"How're your lady parts?" Help me fend off TMI questions from colleagues
October 22, 2013 3:52 PM Subscribe
I’m returning from maternity leave next month and I’m already fearing the questions from coworkers about my labor and delivery.
posted by juliagulia to work & money (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
While I was pregnant, multiple times per day, my colleagues asked me questions about my pregnancy, so I can’t see why labor/delivery would be any different. I don’t want to give them too much information (or rather ANY information) because we’re in a professional setting. My superiors don’t ever discuss such things (one of the big reasons I don't want to talk about my personal life at the office), but I often got roped into pregnancy conversations near their offices by well-meaning colleagues. Further, my story is not exactly pleasant, and I can’t really see how I would explain any of it without implying all the gory details.
On the other hand, and this is the important part, I like all of my colleagues a lot and consider some of them friends. I worry about alienating them by giving a cold response that I don’t want to get into the details. I absolutely don’t want to be too closed with them because my feeling is that people become closer by sharing a little bit about themselves (yes, even though it’s really none of their business).
So I come to you, mefites... any suggestions for clever, lighthearted responses to the inevitable questions about labor, epidurals, c-section vs. vaginal, etc., etc.? In particular, I’m looking for responses to direct questions (“so did you end up getting the epidural?”; “so did you end up having a c-section?”; etc.) because there will be direct questions.