Pregnant and In Nursing School

  1. Hi, I have a friend who will be starting the second semester of a 4 semester ADN program with me in January. She just told me that she is pregnant and is due in June. She says she plans to take a semester off from school when the baby is born, but doesn't know if she can make it through the second semester being pregnant. Has anyone been in this situation ? Since I have never been in this situation, I am not sure what to say to her. I know that there are many nurses who work throughout their pregnancies, but would school be different? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   j&jmom
    Yes I had a baby during the middle of the semester of my third year in nursing. Everything went fine and the teachers worked with me. I now have two classes until graduation in May. I would not recommend taking a semester off, its too hard to go back just stick through its not impossible.
    ps I also had a 3 yr old at home
  4. by   donormom
    I got pregnant in my 3rd semester and was 7 months preg. when I graduated. I worked full time as an LPN also. Anything can be done with strong motivation and good family support.

    Be sure and follow your ob's orders. He may want you to slow down for any number of reasons.

    Karen
  5. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    One of the girls I went to school with got pregnant in our third year (of four years). She didn't take any time off. Luckily, her baby was due the first day of spring break, she had the week off, then came back to school. No time missed. I'm sure it was difficult for her & her boyfriend, but I don't think her marks have dropped at all, and she still seems to be producing the same quality work & assignments as before her baby. She said she didn't want to take a semester off because it would make going back that much harder.
  6. by   chromoflage
    I am a male nursing student in the Philippines and I am currently making a thesis with my groupmates in "continuation of nursing education for unwed pregnant nursing students." Yes, in here, unwed pregnant nursing students are advised to quit or expelled on the grounds of immorality.

    I am needing of everybody's help in finding a journal or an article I can cite written by somebody credible that mentions an actual unwed pregnant nursing student doing just as well as others.

    I need this so that I can submit a proposal to revise our school's sanction of making these students stop their nursing education.

    Thanks.
  7. by   TazziRN
    Yes, pregnant nursing students can manage very well, but only with support from home and school. She's going to need a lot of help when she's in clinicals because many babysitters and daycares just don't work the same hours nurses do. The school will have to be willing to work with her in terms of physical assistance during the second and especially the third trimesters. I wouldn't advise pregnancy during school, but it can be done.
  8. by   fultzymom
    I was pregnant while I was in school. Was difficult due to I had a lot of morning sickness but I made it through. Just made sure I had a lot of snacks because when I was hungry, I felt like getting sick. I also made sure to sit by the door just in case. I got really tired during clinicals et had to take a nap afterwards but it was ok.
  9. by   jy77
    Hi,

    I'm a senior student doing my associates degree in nursing. I will be graduating this year. I had 2 babies while in nursing school. I just gave birth to my second baby last month. Being pregnant should not hinder you from going to nursing school. You just have to really want both (your pregnancy and nursing) very badly. I actually was held back a year (the program was two years) because I failed a non-nursing subject . It was during my first pregnancy and I was on full credits (pre-reqs with nursing courses). We also just moved to our new house around that time so there were so many things going on that prevented me from focusing on nursing school.
    I had the first baby the first semester of my first year so I only missed 2 clinicals. I went back to school after 2 weeks of giving birth in both pregnancies. I never missed school due to morning sickness (even though I had it) because I was saving my absences. Both times I was taking the bus, subway to school and doing my clinicals up until I gave birth. I also had the time to be a summer nurse extern while I was in my second trimester. So my point is, can go to nursing shcool while pregnant, assuming that the pregnancy is normal and that her school and professors are supportive. Goodluck to your friend.
  10. by   Rach101
    A girl in my class got pregnant during her first year. She had her baby just after exams and took a full year off school to be with her baby. She told me she would do the same thing again- schoo can wait- make the most of your baby. The school was very flexible about her working clinicals during her 3rd trimester.
  11. by   justme1972
    Quote from chromoflage
    I am a male nursing student in the Philippines and I am currently making a thesis with my groupmates in "continuation of nursing education for unwed pregnant nursing students." Yes, in here, unwed pregnant nursing students are advised to quit or expelled on the grounds of immorality.

    I am needing of everybody's help in finding a journal or an article I can cite written by somebody credible that mentions an actual unwed pregnant nursing student doing just as well as others.

    I need this so that I can submit a proposal to revise our school's sanction of making these students stop their nursing education.

    Thanks.
    I don't have an example of one, but there is a not-for-profit organization called "Partners in Parenting" that promote children born within marriage. Statistics have shown that babies born to married couples are healthier, and have fewer problems. Most of the reasons are considered to be financial (you tend to have better health insurance, more financial resources, and have a partner for emotional support).

    The organization operates on grants from the State and the Federal Government.
  12. by   RunnerRN
    My girlfriend spent 3rd and 4th semesters pregnant and delivered 2 weeks after graduation. She did so great! I asked her what helped the most, and she said taking naps in her car when she could. Good luck!
  13. by   marilynmom
    Well I don't think this is an easy answer. A lot of it depends on *her* pregnancy...will she have nonstop morning sickness, other complications, etc? Everyone is different when pregnant and it is up to the mom-to-be to know what she can and can't handle.
  14. by   Agnus
    Quote from chromoflage
    I am a male nursing student in the Philippines and I am currently making a thesis with my groupmates in "continuation of nursing education for unwed pregnant nursing students." Yes, in here, unwed pregnant nursing students are advised to quit or expelled on the grounds of immorality.

    I am needing of everybody's help in finding a journal or an article I can cite written by somebody credible that mentions an actual unwed pregnant nursing student doing just as well as others.

    I need this so that I can submit a proposal to revise our school's sanction of making these students stop their nursing education.

    Thanks.
    Since the policy is based on what your school and probably society in the Philippines considers moral vs immoral I doubt an arguement that says she can do just as well will be sufficient to change the rule. The rule says she is immoral not that she can not make it though school.

    I respectfully believe you need to aproach this from a sociological perspective and show how this is not immoral or setting a bad example for patients.

    Since I assume the Philipines is a largely Catholic nation (??) I would use examples within that faith to demonstrate that such woman are indeed moral and responsible. If you are dealing with a CAtholic Nursing school all I can say is good luck. Again research and find catholic schools that do not condem a woman simply because she became pregnant while still single.

    If it is truly an argument about wether she can make it though school examples are so common in school within the US and western europe that it has been largly unessary in receint years to research or publish the feasablility of a single parent completing school. Thousands are simply living proof.
    If this is the case try to find articles about working or student single parents. However, since I suspect that it is as you said a moral issue then a feasability argument is not likely to prevail.

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