I briefly mentioned it in my last post, but I wanted to elaborate a little more on my current predicament. Being pregnant while completing clinicals in an accelerated nursing program was never on my to do list, but here I am! When I first saw those double pink lines on the stick, I scoured the internet for any blogs that covered being pregnant while completing nursing school and I didn’t find many results. However, it’s not unheard of. In fact, one of my instructors told me that she too was pregnant during clinicals and she managed to graduate after only missing one day (when she went into labor)! Here is some information I wish I knew when I started this journey:
- Baby brain is REAL – Whether it’s the fact that I stopped drinking 3 Red Bulls a day or that I no longer take ADHD medication, “baby brain” has hit me hard! My ability to focus, retain information, or even string a sentence together has been greatly compromised in this new state. Fortunately for me, I’ve already passed all my major nursing classes and I only have a few electives I’m taking alongside of my clinical rotations. I’m fairly lucky that I have no tests to study for, but it has been harder to write papers when I’m constantly losing my train of thought. While I am still coping with this and don’t have any advice, here’s a fair warning to any first time moms trying to keep up with the curve!
- Vaccine Issues- I had to reveal my pregnancy to instructors fairly early on because my vaccinations were out of date. While some vaccinations are contraindicated during pregnancy, some are only recommended in specific trimesters, and others are fine to have any time. (For instance, Tdap should be administered during the 3rd trimester) Knowing what your school requires of you and forwarding the necessary exemption paperwork to them will be crucial to completing clinicals!
- Baby First – You have to remember to protect your body during this time. While I was comfortable with transferring some patients alone previously, I soon realized I was not as strong as I used to be and that my body mechanics had changed a lot. Additionally, telling your instructors you are pregnant may be advantageous when it comes to patient assignments. It’s best that you’re not exposed to certain communicable diseases or administer certain medications. I feel like that could be a post all on it’s own! Be willing to ask for help from your peers and let your instructors know what you’re experiencing!
I plan on adding to this list more as I go, but for now I have to get back to writing that paper…