Are You Pregnant?

“No I am not pregnant!”

One of the unwritten laws of the universe is never to mistakenly ask a woman if she is pregnant.  I learned this lesson early in my career as a pediatrician.  

It can take many months or years for some mothers to lose their “baby weight” after giving birth.  One mother, after I asked her the third time, made me write it on her son’s chart.  This was back in the old days when we had paper charts.  In bold letters, she instructed me to write, “MRS. S. IS NOT PREGNANT.”

Some twenty-five years later before I retired, she came to my office and we shared a good laugh about this.