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Getting your degree can seem much harder than usual if you're also pregnant or raising an infant. It doesn't have to be impossible, however, if you follow these guidelines. Here are just four ways to find success in school even with a little one on the way.

Plan Your Schedule Carefully

Don't sign up for classes on the other side of campus during your third trimester. Don't enroll in three-hour workshops when you have to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes. If you want to take your baby to class with you, email different professors and see which ones are willing to allow it. A little preparation today will result in a much more comfortable schedule tomorrow.

Talk to Your Professors

Open a line of communication with your professors about what you're going through. It's possible that they'll be willing to extend certain deadlines or make certain accommodations based on your unique situation. There are many things that can go wrong during your pregnancy, so it's important to be prepared for all scenarios and to put your health first. If you share these feelings with your professors, they might be able to help you with things like missed classes, late quizzes or sub-par grades that could benefit from a little extra credit.

Mind Your Finances

Raising a child will cost you more than $233,000 over your lifetime. Throw in all of the usual college expenses like tuition, textbooks and lab fees, and you're looking at a hefty chunk of change. The good news is that it's entirely possible to manage your finances as a new mom attending school. It might take some work-study opportunities or special scholarships for parents, but the resources are out there. You just have to find them.

Build a Support Network

You're not the only mom struggling to balance the demands of school and home. Ask your student center if there are any on-campus support groups for parents or pregnant women, and if not, expand your search to local churches, libraries and community centers. You can also find support groups for new moms through online meet-up sites. You're not alone, and having the right friends behind you can make all the difference in getting through the semester.

These are just a few tips for managing college as a new or soon-to-be mom. It may seem like a daunting challenge, but people do it every day, and you can be one of them as long as you're dedicated to success.
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly
Tuesday, July 11th 2017 at 11:01AM
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