Quote from lovethechaos
i graduate in december, i really want to start in the ed, and i really want to start a family. i know, they don't seem to fit, do they? i will be precepting in the ed during my last semester at the hospital i will be working at and they have a 6 month orientation program for new grads. it's a really supportive atmosphere but i'm wondering if i should even be thinking about getting pregnant my first year? my husband is 32, i'm 25, and we are both ready for a baby. my main concern is being stressed out while pregnant. i don't want the baby to be affected adversely from this, but then i figure that i'm probably going to be stressed out no matter where i start. i just need some sound advice from your perspective. thanks.
i've never been pregnant, so i'm only speaking for what i've observed at work. i work with a nurse (she's about 24-25 now) who was pregnant last year with her first child. she had worked in our dept for about a year and worked through her whole pregnancy. she did fine-there were a couple days when she didn't drink enough water or got pukey and had to go home, but other than that she seemed to manage well. she's actually pregnant again (about 14 weeks now) and is doing well again.
[color=#483d8b]otoh, i also work with a nurse who just came back from maternity leave. she had many problems; htn, severe swelling, exhaustion. she worked through her whole pregnancy as well but i know she had a difficult time.
[color=#483d8b]one of my good friends who works mom/baby just went back to work last month. she finished school last may and b/c of preeclampsia and previa had to go on leave a couple months early.
[color=#483d8b]so, i think it depends on each person; how you handle stress and the type of pregnancy you'll have. having previa and preeclampsia would be hard no matter where you work or how experienced you are. just be aware that er's are fast-paced, you're on your feet alot, and often don't have time for breaks (i.e. keep water nearby!). maybe give yourself time to let your body get accustomed to the er environment and the demands it puts on you before you get pregnant. then when you do get pregnant, you'll be able to focus on adjusting to the pregnancy without having to adjust to work as well.