Are all the classes requiring attendance? Or are some online friendly?
Did you keep breastfeeding and pumping during the day, or any other arrangement? (I had to triple feed my baby and that would definitely not have been compatible with M-F away)
How was pregnancy during the application cycle? When was your last interview?
How are you guys managing with your partner having a full time job?
-At my school, lectures are not mandatory! All are recorded and posted shortly afterwards. However, there are still quite a few mandatory sessions: labs, small group discussions, and the weekly clinical skills class. The first class for us was anatomy, which had almost daily labs—that meant A LOT of mandatory sessions to start out the year.
-Breastfeeding was a huge challenge, and 100% my school schedule was the reason I had to discontinue long before I was hoping. My situation was just not BF/pumping friendly. There was no nearby pumping room/pod, so literally in the middle of anatomy lab, I would dip out and use the restroom (unhygienic, obviously, but I had no other option). Happy to discuss this more at length via PM!
-I hid my pregnancy during the interview cycle. The latest interview I did, I was 25 weeks (first week of February)—definitely was bursting out of my suit, but still looked more weird-shaped than pregnant. Totally your call & a very personal decision, but the process is so competitive and there are so many unknowns—I was not willing to risk my pregnancy being held against me. I actually turned down a late interview because I didn’t want to attend while visibly pregnant.
-It’s been very hard, but I have no regrets about it—I wavered briefly on asking for a deferment, but I’m glad I didn’t. The beginning was INSANELY stressful—finding childcare, husband job hunting, getting WIC set up, figuring out how to study, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, all alone in a new place, and (maybe most of all) worrying about money pretty much constantly. Once we settled in, it was better, but it’s never stopped being a struggle. The sleep deprivation was really the toughest part. How you handle it depends on so many things—a mix of your support system, some luck, and your personal traits/coping mechanisms. If you aren’t okay with just passing (or at least some of the time), and if you aren’t okay with your kid not having your undivided attention, juggling kids and school might not work out so great. But if you can embrace the chaos, accept some stress & loss of control, cut yourself and your partner some slack, all while remembering why you wanted to do this, this is the life for you