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I've really only had one true WTF moment in my pregnancy, and although it was a few months ago I hadn't found this comm yet.

I'm a grad student, sharing an office with two other grad students. One has a year and a half old son, so his wife was pregnant about two years ago now. He really likes talking about pregnancy/naming/parenting things with me.

Soon after he found out I was pregnant, as he was on his way out of the office one day he turned around and told me, "Oh! And don't forget that it's absolutely vital that you ONLY sleep on your left side!" His eyes were wide and his tone suggested that if he'd forgotten to tell me this, the consequences would have been dire.

I thought he was kidding, so I half-laughed, but he got a deadly-serious look on his face. "No, really, you HAVE TO sleep ONLY on your left side! You could cut off the baby's blood supply otherwise!"

I tried to keep a lighthearted tone and said "Well, y'know, if it was that important I'm sure my doctor would have mentioned it by now. I'm sure it won't kill me or anything."

But he kept insisting. Finally I dropped the good-natured act and was just like "Look, yes, there's a big artery on the right side and laying on your left side is the best for circulation, but laying some other way isn't going to make me have a miscarriage. Worst case, if my circulation is bad then it'll be really uncomfortable to lay any other way and I'll lay on my left side anyhow. But everything I've read has said that it's more important to sleep in a position that, y'know, allows you to sleep than to make sure you're only on your left side every moment of the night."

Then he got a little sheepish and was like, "Well, yeah, maybe..." and finally left.


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Apr. 20th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
dear lord - if he is like this about sleeping mothers to be i hate to see what he is doing to his wife and child...
Apr. 21st, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
This made me lol. I just don't get people.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I would have said 'Yeah dude, and wearing your hair like that puts pressure on the logic centre of you brain. you should really look into changing that.'
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