Expecting and Teaching with Morning Sickness
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Thanksgiving is a time when we stop moving so fast and look at our lives to realize what we are so thankful for. It is a time for families to come together to laugh, cry, and share life's celebrations. With this in mind, I am pleased to announce that my family will be growing! Our new baby will be coming in May! My husband and I, along with our son Mason and puppy, Oreo, are very excited. I am finally feeling much better although I am still dealing with some morning sickness. Here are some tips that I hope will be helpful if you're teaching with morning sickness.
This has been my second time teaching with morning sickness. I know from experience that it is not an easy task. Here are a few helpful tips that I hope will assist you, if and when, you go through this exciting, but difficult time.
- Tell someone at work you trust. It really helped me this time around to tell someone. It sounds so simple, but just being able to share how terrible you feel can make a huge difference. The first time I didn't tell anyone and would call my husband crying on the floor when my students were at recess.
- Have a variety of snacks and lunches. I am the type that has many food aversions. Eating was, and still continues to be, very difficult for me. Having a variety snacks on hand was helpful to find something I could stomach. Frequently, I couldn't wait until recess to snack, so I would eat a few items while teaching. My students didn't mind. I explained that since I get to school much earlier than them, I have to eat breakfast really early and need to have a little snack to keep my brain working.
- Drink water. I know we are so into our teaching and the students that this is easily forgotten, but staying hydrated is essential.
- Stay busy, but don't overdo it. Make sure you know your limits. Many people were shocked the first time I was pregnant because we made an award-winning movie during my 1st trimester. Keeping myself busy on a project helped. This time around I had to make some alternate plans. There were days that I had to take it easy and have my students work more independently because I felt so sick and tired. Either way my students learned.
- You can't do everything. This is a good tip regardless of morning sickness or not. I always have to remind myself that I can't do every learning activity about a topic that I want to. There is just not enough time. I have to pick out some and know that I'll have the chance to do more next year when I feeling better. (Actually, I will probably be more tired after running after 2 kids!)
- Sit down. Many people would think this is a no brainier, but as primary teachers we know this doesn't happen often. I make sure to take breaks and sit down throughout the day.
- Try to leave school work at school. This is another difficult task. I had to learn how to maximize my time and know that there is no way I can get everything done in my classroom. It is a never ending task. It is important to take time for yourself and rest after a long day at work. You are completely exhausted in your first trimester and you really need this. I'm pretty sure I was going to bed earlier then some of my students some days!
Morning sickness is so difficult to deal with, let alone having to teach young children at the same time. Unfortunately, many teachers go through this difficult stage alone while waiting for the 13th week to come around. I hope some of my suggestions will help those of you out there experiencing this. If you have ever taught with morning sickness and have more advice please share it with me.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!