Post # 1
Okay bees I could use some advice. I am a full time physical education teacher and am currently pursuing my masters degree in health education. I also work a part time retail job on nights and weekends. I have completed my first masters course and am a month away from completing my 2nd course. It’s now time to register for my third course however I just got the good news that I am pregnant. I’m already feeling exhausted with a lack of motivation.
My question is should I continue with taking a course this summer (I’m due in December) or should I take a break from grad school until after the baby arrives.
Bees who have been though this what would you recommend?
Post # 2
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
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
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. 😀
Post # 5
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
I’d take it. Will be easier now than after baby arrives!
Post # 7
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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.
Post # 8
Thank You everyone! You all gave excellent advice. I am still unsure mainly due to the fact that I have two jobs, One full time and one part time. I need to make a decision here soon though.
Post # 9
BothCoasts: Yes, Unforuntatly I can’t afford not to have my part time job. Once baby comes if I can finacially afford to quit the retail job I will but thats dependent on my husbands raise.
Post # 10
AORiver15: Thanks its a six year program and I just started so I still have a while. My school is paying for it and will pay up to 9 credits a year so about three course per year. I took some course as an undergraduate student so I do not have to take as many as a graduate student. Once I get above 15 credits it will also give me a raise. I will have 6 credits completed by the end of June.
cooperlove: I am planning to go back to work after the baby, my sister will be providing us with daycare. My school district will pay for up to 9 credits a year. We are hoping to spread it out so that we don’t have to pay anything. But we must likely could afford to pay for a few courses.
BothCoasts: Yeah the timeing is pretty good! Baby is due right before Christmas break!