I'm just curious who has or is currently experiencing being pregnant while in nursing school
. I am awaiting placement into a nursing program, either a 16-month accelerated RN program or the traditional 24-month, hoping to start in January. My husband and I have an itch to start making babies (we want 3 or 4) although we know it would be much "easier" to wait until I finish school. I work in a hospital as an ER tech and I've spoken with many nurses who have had young children while going through the program, and they've told me how tough it is but that if you're determined and focused, it CAN be done. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
Sep 2, '06
Honestly, having been through 2 pregnancies, I can't imagine doing that. First trimester is very exhausting. You have NO energy even if you are blessed not to have morning sickness. I have worked with people who were pregnant and literally fell asleep at their desks. When I was pregnant I was not working but I used to go to bed at 7PM and that's after taking a nap after lunch.
If you do have morning sickness, smells will make you vomit-- not just in the morning-- and I imagine that with nursing you will be dealing with a lot of smells and icky stuff. (When I was pregnant with my second I vomited alongside a mother giving birth! I was a doula at the time. That was embarassing!)
You never know about how the pregnancy will go, either. Most likely it will be a healthy pregnancy but it could be that you will have problems: pre-e sneaks up on women who were previously healthy, for example. My second baby was hard. I had preterm labor starting at 23 weeks and was put on full bedrest until 35 weeks. I had to drop out of life basically.
I just would hesitate because if you have problems in the pregnancy you will have to put everything else on hold.
Last edit by AmericanChai on Sep 2, '06