(Closed) When did you decide to TTC? Did it affect your career?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

How many kids do you want? It’s probably not impossible to have a baby before PA school, but it will be way more difficult to go through the schooling with that huge additional responsibility. I would wait to TTC until after the education was done and the career was more settled, but that is the route I am taking.

I know one lady who had two kids during medical school and had to take a few years off before finishing up. Some female medical students have their first baby the last year of medical school because it’s the most laidback year. I don’t know where the lull would be if in the process through PA school. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee

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adomke :  I am 28 years old and I am the Exeuctive Director of an organization with 85 employees. i work about 60-70 hours a week and work from home too. When I took on this job, I was very worried about having a child and it interrupting my career. 

Now, after a year in my position, I feel much more comfortable and trust the team I work with daily. Therefore, DH and I have discussed starting TTC in January/February. I would be 29 if we get pregnant quickly. I am also finishing my master’s, so the timing works out.

I have come to realize that if you build up a support network, line up your priorities, plan (financially, emotionally, etc), then you just have to go for it at some point. 

However, given your age and career aspirations, I would recommend waiting. I would suggest getting going on PA school and then ressess once you are in the program. Maybe the last semester would be a good time to start TTC.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I was where you are now. I got the baby bug about 3 years ago, and I’m now 30 and still no baby. I am gaga for babies though! I am getting married early next year and will start trying immediately afterwards. I put off babies for a medical career, and it has been hard, and all I want to do is be at home with a baby, but now I am glad I put it off because I have laid a good foundation for myself and my future family. 

I would recommend waiting a couple more years if you can. 30 is a good age to have a baby – fertility is still very good at that age – and you will find it so much easier to focus on your studies. I read a really interesting article recently that reinforced the benefits of waiting – social, financial etc – I would recommend reading it for some extra (and science based) perspective. Link at the bottom of this post

 

I also regularly read a blog called ‘Mothers in Medicine’ which I think you might find helpful – countless women’s experiences are documented there and I have found it really motivating to see what women are able to do faced with the challenge of balancing work and family. Link below

Good luck with whatever you decide 🙂 I’m sure you can make it work whatever happens

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-marantz-henig/whats-the-best-age-to-hav_b_2206136.html

http://www.mothersinmedicine.com

 

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