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Q: Advice on teaching during early pregnancy...

Hi all, I need some advice and words of wisdom for working during my pregnancy. I'm 9 weeks tomorrow and teaching 2nd grade. I'm exhausted all the time and broke down twice today in tears. I'm constantly worried about what the stress of working with all these kids is doing to me and how it's affecting my pregnancy. I feel like I can't go to my administrator yet because it's still to early. Today when I was worked up I started to feel some cramping that subsided fairly quickly but it worries me. Any advice??

This question was asked Sep. 13, 2013 12:30am
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Answered by Liosaidh - Nov. 24, 2013 3:19pm
No answers but very interested in this thread! I am a long-term middle school sub who is about to start another round of filling in for teachers who are (funnily enough) heading into maternity leave, and I worry all the time about being able to cope. The last time I did mat leave coverage, I was not pregnant myself!

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Answered by babygreene - Sep. 14, 2013 10:54pm
I too am a teacher--middle school. I am about to enter the second trimester and already I feel a ton better. Is there a colleague you can tell? I ask because the other day I needed to run to the bathroom to puke, and it is helpful to have someone in on your little secret. Also, I don't know what your beliefs are, but I would recommend telling a trusted administrator. I told mine so that they would be understanding with regards to evals, etc. Do whatever you can to eat small portions of food throughout the day and to sleep as much as possible. Good luck!

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Answered by Bostonmama08 - Sep. 14, 2013 2:40pm
I am also a teacher and have been working throughout my entire pregnancy (taught summer school). I am 15 weeks with a high risk pregnancy (have a blood clot in the uterus next to the baby). I just take off a few days when I am bleeding/cramping....but that is because I am high risk and have discussed this at length with my administrators.

I will say that between 5-10 weeks, I was REALLY tired and very moody/emotional. It is VERY common for us during that time. Now, at 15 weeks....the placenta has taken over and I am back to feeling stable emotionally. I still get tired.....that goes for any of us teachers, pregnant or not,....but obviously pregnancy makes things worse.

You need to sleep as much as possible when you can, be sure to take your vitamins and eat right, sit down and teach whenever possible....really try and take it easy when you can in the classroom. There are ways to slow things down and be more laid back when you need to. Temporarily!

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Answered by catlover - Sep. 14, 2013 4:48am
I too taught fifth grade when I was pregnant. There's no proof that stress causes misscarriages. If that were true no babies would be born! Being pregnant and teaching is very stressful. Anyway cramping is a good sign that your uterus is stretching.

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Answered by estone - Sep. 13, 2013 1:21am
I teach 5th grade as well...the first trimester is rough, but once you make it past that, it gets better...hang in there!

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Answered by PrayingforHH9mnths! - Sep. 13, 2013 1:07am
I feel and wonder the same thing?! I am teaching 5th grade and find myself stressed and tired all the time!! I am 11 wks and 2 days and I worry about how stressful my job is!!

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