It’s official. I am no longer the only pregnant one in my class! And I’ve got to say, it is SUCH a relief. I don’t know why it makes a difference, but it really does.
I think it is probably because when you are pregnant in med school, most people treat you like you are insane. I’m not insane. In fact, I’m probably one of the sanest people you will ever meet (…or at least I like to think so)! But there have definitely been moments where other people have caused me to rethink my decision. Wait…AM I insane?!
My husband and I decided years ago when we got married that we wanted to start our family while I was still in school. We didn’t want to put off something great in the hopes that maybe our lives would be easier next year. There is always a reason to wait, and the reality is, our lives are never going to be easy. When I am out of school, there will still be residency. And when my residency is over, I will be a doctor, probably working 80 hour weeks. And, thanks to medical school, I know that the longer you put off getting pregnant, the harder it is and the greater the risk of complications.
Now, I’m not saying it is for everyone. But that doesn’t make me insane for choosing it for myself. And it is just nice to know that I’m not the only one out there who is pregnant in med school.
It hasn’t been easy, but, insane or not, I am still 100% on board with my decision. I love being pregnant in med school, and I hope that it will seem a little less insane in a few years, and maybe someday, it will even be normal!
I went to a health conference the other day and one of the doctors talked about pregnancy in medical school and said “it’s simple, I wasn’t going to put my life on hold for medical school” – you are truly an inspiration for all us aspiring female physicians – remember that when things get a little tough [:
Congrats! that is awesome. I think it would be nice share the experience with someone else. I am considering the same thing as you said there is really no such time as good timing for planning a family in medical career for women.