Can I Graduate With My Class If I’m Pregnant?

Can I Graduate With My Class If I'm Pregnant?

There are any number of events that are life-changing for the average person. These events run the gamut from simply graduating from school through getting a job to moving to a new city.

Each situation brings its own worries and issues. For those expectant mothers who are also dealing with a pregnancy, the strain is doubled – especially if they are just starting out in life and just now graduating from college. Here are a few of the more notable issues that they will need to deal with in this case:

Legal Issues

In a nutshell, there really are none. Specifically, Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” This issue is easily the least of your problems while trying to graduate from school while pregnant.

Personal Stress

Competing demands upon the expectant mother’s time and energy can create an incredibly stressful environment – no matter how supportive is her partner, her friends or her parents. It is important to relieve this stress on a regular basis for the benefit of both the fetus and the mother. Similarly, “mom” should consider some alternative classes – of course, they will also take up some valuable time – such as yoga to further eliminate many of the stresses in their lives.

Class Workload

Perhaps a reduced workload should be considered if only to reduce the fatigue of the expectant mother. In the long run – a year at most – both the mother and the child will be healthier. The new mom can then finish their academic studies in a more leisurely manner while feeling secure in the fact that they did what was in the best interests of their newborn. In short, it is a balancing act but one that can turn into a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Health and Fitness

It takes time and energy to take care of yourself and, in turn, your fetus. Attending classes and completing the necessary schoolwork competes with this task and does not always allow for the proper exercise and rest. In many cases, exercise will also take a back seat to your studies and even eating right may not be all that easy. Forget about just sitting back, relaxing and watching the television.

Time Factor

It may be somewhat inconvenient to wait an extra year to graduate with a different group of classmates but it may also be the most prudent choice to make. The first year of life is arguably the most defining one when it comes to the health of the child and the bonding it makes with its mother. So, a new mother may want to put school for one year even though it delays their career.

Ultimately, it is the expectant mother who must decide for herself whether or not they can meet the academic demands of their school schedule while undergoing a pregnancy – and they who will decide whether or not they will graduate with their class. At Your First Look Women’s Center, we would be happy to discuss the implications and ramifications of not graduating with your class. We can be found online at YourFirstLook.org or reached directly by phone with any questions at 567.455.1101.