TTC and Baby During Grad schoool?? anyone done it? advice?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Were planning to start TTC during my grad school. I think it’d be super easy while only having online classes. It sounds like you’ve got it figure out. I’m just going to ask my doctoe a few questions at my annual. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kansas_nurse:  I think it sounds very doable for you since you have a good work schedule, online classes, good childcare and tons of family support! I had my daughter during grad school and I had a terrible work schedule, no family or other support system, and my husband had to travel a lot for work. And our daughter had colic. I had to quite school to be a SAHM because I couldn’t handle school plus everything else on my own. 

I would just say, don’t expect to return to school/work right away after the baby’s born. It might be easy if you have a newborn who sleeps all the time, or you might have a colicky baby and be a zombie… just be flexible! As far as preparing to TTC, I would just start taking prenatal vitamins and fish oil and make sure you’re generally healthy. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have done online classes over the years, so my advice pertains to that:

I would treat your classes as part of your job: create a schedule and stick to it. If you work 3 days, maybe set aside 2 days that are just for classes, and find someone willing to watch the baby while you do that. That way you don’t feel pulled in two directions or feel like you should be with baby while working on classes, or vice versa.

Definitely give yourself a period of time after baby is born before returning to school and work. You will need that time to heal, adjust, and get used to being a mommy.

BTW, I did have a preconception appointment with my midwives before we started the process of TTC. They basically did a physcial to see if there was anything obvious that needed attention (for example, anemia or hypothyroid). We talked about medications I was on that needed to be phased out (in my case a migraine medication) and how to do that. We talked about my general health (weight, allergies, etc) and any questions/concerns I had. It was great to have the opportunity to talk through everything before we got started. *Keep in mind this was with a midwife, not an OB, so it might be a little different. Oh, and definitely start taking a prenatal right away, even before your begin TTC. Studies have shown that this is linked with a decrease in certain developmental issues.

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