Teacher Pregnancy Thread!

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

LoveAndLaughter:  First off–congratulations!! That’s awesome!

This is a great idea for a thread!

Roll Call!

Expected Due Date: March 27, 2015

Position in School: Adjunct instructor at a university

Years Teaching: 3 I think…on my 6th year if I also include TAing!

Other duties in school: None at the school I adjunct at, but a the school where I am finishing my PhD I also have some research students who I supevise. I’m also a program chair for an upcoming conference.

After telling your SO, who did you tell first, when, and how: my mom….my exact words were “don’t get too excited yet, but I’m pregnant again…” I had a miscarrige in early May, so I’ve been very tentative in general with this pregnancy.

When did you/do you think you’ll be telling your principal/supervisor: I told my PhD advisor when I was about 8-9 weeks (she knew about the miscarriage, and I was really sick–told her earlier than I planned on.) I might not tell my teaching supervisor until he contacts me about the spring semester (I’m contracted on a semester by semester basis)–but will maybe let him know sometime around 20 weeks.

And for fun, what is your favorite part about fall: I looooove fall! Changing leaves, cooler weather, start of all the best holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas!), pumpkin picking, etc. etc. etc. Fall-winter are my favorite seasons!

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Post # 3
3242 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was JUST looking this up! There doesn’t seem to be a lot about it. I’m not a teacher but a speech therapist in the schools. DH and I were going to wait until later this year to continue to TTC to time it better with maternity leave and summer vacation, but now I’m leaning toward just trying and seeing what happens! Surely some teachers have babies during the school year, right? Did you ladies plan the timing?

Post # 5
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

hollyberry4:  I totally understand wanting to time things…but on the other hand, you never know how long it will take you to get pregnant. My timing actually isn’t the best because 1) it’s in the middle of a semester so I just flat out can’t teach at all that semester (though I might be able to TA) and 2) I’m sort of on the job market this year, and I’m due around when a lot of the interviews would be–oops; 3) I’m due in March and should be finishing my dissertation around May or so.

But honestly, I don’t mind. My advisor wasn’t totally thrilled with me. After my MC, I realized even more than this was 100% my priority, and everything else could work around it!

This is just one way of looking at it though, I’m sure people have different opinions.

Post # 6
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

LoveAndLaughter:  Thanks so much! I’m almost positive they will offer me a contract, and I’ll explain to him about the pregnancy and also let him know that I’d like to keep the lines of communication open for potentially coming back next fall, in case I don’t have a full time job by then…very much a possibility since there still are not a ton of openings in general and I am locationally bound.

Post # 8
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

LoveAndLaughter:  Yes, hoping to stay at the collegiate level. I’m getting my PhD in social psychology, and am looking for a teaching-centric (less research focused) position….totally open to small liberal arts schools, state schools, community colleges, etc., so hopefully that will help. For college/university jobs, some of the application deadlines for jobs starting next August are already in September! It’s crazy how in advance it is, but it makes sense I guess for a lot of different reasons. Depending on the type of institution, interviews for next year positions can be anywhere from October through July!

Post # 10
27 posts

Yay! I love this idea, I’m in!

Expected Due Date: December 1st, it’s a boy!

Position in School: Art Teacher (high school)

Years Teaching: Going into my 7th year 

Other duties in school: Art Club Advisor

After telling your SO, who did you tell first, when, and how: I told a close friend through email within a couple days of our first positive test because I just couldn’t believe it happened so fast (we got pregnant on the 2nd try!) and needed to process my thoughts with someone besides my husband. Then I told another Art teacher in my department that I’m close to because I wanted her advice on how to approach things at school like telling my principal. I think she was more excited than me! I was probably in shock my whole first trimester. We told our parents over Easter using cards that said Grandma/Grandpa in them- it was really fun to tell them. 

When did you/do you think you’ll be telling your principal/supervisor: I had my first positive test at the end of March and didn’t tell my principal or the rest of my department until the end of May. I wanted to let them all know before the end of the school year so that they had a heads-up about needing a long-term sub for my position well in advance, and so they weren’t caught off guard when school started up again in September and I was showing a bump. 

And for fun, what is your favorite part about fall: Usually my favorite thing about fall is all the fun outdoor activities like going to an apple orchard, pumpkin picking, hay rides, bonfires, etc. But this year I just can’t wait for COOL weather! I’ve been so hot all summer (thanks to the little furnace inside me!) and am excited to remember what it’s like to be cold!

Post # 11
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m a high school English teacher going into my 14th year of teaching. I just had my daughter july 13, so if you all have any questions about making pregnancy/mommyhood work while teaching, I’m happy to offer what help I can!

Post # 13
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Great idea.  It’s so weird to think that I won’t be finishing out the school year.  If I could have planned it, I would have tried for the middle of June, but we are thrilled since it took over 2 years and was a surprise (dr. said we needed injections in order to conceive).

Roll Call!

Expected Due Date: April 22

Position in School: Primary teacher

Years Teaching: First

Other duties in school: none

After telling your SO, who did you tell first, when, and how: No one except medical professionals and a friend who saw my pregnancy books that I forgot to hide!

When did you/do you think you’ll be telling your principal/supervisor: If I don’t have any morning sickness, I’m planning on telling around week 13, after we let our families know.

And for fun, what is your favorite part about fall: Cooler weather and pumpkin anything!

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