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Just Started School & Pregnant

I just started an LPN program last week and found out (unexpectedly) that I am pregnant with my 4th child! I know I can make it through the program because I WANT to. My question is do I have to notify the school? Or is it not really that important? I haven't even had my first OB visit yet... I am nervous that they may suggest I take time off. They can't force me, right? I really am uneasy about everyone finding out.

i'm not really sure. i would let them know, just in case. it will be hard to attend your classes when you are 8 months pregnant, no? i don't think they can force you to do anything you don't want to, but i'd tell them, just to give them a heads up. they may be able to work with you.

good luck!

Someone I knew had to bring a Dr's note to the DON every 2 weeks for clearance.

Hey! Congratulations! In my RN program the pregnant students have to bring a medical release from their OB so school will not be held reliable. They cannot keep you from school! As long as you follow their rules!

Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN

Has 41 years experience.

I had several pregnant students and they did very well. One student hid her pregnancy, as an instructor I wish I knew earlier since I would have lightened her assignment. It can be done, and congrads.

akanini, MSN, RN

Has 12 years experience.

I would say hide it for as long as possible....You will need some kind of medical clearance definitely but it's not an urgency to inform them so soon.

MrsBradyMom

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in LTC, Psych.

Congratulations! You CAN do this. I worked two jobs with two of my pregnancies and went into labor at the end of my shift both times (waitress). Due to financial issues, I took 1 week off work and went right back. Now, of course they were vaginal, uncomplicated pregnancies & deliveries. It is possible to reach your goal!!

You will probably need a Dr's. note the further along you get. I don't believe they can kick you out, but I would still withhold this info until about month 3.

Good luck!

Congratulations! You CAN do this. I worked two jobs with two of my pregnancies and went into labor at the end of my shift both times (waitress). Due to financial issues, I took 1 week off work and went right back. Now, of course they were vaginal, uncomplicated pregnancies & deliveries. It is possible to reach your goal!!

You will probably need a Dr's. note the further along you get. I don't believe they can kick you out, but I would still withhold this info until about month 3.

Good luck!

Wow, that's amazing. :yeah:

TAB_RN

Specializes in Cardiac Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Med.

I would let them know, to be sure you are not put in a position to be exposed to medications/illnesses that would put your baby/pregnancy at risk. You will be doing clinical work in hospitals and can be exposed to things you really shouldn't be exposed to. They cannot ask you to leave school because you are pregnant. Good luck to you!

ChristineN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg.

I would let them know, especially if there's any chance you could be taking care of pt's with CMV, Chemo (even if you aren't giving it, it's still in their body fluids), or cat scratch fever.

NurseJackson

Specializes in Pediatrics.

Star 33...CONGRATS!!! You shouldn't have to shout it to everyone that your pregnant...its your business, but like some of the other have suggested you may want to let your clinical instructors know. One of my classmates during our first semester of nursing school was pregnant. Just her luck she was planning to have her baby at the site we had. She delivered one day and two days later walked down from her cozy hospital bed on the 3rd floor and did clinical for 4 hours on the 2nd then was forced to leave by our instructor who was COMPLETELY supportive. No reprimanding or extra work! Hope it works out for you!

I was pregnant through my first semester of school. Due during exam week. Just delivered my son 2 weeks ago.

I told my professors up front as an FYI. Since this was my second child and I had a great pregancy and delivery with my first, I explained to them that I did not expect any problems with this pregnancy. I NEVER used my pregnancy as an excuse for them to go easy on me. I worked my A$$ off to show them I was very serious about the program. I did 8 hour clinicals throughout my third trimester. All of my professors were supportive, the only concession they made was when to take my final exams, which I scheduled after my son was delivered. OH, and I never had to get a medical clearance from my Dr. I guess every school is different.

Frankly, I think your professors would appreciate you being up front about your pregnancy. If you demonstrate that you are dedicated to the program, I think they would be supportive.

My two cents.

We just had a girl deliver from our class this semester. She came into the program showing and worked her butt off. We had two different clinical groups in class. They helped her by letting her double-up on her clinicals (attend both groups) during her pregnancy so that she would be mostly done two weeks before she was due! It was actually extra work for her, but she pulled it off and the day after her LAST clinical we all got a text in the middle of the night 'It's Time!'. THe only thing she had to reschedule was an exam. In addition to what everyone else here says about protecting yourself, making sure you're healthy and keeping your baby healthy, scheduling is something I would ask if they could help you with. You can absolutely do this. Mazel Tov and congrats!

BabyLady, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, Post-partum.

Yes, you need to notify the school b/c in an LPN program, the instructors need to know because you shouldn't be in the same room as patient's with certain infectious diseases and you shouldn't touch certain medications.

What you do need to discuss with them is your options of making up clinical if you are out on maternity leave. The instructors cannot permit you to do clinicals until you have a 100% release from your physician and most physicians won't "write you out" for less than 4 weeks. The facility will most likely have a similar policy. You can, however, attend classes.

PS: I personally find it very terrifying that any school would not require a medical clearance. Never heard of that.

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