Being a college student can be stressful, but not as stressful as being a pregnant college student. Challenges are sure to come, but there are ways to stay on track for yourself and for your baby.
As we all know college and college courses can be a test of your time management skills. Plan your schedule so that your days are mostly relaxed rather than stressful. Be sure to choose the class times that best accommodate you and your baby. You should factor in symptoms like morning sickness, fatigue, and hunger. If you think these symptoms will affect you getting to class and working effectively, consider taking afternoon classes. Remember to space your classes out so that you have adequate time to empty your bladder as your baby may constantly push against it, and time for snacking to keep your energy up during the day.
If you expect or anticipate having a difficult pregnancy, with even more difficult symptoms, consider taking online classes. There is nothing wrong with not physically being in the classroom. Online classes tend to be more flexible and allows you to better handle your symptoms at home.
“Communicating with people at your school is really important. Your teachers, your advisor, and your school’s administration can be allies for you if you let them.”
When talking to your advisor, clearly state that you are pregnant, and what your plans are during your pregnancy to ensure that you are successful in your college career. If you have not yet made any plans, consult with your advisor to make certain that he or she can help you formulate your plan and your schedule around your due date. When speaking with your professors, specifically explain your circumstances. It is okay to ask for help. *Remember Title IX prevents and protects pregnant students from discrimination. Talk to an administrator if you have not received the help you need.
Self-Maintenance & Diet
When navigating your way through college, it is important that you take care of yourself to guarantee the health of your baby. Try not to carry heavy things such as a full backpack, a laptop, or supplies. Instead invest in a rolling backpack that can lessen the weight you carry on a daily basis. Ask your doctor about the best foods for you and your baby. Make the foods that you prepare as snacks healthy. It is recommended that pregnant women eat dairy products, leafy greens, and lean meats, along with fruits and vegetables.
While it can be difficult to be successful in college while pregnant, it can be done. However, if you can, establish a strong support system. “To thrive, you’ll need people you can turn to for guidance, counseling and support, and having them physically nearby is always a bonus. For some people, family and friends can fill this role, in part or in whole. Others find a church or community organization offers a loving environment along with a network of encouraging, helpful people.”
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2. “How to Deal with an Unplanned Pregnancy While in College.” Sira, https://siragainesville.com/how-to-deal-with-an-unplanned-pregnancy-while-in-college/. Accessed February 27, 2020.