PREGNANT while in nursing school?? - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   ar12345

    I just found out i am 5 weeks pregnant which means I am due June 14th a month before I start an intensive 18 month program.

    Can it be done?
  2. by   blt99
    Everyone in my group that has gotten pregnant has deferred their acceptance, dropped out, been forced to hold back a semester, or had to "pick a different route". Main reason was absences, we are only allowed 1 and being pregnant is not conducive to that routine. Plus I can't imagine being on your feet for a 12 hour shift being pregnant, ouch the back pain!
    It's a serious thing to decide. If it were me, I would wait 2 years to have kids. Nursing school is hard enough as it is.
  3. by   JuniorsMommyLPN
    I had my daughter less than 1 month after graduation. I planned it that way, but I paid for it I knew I would be exhausted (I had a 4 year old too). I knew I would be hot, nauseated, sleeping a lot and smelling weird things in the hospital. I could deal with all that just fine. Unfortunatly, I ended up having gestational hypertension (thought to be r/t stress... imagine that!) and was considered a "high risk OB Pt"; I had to have fetal monitoring 2x a week, interuppting my last clinical rotation. LUCKILY, I had only 1 absence prior to this situation, so I was able to slide by, but the OB team wanted me to stop attending clinical/school, because the stress level was too high. I was terrified of the thought of harming my baby I had wanted so bad, and/or risking falling behind in my last semester, down to weeks from graduation. Anyhow, she is 6 months old now! I passed my NCLEX when she was 4 months old I am now enrolled in a RN Bridge program. It's doable, but I never expected the hypertension! Best wishes to all who want to fulfill their dreams!
  4. by   FDW630
    Two years is a very small amount of time in your life...I would wait until you graduate. Everyone has offered up great reasons! Pregnancy is so unpredictable. You can be upbeat going into it, convinced that you can do both no problem, and then get hit with a high risk dx or something else out of your control, and have to quit school. Starting again after you have quit for a baby is SO hard. Tough out the next two years, pass your NCLEX and get a good job. Get where you want to be in one place first, then start having kids. It is much less stressful that way!
  5. by   RubySlippers06
    I agree with waiting to become pregnant. If this is your first, you don't know how your body will react to being pregnant. When I got pregnant with my first, I was extremely healthy and active. I was also just starting cosmetology school (nursing is a second career). At 23 weeks my body decided it didn't like being pregnant and I started to go into labor. Luckily, they were able to stop my labor and I delivered at 37 weeks. Between 23 and 37 weeks, my doctor had to give me medication twice to stop labor. At 37 weeks, the hospital tried stoping it but only managed to slow it down. I delivered via c-section that day.

    I can't imagine going through that while in nursing school! I was on bed rest for almost the entire time after 23 weeks. I would of had to drop out of the program and deal with repercussions. Luckily, I was only in cosmetology school and they work off clock hours so I could take leave. Why make your life more stressful than need be?
  6. by   CP2013
    Just think of it this way. You get pregnant, you have troubles with your pregnancy, your school doesn't want to work with you, an you've taken up a spot that could have been used for a student who wants this more than anything, even long enough to put off having a family.

    So you've delayed yourself AND another student from finishing nursing school. If having a family is your priority, there is nothing wrong with that. If nursing school is the priority, then focus on that. We all have to make choices and prioritize. In life and in nursing school.

    Try focusing on one thing at a time, then go on to the next. If you have 2-3 years to wait before nursing school, then you have time to have a baby. If you are having fertility issues, then focus on that first then put off nursing school.
  7. by   Stephalump
    Op asked this in 2006. Lets hope she's graduated AND procreated by now.

    To the person who bumped this thread (don't remember your username, sorry):

    It an be done. People have done it before you and they'll do it after you. Many have struggled and dropped/failed as well. I would think long and hard about your priorities. I deferred my application to NS last year because I found out I was pregnant and I didn't want to juggle a new baby and NS. Could I have done it? Probably, with a lot of help. But I wanted to enjoy my baby and be here for him in his early days, not hand him off to someone else. That year flew by quickly and now I'm in NS and I'm SO glad I waited.

    Good luck with your choice and your pregnancy. Either way optic go. I'm sure things will work out in the end
  8. by   RubySlippers06
    HA! I did not even look at the date. Thank you for pointing that out Stephalump.
  9. by   FDW630
    Oh, missed that as well! Woops. Never looked at the date.
  10. by   CP2013
    Haha. Keeps things interesting when we don't notice the date. Hopefully she's gone on to do amazing things!
  11. by   Esme12
    Quote from ar12345

    I just found out i am 5 weeks pregnant which means I am due June 14th a month before I start an intensive 18 month program.

    Can it be done?
    This thread was resurrected by this poster she has just found out she is pregnant.