Post # 1
A little background on my DH and I =) We are both 23 and I am starting a 2 year nursing program in January and will graduate Dec 2015. My DH is a Paramedic applying for firefighter jobs. So my question is, should I wait to TTC after nursing school and find a job and work there for a few months or start TTC during my last semester of nursing school? We cannot wait to start a family but want to at the best possible time =) Advice appreciated =)
Post # 3
@Firemansgirl: Personally, I would start TTC during your last semester of nursing school if you can afford to not work. Pregnancy can create sickness and problems that might cause interference with work. Plus, this will give you time to move in, adjust, and get ready for a big change in your life without having to focus on work.
However, not many people have this option. So, if you have to get a job, then I would certainly wait until you are employed and preferably until you are eligible for maternity leave.
Post # 4
Yea I am actually not working throughout nursing school so we would be fine on one income for the time being =) you made some good points, thank you!
Post # 5
No one can tell you when the best time is to TTC, but if I were in your situation, I would definitely wait until I had finished school and worked for a while.
Post # 6
@Firemansgirl: My friend started TTC while still in nursing school. Her husband had a good steady job, so I think that made the decision easier for them. She ended up graduating with a job, and a big ol pregnant belly. It seemed like an industry that was accepting of pregnant women through the hiring process, so from that experience, I would think you’re okay. I would just worry about one of you having an income that could support you both and also have health insurance.
Post # 7
SIL got pregnant while she was in school to become a Nurse Practiioner. She ended up taking a semester off and was incredibly stressed while studying for Boards and doing clinicals. It was a very stressful time on her marriage and they’re honestly still recovering. I don’t think they expected to get pregnant as easily as they did. I know this doesn’t really answer your question but it gives a few things to think about.
Post # 8
As someone who has been in nursing school, I would advise you to wait as long as possible. School is very tough. I’m not saying you can’t do both; one of my good friends finished as a single mother. But I would wait and see how school goes before you guys set any concrete plans.
Post # 9
I would definitely wait. Get your degrees and get jobs and take some time making money and being married.
You’re 23, you have lots and lots of time.
Post # 10
I would wait until you graduate and adjust to your new career. I couldn’t imagine being pregnant and in school, with clinicals and late night studying. Then after I graduated I was even more stressed with not being able to find a job, then after I did adjusting to my new profession was hard as well. I hear you on being really excited to start a family, but I would put it off as long as possible so you can adjust without any added difficulties.
Post # 11
Thank you all for the advice! It’s definitely a big decisiostand we will most likely wait until I have a job 🙂