I'm just asking because I'm getting a little anxious. Although I'm not showing, and my schedule isn't going to be that rigorous...the anxiety is still there. How did you all keep it together?
Jul 16, '02
I didn't but I've known a number of girls who did. One was in my Global Economics class a couple of springs ago. In the middle of the semester, she delivered on a tuesday and was in class on Saturday morning. She also happened to be in her second semester of clinicals. So, it can be done. Especially if the little one is still going to be along for the ride during the whole semester this fall for you.
Have faith in yourself. You want this badly enough, I know.
You can do it.
Jul 16, '02
First of all - CONGRATULATIONS!
I've known lots of girls that were pregnant during school. They did fine, took a semester off, and graduated just one semester behind us. I don't think it held any of them up. They were tired, most of them said that if they weren't at school, or studying, they were asleep!
About a year ago, we had a group of students on the floor. One of them looks SUPER familar to me, and after her catching me looking at her a few times, she reminds me that I was her nurse LAST WEEK! I think that's a little bizarre! You need time off, if not to heal and relax yourself, how about bonding with your baby?
Just remember to get frequent rest periods, keep well hydrated, and know the warning signs of premature labor. And make sure to talk over your activity plans with you MD or widwife.
Jul 16, '02
I had an unplanned pregnancy in my second year of training. At the time, I had to ask permission of the DON of the nursing school to marry my fiance earlier than planned. Lucky for me, she agreed and granted me one additional day off with the weekend to do so. (pretty gracious). My son was due the first part of June, but I delivered the third week in April. I returned to school after 6 weeks.
My regrets - not looking after myself better at the time. My son was healthy, but perhaps his prematurity was a result of my working to hard, pressures, etc. I should have taken more time off school after he was born.
My advice to you, is..... have a great pregnancy. Enjoy it - it is a fascinating time in your life. Make sure you take care of yourself and your baby.
Having a baby during your training is very hard work, but it can be done. Good luck! My son is now 24, and the apple of his mamma's eye. I love him to bits.
Jul 16, '02
My friend and study buddy is due in September and we are starting our senior year in August. She will come to school in August then once she has the baby she will take about 2-3 weeks off and then come back into the semester. She was really,really sick the first few months of the pregnancy which was back in Jan, Feb, and March and I told her, a nursing instructor told her and the dean told her to take a break but she was so determined to get through and make it that she did just that.
Do what you feel is best for you. Some people can make it through while others need to take a break. I know one girl that took a break for a year. She was to graduate this May (02) but she will graduate Next May (03) with my class but she said the unexpected break was definitely worth it. She had plan on coming back after the birth of her baby but it just did not work out that way.
Jul 17, '02
You are your own best guide. If you believe you can, you will! Do what you feel you can handle and best of luck to you.
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