You could say that I may have been a little inspired while going through my Labor and Delivery / Pediatric clinicals.
Trust me, I was not the only one in my cohort who may or may not have been all that inspired to not only tackle nursing school, but to start a family. Being a second-degree student, many of us are slightly older and seasoned than our traditional nursing degree counterparts. Some of us have “timelines” in our heads, if you will. I had a number of goals during the year 2011, and high on my list was also starting a family.
Much to my delight, I found out that I was indeed pregnant about halfway through the program. Thankfully the program only lasts 12 months! Lucky me, I found out that another one of my friends in the program was as crazy as I was and happened to be about four weeks ahead of me in the pregnancy department.
It was great to have a partner in crime and not be the only one getting the side eyed stares, or the “is she crazy to get pregnant during nursing school!” looks.
I decided to write this post as I think there are others out there who, like me, want to do it all. You want to go to nursing school. You want to start family. I say, go for it! Maybe not everyone is going to support your decision, and maybe you will get some flack from some people, but in the end, you have to do what is right for you.
How did I manage to be pregnant during the program and succeed?
Well, I took it one day at a time. I leaned on those closest to me. I was kind to myself. In all honesty, I really did not change one thing about my routine other than trying to go to bed earlier. I had made it through the program successfully during the first six months, so I thought I would just keep on keeping on. Yes, there were days I was tired. There were days I did not want to help a patient to the bedside commode for fear of being sick to my stomach.
But everyday was an opportunity to help someone and learn something new. Being pregnant actually was a great conversation starter for many people and put them at ease with me when it came to patient relations.
When I graduated the program, I was seven months pregnant. I made sure to take the NCLEX exam ASAP so that I could be licensed prior to my delivery date. Everything was “full speed ahead.” I think when there are deadlines in life, it helps to motivate and make decisions. In my opinion, I made some great decisions and met all of my life goals for the year. Long story short, only you know what is right for you and what you can manage.
Do what feels right and follow your heart.