computer. She starts asking me the usual small talk questions over the sound of the “PPPPPFFFFTTT” made when she squeezes the bottle of gel over my stomach.
Tech: “So, do you have any other children?”
Me: “Yes, this is my fourth.”
Tech: “How old are your others?”
Me: “I have a ten-year old daughter and my sons are five and two.”
Tech: “Do they all have the same Dad?”
Me: *blank stare* “Huh? Yeah. Ummm—-wait—what?!?”
Tech: “It’s just that, usually, with an age gap like that they don’t have the same father.”
The talk switched to the baby on the ultrasound screen at that point, which immediately held my undivided attention, completely distracting from the awkward exchange that had just taken place. After I left the doctor’s office, the conversation replayed in my head and I have to admit, it really pissed me off. What the shit kind of question is that to ask? It is obviously irrelevant to the job at hand and, therefore, none of her fucking business. For the record, my children were all fathered by my husband but I still found the question completely obnoxious and intrusive. I haven’t said anything about it to anyone else at the doctor’s office but I keep wondering if I should.
What are some of the most obnoxious questions or comments you have heard, pregnant or not, from strangers or alleged professionals?
When did you lose your virginity and what is the diameter of your vaginal opening?