(Closed) Grad school while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

How many courses do you have before you complete the program? I haven’t been through this exactly but have been a teacher also going to grad school, and my main question would be how likely you will be to finish the degree if you put it on hold and wait until the baby is born, when you will be even more tired and busy. I just know that I need momentum to keep going, and especially if you are tired doing those things now I can’t imagine it would be any easier to pick it back up later. If you were thinking of putting it on hold indefinitely until kids are older, then obviously that would be different! Just something to think about. Congratulations! 🙂

Post # 3
1579 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

MissParrot:  It sounds like you’ve only completed 2 courses from your program (which I’m assuming has at least 11 courses) so you’re still in the beginning of the program (I’m assuming). What are your plans after baby? Are you planning on going to back work or staying home? Also, do you and will you have the financial ability to pay for the courses with a newborn? That may be a deciding factor too, because grad level courses are not cheap.

Breaking the momentum of going to school sucks, but if you’re not going to be able to keep it up and get discourged and overwhelmed, it’s probably better to stop for now and start back up when you have a better routine and can plan your time better.  You started once, you can start again! (and congrats on going back to school and the baby, btw! Both great things!!)

I’m 2 courses away from completing my masters degree and just entered my second trimester. I’m due in October and will have just started my very last course then. I’m planning to just muscle through it and figure out a way to finish and pass it with a newborn and a move because the course isn’t offered for another year and I don’t want to wait that long. But, if this was just my second or third semester and I still had a long road ahead, I may do as much as I could while pregnant and then see what happens after.  

Post # 4
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I started my masters degree (MEd Literacy – I’m an elementary school teacher) when I was ready to pop – my first day of class was actually my due date. haha
It meant I was on maternity leave for my first year of the program, which was great, but also challenging with a newborn. I am now pregnant with number two, and will have this baby shortly after I have finished my masters.

Is it rough at times? Yes. Is it worth it!? Yes. I am soooo glad I didn’t put it off and plugged through. You will get a second wind once your first trimester is over (I promise!) and you’ll do it!

In two years I’ll have accomplished three great things: My masters degree and having two children. 😀

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  NLbride.
Post # 5
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Research what the rules are for medical leave–what happens if the pregnancy is harder on you than expected and you have to drop out of your class? Does it go on your transcript? Can you re-take it? Will they refund all or part of your tuition? Most women don’t have pregnancies that are so rough they can’t attend work or school as usual–but some do, and when it happens, you can generally get a doctor to help you get put on disability or medical leave (although I’ve never had to do this, so I don’t know the ins and outs). The first trimester tends to be the roughest for most women–you are exhausted, and you might be sick all the time. The second and third are a not quite as bad. You might be more uncomfortable in the third because of the baby’s size, but you’re not going to be quite as slogging it as in the first. Keep in mind that this is *most women*–some women have it easy all the way through; some women have it hard all the way through. 

That said, for me, I found it easier to plow through things pregnant that I did with a newborn, so I would, if I could, finish as many courses as possible before the baby and then take leave after the birth. Depending on when the baby arrives in December, you could be set up very nicely for coinciding with winter break and being able to take a fall course if you wanted. You might find that you have to pull back on the work, though, especially for retail which has you up on your feet (and you will be really, really tired in the first trimester). If you can’t pull back on the work for financial reasons, then yes, maybe doing school AND work pregnant might be a little much. But check to see what the penalties are for leaving mid-semester first. 

Post # 6
276 posts
Helper bee

I’d take it. Will be easier now than after baby arrives!

Post # 7
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

I’d go ahead and take it.  I’m taking 3 grad school classes now while working full time and pregnant.  It’s hard to find motivation sometimes, but it id doable. 

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