5 Tips for Student Teaching Pregnant

My student teaching semester lasted from January through April. However, my first son was due in the middle of July. That left me pregnant and dealing with all of the awesome side effects during my student teaching experience. It wasn’t easy, but I got through it and had a great experience. To help you get through student teaching pregnant, remember these 5 tips.

Keep Snacks on Hand

When I first started as a student teacher, I was dealing with morning sickness. Of course, I lucked out and morning sickness meant all-day sickness for me. To combat this, I kept crackers and other snacks on hand. Rather than eating 3 square meals every day, I had several healthy snacks throughout the day. Also, keep mints on hand to freshen up your mouth, as needed.

Drink Plenty of Water

According to BabyCenter.com, you should drink at least 64 ounces of water every day when you’re pregnant. It’s difficult to stay hydrated when your struggling to get to the bathroom between classes. And let’s face it — you’re going to use the bathroom regularly throughout the day. Keep plenty of water bottles on hand, and sneak to the bathroom whenever you can.

Rest Whenever Possible

One of the biggest obstacles for me was fatigue. Luckily, I found my energy again during the second trimester. In the meantime, I made sure to get plenty of sleep every night. If you find yourself getting tired during the day, take a quick power nap during your planning period or rest your eyes during passing periods or recess. I wouldn’t get in the habit of doing this every day, but do what you need to do to get through the day.

Speak to Your Doctor

You’re not the first educator who’s given birth. As such, your doctor probably has some great tips for you to keep in mind. Let your doctor know about anything that might be worrying you, so you can work together to keep you and the baby healthy. If you need to go on bed rest, you might want to consider withdrawing from student teaching until a later time.

Share Your News

Definitely tell your university supervisor and cooperating teacher that you’re pregnant. Although you shouldn’t expect any specialized treatment, it’s helpful for them to know about your health and how it could affect your student teaching experience. I also announced my pregnancy to my students. They loved getting to hear about my doctor’s appointments, see the ultrasounds, and brainstorm baby names with me. It was fun including them in it, but it’s up to you whether or not you decide to announce it.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you. Student teaching while pregnant adds a whole new obstacle that you need to overcome. However, you can do it! And in the process, you can develop traits and skills that you can use when you get your own classroom. Good luck and congratulations!

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  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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2 Responses to 5 Tips for Student Teaching Pregnant

  1. Brittney October 3, 2018 at 4:20 PM #

    Hi, Jamie! I recently found out my husband and I are expecting a baby in June, which is incredibly exciting! However, I am in a student teaching program that will last until the end of April currently and am truly panicking to tell my cooperating teacher and university supervisor. When do you recommend telling them? I feel like they shouldn’t know before my family and friends but they should also know what is going on in the event of an emergency. Also, what was your experience of job hunting while pregnant? Thank you so much!

    • Jamie Goodwin
      Jamie Goodwin October 15, 2018 at 6:54 AM #

      Hi Brittney!
      First off, congratulations! That’s exciting news! When you decide to tell your cooperating teacher and university supervisor is up to you– if you have morning sickness, complications, or afternoon doctors’ appointments, it would be best to fill them in ASAP. If you’ve been healthy and aren’t worried about needing to rush to the bathroom, you may be able to wait a little longer. I told my university supervisor before the semester started and my cooperating teachers the first day of classes. That allowed me time to break the news to our families over Christmas. Good luck with student teaching, and I hope you have a healthy pregnancy!

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