A few months ago I found out I was pregnant, one of the most exciting but unexpected news I’ve heard in a long time. In the beginning things of course were normal — eating, sleeping, energy all were as they had been. Once I became further along, the symptoms started pouring in. Morning sickness and trying to stay on top of things at school was my biggest challenge; but since each woman is different, what may seem like torture to me, may not be the same for someone else. Morning sickness for me is and was one of the most difficult part of being pregnant. It is like having nonstop food poison for 3 months! With the constant vomiting, it was very hard trying to keep up with everything. I was even starting to miss classes, delay some schoolwork, and at one point ended up in the ER because of it!
Thankfully, once entering my 3-month mark, the sickness decreased tremendously — giving me the energy I felt I would never get back. Though it was a terrible interference with my schoolwork, it was best to never give up and give in. As mentioned, the morning sickness has began to die down, giving me more time to focus on my schoolwork.
If you are in the same situation as me, note that just because you are pregnant, or with child, it does not mean you can't accomplish making your way through college. Pregnancy can interfere with your schoolwork and classes, and once the baby is born it becomes harder, but that does not mean it can not be done. It is a given that there will be plenty of extra obstacles thrown in the way, but the best way to deal with them is to work through them. Making it to college is an accomplishment of its own, but pushing yourself to make it through is an accomplishment worth working for! Women who are pregnant in college may have to alter their plans, but it is possible to one day get a degree! My advice is to consider taking fewer classes, seek financial aid or loans, try online classes if the course provides it, expect to possibly be in school longer than intended (don’t worry school isn’t about when you graduate, its about making sure you graduate), try taking summer classes to help with the load even if it’s just one or two, bring extra snacks, make sure to get more than 9 hours of sleep for better concentration, and overall never give up!