Getting married young and going to college is challenging enough. But being pregnant while in college is far more physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging.
In this blog post, I am going to give you tips on how to survive pregnancy in college!
My teachers knew I was pregnant before anyone else did beside our families. Between morning sickness, doctor appointments, exhaustion, countless trips to the bathroom, and always being tardy, your teachers need to be kept in the loop so you don’t get in trouble for always missing class or being late.
The on-campus nurse was my lifesaver and my best friend during my pregnancy. In a place where I felt misunderstood being the only pregnant student on around campus, she was supportive, kind, and loving. At the University I attended, there was a strict policy on how many unexcused absences and tardies you were allowed. All I had to do was email her when I was not feeling well or just needed to rest and she excused me.
Whether there is assigned seating or not, you will always want to sit near a door. Especially towards the end of your pregnancy! Between needing to constantly go to the bathroom or just walk around due to back or sciatica pain, you will want to have quick access to a door without disrupting the class or teacher.
This was easy for me because it was my first pregnancy but more challenging if you already have children.. no matter what.. rest whenever you can. Teachers are understanding. If you are tired and you need an extension on an assignment, they will almost always give it to you.
There were lots of tears in my pregnancy. Especially towards the end. I was frustrated because I never got to class on time no matter how hard I tried. My brain literally shut off and it was hard to study. I also worked part-time and I was just exhausted. During this time, I definitely had to learn to just be patient and accept everything.
I let frustrations, hormones, and other peoples thoughts affect me too much. I even said “I would enjoy pregnancy so much more if I wasn’t in college”. Not because it was hard but because I felt like my belly had a big scarlet letter on it. Now, I look back and see how dumb I was for letting the stares and looks get to me. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty, right? I hated feeling like a virus people were afraid of getting close to because I was contagious or something. If I could do it again, I would wear my belly with pride and enjoy every single moment. Ignore the stares and rub it in their faces as much as possible! Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing and it goes by very fast so enjoy it!!!
I hope these tips helped you! If you need more advice or just a friend who understands please reach out! I would love to talk to you!! Scroll Down for more images and fun facts 😉