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post #1 of 14
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Any idea on how to do this? So I've just found out I'm pregnant, have just started this semester of my part time, external study for my Bachelor of Business (14 weeks of this semester to go...), and I work full time.

I am regularly nauseous, get tired easily as it is, and can't drink endless cups of tea to keep me going anymore.

Has anyone done this? Have you got tips on how to manage it all?

I'm also a contractor at work, and they'll probably start the conversion process in about 3 months at which point I daresay everyone will know. The conversion to being permanent is a tiresome, drawn out process, and I don't want me being pregnant to impede their decision at all.
post #2 of 14
Wow, that's a lot of juggling to do. I would say that you should grab every spare moment that you can to relax. Maybe catch a quick nap on your lunch or do some relaxation exercises (slow, deep breathing maybe? ) when you have a minute. Your body is experiencing alot of hormonal changes and the baby is growing alot right now and so your body is bound to be worn out. I would try to cut out any undo stress and if friends/family offer to help you out in any way TAKE THEM UP ON IT. Being pregnant is alot of work, you need all of the support that you can get Congratulation on your baby and good luck
post #3 of 14
You certainly have your plate full, just please try and rest whenever you can.

You might have to end up cutting back on a little something though, all of what you are doing is important.

Congratulations on your new baby too. When are you due?
post #4 of 14
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Thanks guys. I guess I'm going to have to let the other girl I report to know what's going on as I'm going to have a bunch of appointments with high risk ob/gyns, cardiologists (I have a heart condition) and the like and will probably be needing a lie down at work every now and again.

I'm about 6-7 weeks along (I have my first "proper" appointment this Friday coming), so I have a long road ahead. This semester finishes in early July I think, and I'll be due in early October, so I won't be able to take any classes in that semester...

I have a wonderful hubby who has happily done all the washing and cleaned the house this weekend, and he will happily keep doing that which is lovely, and a massive load off my mind.

I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now I think... I'd done a bunch of pregnancy tests at home and at the doctors and they were all negative so I was sure I wasn't pregnant. We had planned to wait at least another 6 months. I only found out through a blood test late last week, and while we're very excited, it's all just sinking in.

Anyway... back to the books!
post #5 of 14
Lots and lots of rest! Any time you can sit instead of stand do so. Prop your feet up when you can. Snacking on crackers and small snacks will help with the nausea. I even had to keep the crackers by my bed and every morning before I sat up I ate a cracker.

I wish you the best of Luck!
post #6 of 14
My advice? Let something go...

You were already going full steam with work and school, and you are going to need more rest and sleep than ever now. It's not easy creating a new life and it takes a toll on your body.

I would strongly suggest you lower your work to part-time (that might not be possible, I know), or put school on hold for a couple of years.

How much rest you get now, and what you eat, and how you take care of yourself will impact your child for his/her entire life. You really need to slow down as much as possible for the next seven months or so, both for yourself and your baby.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
My advice? Let something go...

You were already going full steam with work and school, and you are going to need more rest and sleep than ever now. It's not easy creating a new life and it takes a toll on your body.

I would strongly suggest you lower your work to part-time (that might not be possible, I know), or put school on hold for a couple of years.

How much rest you get now, and what you eat, and how you take care of yourself will impact your child for his/her entire life. You really need to slow down as much as possible for the next seven months or so, both for yourself and your baby.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
You might be right. I'll talk to my cardiologist and ob/gyn and see what they think. My semester officially starts next week (but I've started already to get a head start), so I can certainly drop my subjects if need be without losing out on any money as long as I do it within the next few weeks.
post #8 of 14
I agree with SwampWitch. In general, I support the notion that when we get something new put onto our already-busy plates we should let something go rather than risking our health, relationships or sanity. For me, this has meant having to accept less pay or withdraw from concerts and contests, but I know how I get when I get too swamped and it's well worth it. being pregnant would make it even more important that time is set aside for health and relaxation.
post #9 of 14
#1 Congratulations and best wishes to you and your husband Sarah!!

#2 I would definitely reevaluate your schedule. I know today as businesswomen we feel like we need to push and do as much as we can to keep up, but as SwampWitch said, you may have to let something go, or at the minimum cut back. Especially since this is already a high risk pregnancy. You're in my thoughts and prayers, and keep us updated with appointments and your doctor's take on all this.

Congrats again!!
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by emily_325 View Post
#1 Congratulations and best wishes to you and your husband Sarah!!

#2 I would definitely reevaluate your schedule. I know today as businesswomen we feel like we need to push and do as much as we can to keep up, but as SwampWitch said, you may have to let something go, or at the minimum cut back. Especially since this is already a high risk pregnancy. You're in my thoughts and prayers, and keep us updated with appointments and your doctor's take on all this.

Congrats again!!
I completely agree. It won't be any good for you or the baby if you are overworking yourself.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, I've just cut one of my subjects, and rescheduled to take that class in the extra semester they cram in at the end of the near. So when that semester starts I'll have a 1 month old, but it's a subject I'm looking forward to, and I can always drop it then if I don't think I can handle it.

The subject I have left for this semester is also one I'm interested in, and will also help me in my job, so I'm going to try and stick at it. I'm also going to let the girl I report to know what's going on so she understands my current "workload", and why I may be getting exhausted, distracted and sick.

Thanks all for your input!
post #12 of 14
congratulations, good idea to drop some things. . . . .try a balance ball maybe for a chair? i don't know, it may help with back pain down the road and fatigue but it's also a work out ya know?
post #13 of 14
I guess I don't have any great suggestions, just take care of yourself, and don't overextend yourself. You need to save up energy for you and that baby on the way...and you may find that once you're a bit further along, the nausea and sickness stuff will pass, and you'll be more energized.

Put your feet up every night, have DH (if you're married, I apologize if you're not) give you feet massages, and take time for YOU!
post #14 of 14
Listen to your body and your docs...don't push beyond what they feel is best for you and this pregnancy.
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