I was a photography student while pregnant with my daughter. I went to a company called Lab Safety (www.labsafety.com)
and gave them the list of chemicals I would be working with and they told me what equipment would protect me from them. I ended up wearing nitrile gloves, a respirator, goggles and a full chemical coat whenI was in the darkroom. I even dedicated a pair of sweatpants and old sneakers to that work so I would not track any chemicals into my car or home. My daughter is a healthy 5 y/o. I did not know which of the chemicals had a chance to cause problems, I just protected from them all. I also did not go into the darkrooms at all during the first trimester.
Talk to your professor about which chemicals you will be using and report them to your ob. Most schools ask you to report when you are pregnant anyway, and should have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on file of what the classes use anyway. Perhaps anything that is a potential threat you can be excused from the lab.
There is also a great program called ChemLab, a virtual chemistry lab, that I used in my online chem class, that perhaps you can introduce your professor to. She/he can put the experiment into the program (or select a similar one) for you to do virtually, thereby giving you zero exposure. http://modelscience.com/
If you end up dropping, but don't want to lose forward progress in pre-reqs, see if they will accept the online class. www.iowacconline.com
THe prof is Dr. Klepper. hope this helps.
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Is it safe for a pregnant nursing student to be in a chemistry lab for extended periods??? Will the experiments of mixing and burning chemicals harm the development of the fetus? I guess it would depend on what the chemicals are, right? Please excuse me if this is a stupid question, as I know we inhale numerous foreign substances every day... but I would very much like to know from a professional.