Working while pregnant?

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Explain to me how, as an untenured teacher who gets observed 5-10 times a year, you can possibly work and be pregnant!?!? I'm near death...I swear!!! lol

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Candy - posted on 02/02/2009

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It depends so much on how sympathetic your environment is and how healthy you are when pregnant- I had an idyllic pregnancy in a good work situation and worked up to 6 days before my son was born.  But then, I loved my job- so it didn't seem hard.



Jusxt be kind to yourself in any way you can- make sure you are eating well, taking time out when you get home to put your feet up and relax, and not taking on ANYTHING extra (learning to say no is important).  Sit down while teaching, ask kids to help you with stuff, share the joy haha!  And good luck!

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi Jessica, I did it last year and the whole sleep thing (lack of) was the only problem but i survived. Every one was so excited for me; it really added to the enjoyment of my pregnancy.

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Lynne - posted on 01/31/2009

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I worked up till the day before I delivered (scheduled induction). I teach sixth grade so I could rely on my students to help out alot. I had them lift any heavy items, clean my romm, organize papers, etc. It worked so well I still do that now (I used to think I had to be super teacher!) I also talked with my principal about sitting down while teaching. He was very understanding and said it wouldn't be a problem. Of course I couldn't do this all the time, but when it worked out I could, I did. He even observed me once while I was sitting down. During your planning, prop your feet up. This helps with the feet swelling. While the kids are doing seatwork, play classical music. It seemed to lower my stress level and my students loved it. The other "mommy" teachers will also help you out. Accept all the help offered. Hope some of these ideas can help you. Congratulations!

Andrea - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have worked right up until the end of my two pregnancies teaching first grade. Both of these times were hard. I had some of my students tie other students' shoelaces for me and fetch supplies I needed from across the room. I don't understand why your principal would need to conduct so many observations! Our first-year teachers are usually observed 4 times. Also, I don't understand the big deal about standing up to teach. In our school, K-2 teachers are sitting down for many activities. We do a great deal of teaching on our circle time rug. I have an assistant, so we often divide the class and do smaller group activities in which one group is on the floor. As long as students are engaged, on-task, and learning, it should not matter if the teacher is seated. Try to put your feet up when you do get a break. If you do not have an assistant, see if there is someone in the school who can come at a specific time each day to let you take a bathroom break or just get out of the classroom for 5 minutes. And if anyone ever offers to help you- accept it! When I was pregnant the 2nd time, I learned to take advantage of any kind offers of help. You should also have a mentor teacher assigned to you. Let them help you with issues you are having. I work closely with another first grade teacher. We plan together and share ideas/supplies. When my sub has needed things while I was on maternity leave or when I came back running on very little sleep, the other first grade teacher helped tremendously in keeping everything running smoothly. You will get through it!

Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2009

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You can do it. When I was pregnant with my first I was also the soccer coach-- I lasted throughout soccer season and was at school working the day she was born. I would actually have a parent of mine come sit on the sideline during a game to make sure that I was slowing down. I would pace the field the entire game, while yelling at the girls. Our bodies can handle it-- otherwise the population of this world would not be so big...

Dixie - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hey Jessica!  Don't worry about being untenured....I get observed that many times a year also on unannounced walk throughs....it is something new our district started last year...they are there for 10 min or so and it's over....I am tenured, but don't let it stress you out.  I teach 1st grade special ed.....my son is now 26 months old and I was off work early because of preeclampsia....llike 3 months early....just make sure you get your professional responsibilities done  and walk away.  If you continue to stress it will affect your baby. 

Kim - posted on 01/24/2009

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I am a senior High School teacher (17-19 years of age students) I worked till I was 8 months. Teaching is fine till than. As long as you get time out for yourself during the day, only if it is 10 minuters a day. Most impotantly the staff should be there for you. IF you work ina good surrounding with supportive teachers myou should be ok for teaching whilst pregnant.

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lots of sleep and sit as often as you can! =) I taught elementary music (including drama, dance, musicals, performing at Disney World) from as soon as I found out i was prego until the Friday before I delivered on Monday. I somehow only missed one half day of school also. I also puked in between classes up until the 38th week. it's hard, but give yourself grace and patience. don't try to be superwoman, let others help as much as you can. get parents to help. i literally came home and slept the rest of the day. learn to say no - family always comes first! i was very blessed to have and understanding admin, but they didn't cut me any slack either. like i said, lots of sleep and prioritizing!

Patty - posted on 01/24/2009

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I'd suggest reading Teaching Smarter by Snady LaBelle. As a mother of 5 and a full-time teacher, this book has helped me more than any class I've had to prepare me for teaching and it's an easy read.  Keep a paper nearby to jot down some ideas and i you implement them, you'll see the stress level drop as you shift a lot of responsibility to the student.  I've used this in my high school classes and loved it.  I also realized that by making my classroom more efficient, I was better prepared for class and to walk out the door at the scheduled time.  It becomes a choice to dedicate as much time to your own kids as you do to the ones in the classroom and this book helped me do that.  Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 01/23/2009

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Definitly get some slippers with a good bottom. I had to buy shoes 2 sizes big and they still felt tight. It all passes and soon there will be other challenges (see going back to work blogs). It is all worth is when you see your little offspring.

Crystal - posted on 01/22/2009

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You do the same things as usual just make sure that you are prepared and you have some activities where you can be sitting down. Just talk to your prinicipal that observes you and explain the situation because if they don't know they can not help you.
I was 9 months pregnant with a hurricane on the way and when one of the Principals came in I was sitting on a desk having contractions, and she did not say a word to me about it because all of my kids were working and were on task.

Samantha - posted on 01/22/2009

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I was lucky in that I wasn't "too pregnant" by the end of the school year. I delivered at the end of july. I can't imagine being 9 months pregnant in a K classroom! but I did have some help in my Kindergarten class. Just ask. I'm sure someone would be willing to help out.....

Maria - posted on 01/22/2009

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I got 2 planning periods a day and would spend one with my feet up in the faculty room. I set up supplies so my students could access them on their own. I had lots of willing student helpers, but it will alwyas be hard. I was a floating teacher who taught on 2 different floors, and 2 different sides of the building with no elevator. You can do it, just be honest with yurself and with your Admin. as to what is possible for you.  Good luck finiding what works for you.

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Wow, why so many observations? The first and foremost thing is taking care of you and that little baby! You can teach in a seated position as much as needed. Lots of small group instruction. Make arrangements with your principal to possibly have a teacher aide in your room too. I was pretty lucky in that pregnancy never impacted my teaching too much. Well, other then my son arriving a full month early smack in the middle of parent-teacher conferences! Good luck to you!

Kristin - posted on 01/21/2009

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I taught first grade while I was pregnant and planned to stop work a week before my due date. One day before my planned "last day", we had a field trip. I couldn't imagine a 45 minute bus ride while 9 months pregant! I spoke to the AP and got permission to drive myself instead of ride the bus. That night, my water broke and I delivered the next afternoon. I would suggest that you talk with your administration. Especially if you teach primary, I don't see the problem with teaching your lesson seated with your students around you.

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I hear ya! I felt the same way! It was exhausting, especially towards the end. (I was due Jan18th, school got out for Xmas Dec19th, had my baby Jan 4th the day before we were scheduled to go back!) I teach high school, and despite them being able to care for themselves, it still wore me out! They take so much energy, no matter what the age, to keep up with when you are pregnant. Hang in there though. Just think of the time off you will be getting!

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2009

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One of my kids had a birthday party while I was pregnant... his mom left a cake that was too small, gave the kids all soda, and took off while leaving her 4 year old with me. Needless to say, I went out on leave with preeclampsia 2 days later! Other than that I loved being pregnant and working... lots of trips to the bathroom, but you can do it! Just drink a lot of water, put your feet up when you can, and let the kids help you! Congratulations!

Dana - posted on 01/20/2009

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I had high blood pressure during my last weeks of pregnancy, and I couldn't wear shoes. I HAD to sit down a lot- good ideas by Carrie, by the way. I also could not fit into any of my shoes so I wore slippers the last two or three weeks I was there. Everyone felt so bad for me that they tried to help out however they could! I agree that you have to do only what you can. I used to stay at school til all hours but those last months of pregnancy, I left when everyone else did- and the world did not end. You have to take care of yourself!!!

Dana

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2009

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I used to have my first graders push me in my rolling chair down the hall...those little kids helped me out when the going got tough.  I will tell you what, any woman who has been pregnant will do anything for a fellow preger...you should be treated like a queen at school.  Just show them your ankles and they will understand!

Candice - posted on 01/20/2009

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I teach middle school now in an urban district. I am 34 weeks pregnant with my third. I am TIRED! I laugh daily that I cannot wait for labor so I can go on maternity leave! Hang in there and just try to rest as much as possible.

Carrie - posted on 01/20/2009

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With my first I was very stressed an had high blood presure and was put on bed rest my last trimester. With the second I was determinded to work longer. I teach 6th graders too. I would spend my lunch time relaxing listining to music etc and let go of some things. I also would bring my students to the carpet like a primary teacher, it took some changing of desks etc but my principle liked the way I brought the kids up close and did a onion peel strategy where once the kids "get it" they go back to their seats to do there indep. practice. I also did more centers and small group work so I could sit more and still be very productive.



Just remember that your family needs to come first and you and your babies health is the most important right now.

Claudia - posted on 01/20/2009

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Wow - why do you get observed that much? My co-worker was due Jan. 5th and actually had her baby on December 20th - she had a hard time that last week before we went on winter vacay, but she survived. Of course, my team at our school is amazing and will help each other out with EVERYTHING. :)

Heather - posted on 01/20/2009

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I am a 7th grade teacher. I worked till 2 weeks before my due date. I was not stressed at all just tired and ready to have the baby already! Don't let yourself get to the breaking point. You will know if you just can't do it anymore.

Amy - posted on 01/20/2009

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With my first two children I was only working part time, but with the third, I was teaching Junior High! I can tell you that the stress level was definitely harder on me this last time. Hopefully you have a husband (or other support person) that can give you time to destress in the evenings. My husband was great and put our other two to bed every night so I could get some much needed rest. Hang in there!

Erin - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had to come out early because of the stress! Don't get so overwhelmed it's going to negatively affect you or your baby! One day I felt her move as a reaction to my stress level and knew something had to give.



My last day as a public school teacher I walked over to the asst. principal's office and told him I needed a sub....the school nurse even checked my blood pressure. I had had it! Don't let it get to that point!



Hang in there,



Erin

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