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Anyone Pregnant their FIRST YEAR of Nursing? Help

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by gelousstudent gelousstudent (Member) Member

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I am graduating in JUNE and I am feelng the pressure to have children due to my age and health. BUT, I have also heard being pregnant that first year of nursing can be a SUPER challenge . .. .Anyone here do it being pregnant and just starting your career as a nurse? If so how is it going? Any advice? I dont' have a family or many friends to offer sound advice and I love to hear from other NEW grads.:nurse::nurse:

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Well, I had a baby in 2007 dec. during a Christmas break, and i chose to return to finish my practicum (my last sem. ) along with an online, elective course, and a course to accompany my practicum (im from canada). so yeah, i went back to school when my baby was abt 2 weeks old, nursed my baby, and used the pump at the hospital while i was away ( thankfully i was placed on the combined care unit, so my preceptor was understanding, and also, i had my baby on the same floor with my preceptor being my nurse for 1 day..cool eh.) well so i finished my 4 months, my dear husband actually went on the parental leave, and took care of my baby while i finished my last semester successully. I was a new mum and my parents couldnt be with me due to their needed job out of the country. Anyways, i graduated last year, wrote my exam , but wasnt successful, as by baby grew older and i had more responsibilities, didnt have quality time to study. well, i have passed my exam now, and looking for a job, but i find it hard to leave my baby at the baby sitter. She is only 15 months, and is very much attached to me. But if you have support at home, some one who could take care of your baby while you are gone then i think you can do it. you can even continue to breastfeed while you are working. I am still nursing my baby..lol..and dont have plans to stop any time soon. :)

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mama_d has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in tele, oncology.

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I don't know if this counts or not, but I started my LPN program when my oldest was six weeks old. It was hard, but I managed.

With baby #2, I got the positive test result two weeks into the semester while I was doing pre-reqs for the bridge program. I managed to do 14 hours at school and work 48 hrs a week for that whole semester. I did decide that this time around, I wasn't going to miss out on him being a baby, so I put further school on hold for a while. I just work 48-60 hrs a week instead. Silly, huh?

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I am sure it will be hard, but you can do anything if you set your mind to it! I had a baby last May, and graduated from nursing school in August, all while working a full time and a part time job. It can be done!! Just make sure you know what your benefits are or what the hospital offers for maternity leave (many places won't hold your job or give you the 12 weeks if you haven't been there for one full year...at least in my state). Good luck!!!! And it is ALL worth it! :redpinkhe

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I had a baby Feb 13th and went back to ICU clinical 5 days later and successfully completed that and am into my management class and graduating in 5 weeks! Like everyone else said, it can be done and theres nothing like having kids! Thats my opinion anyway lol :-)

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