China Elevator Stories

“Sharing The Same Room”

A doctor in Shenzhen tells me of the three things I have to avoid during pregnancy.


Ruth Silbermayr
Ruth Silbermayr


After seeing the results of my positive pregnancy test, the doctor in the hospital in Shenzhen I’m going to tells me we need to monitor the progress.

She then tells me: “There are three things you need to avoid — ‘Lifting heavy things, falling down and sharing the same room’.”
I ask her: “I’m sorry?”
“You can’t sleep with your husband. You may have different ideas about this in the West, but we are quite strict about this here in China.”

Have you ever had a doctor tell you this?

Explanation: 同房, “same room”, is a Chinese euphemism for “having sex”.

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