Post # 1
Are you waiting until you graduate or trying before? Do you already have a baby? Is it difficult to manage going to school when you have a baby? We were planning on waiting until we were done with school but being that I still have 5 years of school left, Darling Husband is thinking of maybe trying in 3 years or so. Just trying to get some opinions from others on what they have decided 🙂
Post # 3
We plan on waiting about 2 years after we get out of school. I really want to make sure we are financially stable enough to have a child, so we decided to use BC until a couple of years after we get our “real” jobs.
Post # 4
We plan to immediately ttc once we graduate and are married. Then I’ll go back for grad school after we have a child.
Post # 5
I can’t imagine having a baby while I was still in school. I feel like you would miss out on a lot of social stuff, and school is stressful enough as it is. Plus, babies are expensive! I just finished grad school this past December, and we want to wait a few years so I can get established in my career.
Post # 6
I had my daughter while I was still in school. I work full time shift work and I am still a full time student and she she is 2 now.. It’s a lot of work but its manageable. I have all my classes online, there is now way I could do it any other way. However, when I transfer school to get my second degree I have a feeling it will be harder since some classes are actually on campus.
Post # 7
I just finished my undergrad and will be returning to university in the fall to start my law degree. We’ll probably start thinking about little ones, spring 2013. By the time the baby will arrive I will be in my last semester so I think it’s manageable. We’ll see what happens!
Post # 8
I’m going straight through schoool– undergrad to masters to phd– because I didn’t want to risk leaving and then having trouble getting back in the groove. I’m about to start my second year of my masters and I hope to have my first child towards the end of my phd. ideally, I’d like to have a baby born before I start teaching full-time. this way I won’t start a job and have to take time off to have a child right away, and I also won’t have to interrupt my schooling. fingers crossed it works out that way, haha.
Post # 9
I’m due in a month. I’m supposed to graduate this December.
Post # 10
We plan to wait until we’re both done in school (we have about 3 years left until we complete our PhDs -we’ve both gone straight through). I have friends who have had babies in grad school, but I can’t imagine being able to actually get all my work done and having a baby to take care of. We’ll probably shoot for at least a year after finishing school so that we have time to house hunt and get established in our jobs (but try to get pregnant before we turn 30).
Post # 11
I don’t have any kids. But my SIL does. She kept saying while she was pregnant that she would go back to school in the spring (after she had adequate time with her infant). Then it changed to summer, to fall, etc. The problem is that most of her remaining classes include teaching. She doesn’t have time to teach, work, and take care of her baby. So my advice would be to consider what type of classes you have left before you have a baby. It’s not impossible to do, but there are some barriers, especially if you have to work full-time as well.
Post # 12
I am a little older (27) but I am back in school. I am scheduled to graduate in May of 2013 and plan on trying to get pregnant next fall. Hopefully, if all goes well I will have the baby shortly after graduation.
Post # 13
I am 31 (32 in Oct)
My goal was to graduate college before I had a baby. I was pregnant in January, graduated in June, and baby is due in Oct.
I need to get a masters for my career so the plan was to finish my BA, have 2 kids in a few years time, and then go back for my masters after the 2nd one is born.
I was in school with many people who had kids….but most of them were older and had taken a long time off school. For me, I knew that if I had a baby, I would drop out. I am an older student and have been in and out of school for years so I really wanted to finish this goal. Grad school may end up being delayed but I feel happy that I reached my big goal os getting my initial degree.
Everyone is different. You may be someone who will be able to keep going to school and can afford a baby on just your hubby’s income so you can afford to go to school. Having a baby doesn’t mean that you CAN”T finish school…I just think that it makes it a lot harder. For me, it was best to wait until I finished
Post # 14
I just graduated in January 2011, got married in April and we conceived at the end of the first week of our honeymoon! I am three years younger than my husband though so he had been working for a few years.
Post # 15
I’d like to have a baby sometime in my 3rd year (I’m heading into my 2nd this fall).
I already take a reduced courseload due to my learning disability, so I don’t have a crazy school schedule. I’d only take 2 classes the semester after the baby’s born (basically, full credit courses span the entire year, so I’d just be finishing those off). And then I’d do what I always do; go to school during the summer to catch up and ensure that I still graduate on time.
If I don’t take maternity leave as defined by EI (and I won’t be, as a student), then Fiance could potentially take paternity leave for up to 8 months (and he’s told me he actually wants to take it), thereby giving us the first 12 months with both free child care and somebody home with the baby at all times. After that, Father-In-Law could provide childcare, or I could find subsidized care at the school, or something. As well, my schedule as a student would be more flexible than if I were working full-time
Post # 16
I had my now 2 year old daughter my junior year of my undergraduate studies. I was full time and went to an actual campus. It was difficult in the sense that my time was not my own but it was do-able. My now husband was there every step of the way. I graduated this past May and I got a job offer one week before graduation.
If you’re determined enough, you can do it and I know quite a few women who have done the same thing as single parents.