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- Aug 8, '12 by dancingostrichI totally understand where you are coming from. I just had a baby 3 weeks ago. We planned it so she would be born in the summer when I wasn't in school. I was doing my prereqs and working as a cna while I was pregnant. If I was in the lpn program at the time, I probably would have been in a heap of trouble because I had to go on modified bed rest in may. I had a great first pregnancy and my second one was issue after issue, including a rare labor complication that landed me in the or with 4 blood transfusions. I can't lift more than 10 pounds for 8 weeks. So I start lpn school 6 weeks in. my mom makes fun of me that I can't lift my books I need every day. You just never know what can happen. I know that you will do what you feel is best for your family. But pregnancy can complicate even the easiest things.Also think if you are going to breast feed. Are you going to want to pump while you are gone so much? Will you want to be asking someone at every new clinical site where you can be alone? Something to think about.
- Aug 8, '12 by mallorygdancingostrich,
That's why I'm thinking we should wait to get pregnant til the very end of school. Yes I do plan on breastfeeding for as long as possible. I only breastfed my daughter up until she was 1 month do to some problems. I guess my husband and I need to sit down and talk again and decide.
- Aug 8, '12 by LeeLeeTheGPNDo whatever you feel is best for you, but like most of the responders have said, you may not want to go through a pregnancy while in school. You may not have experienced complications with your first child, but your next pregnancy may be totally different. You may have all types of unforeseen circumstances. Life has a tendency to throw you curveballs. I think 'stupid' was a really wrong choice of words from the first responder ...
- Aug 9, '12 by rlockdTo be honest, I would wait. I just finished nursing school and just passed my boards as of monday. I had a child that got burnt right before starting nursing school. I had a hard time keeping up with school having to go to appointments and stuff. Plus, i know it would be harder to find a job if your still pregnant once you are finished and liscenced. I would say wait until you have started your nursing caree it would be better for you and your family. IT will put more stress on you then you need at this time. Give it a year and then try. Its not stupid for you to want another one. Just dont put yourself through more worries if you dont have too.
- Aug 9, '12 by mallorygI plan on getting my RN online after finishing LPN school, so I'm going to be in school a while either way. I would rather have another child before starting a new job rather than starting a job then finding out I'm pregnant and having to ask for maternity leave within the 1st year of starting.
- Aug 9, '12 by nekozukiI strongly advise against it. Why? Well, besides the obvious answers (potential complications, morning sickness, stress, physical demands), your motivation is "convenient timing" and "wanna have another baby." An additional semester delay for the sake of safety and sanity should not be trumped by instant gratification. I know it isn't what you want to hear, but such is the nature of AN discourse.
Good luck to you in your nursing program, pregnancy or not!
- Aug 9, '12 by I♥ScrubsQuote from mallorygIt seems you have already made up your mind. You have many people here telling you their opinions and you don't seem to be "taking it in". You asked for everyone's opinions and most of them have been do it if you really want it, but everyone seems to be advising against it for various reasons. It will most definitely be hard. I just graduated from a state college with a 3.9 GPA with an associates degree in an unrelated major, and I know nursing school is going to be 10x harder...mostly because of the workload you will have. If you were part time school it would be easier, but it will be really hard and put a lot of added stress to you and the rest of your family. What if there was a complication and the baby was born premature, or what if something else happened and you were hospitalized? You have to make sure you weigh the pros and the cons as well to make a good decision and be ready for whatever may happen. Good luck.I plan on getting my RN online after finishing LPN school, so I'm going to be in school a while either way. I would rather have another child before starting a new job rather than starting a job then finding out I'm pregnant and having to ask for maternity leave within the 1st year of starting.
- Aug 9, '12 by MedChicaAs Chris Rock said, 'I can probably drive by steering a car with my foot, that doesn't make it a good idea...'
Just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should....
A classmate didn't have a problem with her first, either. She did with the second, though...and missed 2-3 months on bedrest.
With that said: Do whatever you want. I just hope that you're not the type to get all bent out of shape when - yes, WHEN - the school and the instructors (most likely) don't want to work around your schedule.
You think they give a pooh about about you being pregnant...and that's why you're late...why you'll be out for a week...why you missed clinicals and are begging to make it up on Saturday?
"No makeups? Well - can you make an exception? I'm gonna fail. I need this. It's not fair. I'm...PREGNANT!"
You're late to lecture? You get a 'talking-to' and possibly point offs.
10 minutes late for clinicals? 10 points off your daily grade. 30 minutes late for clinicals? 50 points off your daily grade.
You're 10 minutes late and missed the quiz? Sorry - it's a ZERO.
You're ridiculously late for the test? Well - sorry you can't come in. You can make it up with a 20 question 'fill in the' blank' test and 10 points off will be deducted.
You missed clinicals? Sorry, it a zero and you'd better not miss another one...or it's gonna suck to be you becuase you're going to fail.
You can tune this out as you tuned out the first poster because what I'm telling you isn't sunshine and roses, either. Because it's not what you want to hear.
The responses on the thread are on par. To plan a pregnancy that coincides with nursing school isn't smart...because it doesnt make sense to choose a rougher path - it doesn't make sense to ADD a hardship - where none has to exist.
And you need to be told this.
You say that your program is 15 months in length? Oh, honey....
I don't care how into school you are, you'll be screaming to get out of that crap at the end.
You're going to throw a pregnancy on top of that, too?
Well, do what you want - but you need to listen to people in here. That means everyone. Doesn't matter who does/not have children.
There are people in here who've done nursing school. There are people in here that are presently in nursing school. You haven't.
When I speak to those who've traveled the road that I'm considering? I listen. I don't dismiss the experienced.
You aren't even in school. You have not experienced. All the more reason why you should listen to the people who have.
People in here know what they're talking about.
But it's your life. Do what you want.
- Aug 9, '12 by hiddencatRNPeople do it. Pregnancies happen and and folks still manage to do what needs to be done....or they slow down their schooling and take some time off. I think you need to ask yourself is if this pregnancy turns out to be difficult, will you be ok taking time off from school or will you wish you'd waited to get pregnant again? And, if you wait and then aren't able to get pregnant again, will you regret not getting pregnant while in school?
In the end, it really depends on your priorities. Family planning is SO personal and what makes sense for you might be the absolute wrong decision for someone else.
Personally, I didn't think nursing school was the hardest thing ever. It was challenging, and having a baby wouldn't have worked during my accelerated program, but I think it would have been manageable under regular speed. People like to act like nursing school is the end of the world but many of us manage to make it through just fine.
- Aug 9, '12 by mallorygImight not have been in nursing school before but I have been in college. I graduated 9 months pregnant and made A's and B's in my classes. I only took the summer off, and then went back to school full time while working part time. If you read correctly, when I replied to the 1st person's post, I asked for people who have been through this before to give me advice and tell me how it was for them. I don't need anyone's judgement.