Pregnancy + Grad School!

posted 12 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
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My situation is probably slightly different, I am almost done my masters, and had a baby 18 months ago. I completed all my courses first, then had a practicum when I came back, then a capping course that I am just finishing. I have also been working full time since June. 
I would say, if you have any actual course work try to get it done before hand. And if you are planning to work on your dissertation at home with a baby I would strongly consider some form of (at least part time) child care. I have a friend who is working on her PhD and has a 2 year old – she took a year fully off of her program and has been working since then with her daughter in part time care. You may (or may not) be able to get work done without when they are very small, and take lots of naps. But you may also be exhausted and wanting to rest yourself, so it would be best to at least plan/budget for/look into your options. 
I don’t know how our workloads would compare, as I said I have been working full time and my capping course is an independent study type project, proposal, long paper, small last assignment. I found it very possible to work on weekends/evenings, but it was mentally exhausting and meant I had to rely on my partner to step up on weekends when we basically had to pretend I wasn’t home so I could write. 

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futuremrsdaniellebell :  that certainly sounds possible! I did two courses + work during my first trimester with my first, and it was exhausting but very possible. I’m 18 weeks with #2 and, just like the first time, morning sickness hits for me around 13 weeks 😂 so this term I was fighting exhaustion and then feeling sort of terrible, but luckily still managed. If you are churning out chapters at 8 weeks you sound like you’re in good shape! Well done!

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futuremrsdaniellebell : I think what you’ve outlined sounds reasonable. Taking the first three months off, using some family members to help care for your baby, and trying to have the bulk done before the baby is born is a good plan. I don’t have personal experience, but I have colleagues who did it this way successfully.

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futuremrsdaniellebell :  your plan to do the majority of your dissertation before the baby comes is a good one. I only want to warn you to have lots of patience with yourself… pregnancy brain is real. I felt like my mind was mush. Just try to stay very organized so you can pick up where you leave off.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

futuremrsdaniellebell :  When I was pregnant with my oldest, I was in grad school (also going for my PhD). I had finished all my coursework and only had my dissertation and a few publications left to do. I made sure my coursework was done, which was a good thing. Due to the nature of my work, I had to be at the university a lot, so I couldn’t take a lot of time off that plus I needed the income as a TA. Unlike you. I didn’t have much of my dissertation done; although,  I had a lot of work done. I didn’t tell my advisor until I was showing or about 5 months. He took it well, but due to several unfair circumstances and my mental state at that time, I ended up leaving with my masters only. Of course, this was my experience, and it sounds like you’re well in your way to finish and have a solid plan. I also agree that having some sort of child care might be the way to go. Take your time if you need to. Best of luck! 

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