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My m/s has just barely started to rear it's ugly head today (I'm just over 5wks) and I have absolutely NO CLUE what I will do if it gets really bad. I teach at an all-girls Catholic high school and I was having a hard enough time maintaining a conversation with my husband today...how am I ever going to teach 50 minute class periods to teenage girls??
And then there's the problem of actually physically being sick. I'm in a different building than the staff toilets, and am two floors away from the student toilets. I really don't want to have to hurl in the bin in the hallway, or face the barrage of questions from the girls if I do. I also think they would find it weird if I all of a sudden started snacking on crackers while teaching. They would see right through it and I really don't want to announce until after the first trimester is behind me.
Was/is anyone in a similar situation and have any suggestions?
First pregnancy I was a high school teacher and found it really, really hard. The floor cleaner that the cleaner used used to make me vomit and I didn't want the other teacher's in my office to find out.
nibbling on crackers all day helped. I reckon you're overestimating the kids - they'll be more annoyed that you're eating in class when it's against the rules. And if the guess then just laugh it off.
Its the tiredness that you'll find the hardest. I used to have my head on the desk dead asleep! Make sure you keep your feet up and make the students do all the hard work for you. I would come home and sleep for 2 hours on the couch.
Look after yourself!
When I was pregnant I was also teaching. I hadto eat almost non stop to ease the sickness, so I told them straight away that I was pregnant and that I hadto eat and they were fine with it lol. They didnt even blink an eye as I stuffed myself with biscuits through the lessons lol
:iagree: had to do the same, just sit and snack through it. The students will be more concerned with your eating than what the cause of it is! I am sure you can bluff through it...
i teach kindy and today was the worst day yet! they know i'm prego but i doubt they understand morning sickness so i didn't try to bother to explain...one of my students coughed up a big ball of phlem and decided to show me and i just started dry heaving in the classroom! they all thought it was hillarious:barf:not me!
the washrooms are also far from my class so i let the teacher next door know in advance and just knock on her door as i run past!
:hugs:oh i feel for you.
I had to run for it so many times, i could never time it in between periods.
Kids are dumber than you think. I had to eat and i even had to suck on ice blocks and they did not twig. The couple that did were too shy to say anything anyway.
I had to make sure i left on the bell. i had to schedule meetings in the morning and i would head home and sleep for two hours and then finish my work. - sleep when you need to
The best thing i did was tell my collegue in the classroom next door that i was pregnant. ( i told her before my mum!) this way when i needed to make a dash for it she would keep an eye on my class for 5 minutes. I made up a booklet that the kids could do by themselves, so when i needed to go i would tell them it was booklet time. needless to say they finished the book:laughing:
it seems like forever now but, soon you will be able to tell people and then it gets a lot easier.
I just ate crackers non stop and sipped water (with a drop or 2 of lemon). When I finally told the kids a few said "I knew it", but a whole lot had no idea :laughing:.
I have a rule that kids can eat in class as long as they are not pigs, so no one noticed the 'extra' food in the class :D
I also ran out of the class a few times for the loo. I had senior kids though, so no one questioned what was happening.
It is bad when you're stuck in the classroom so I feel for you
I know they look very conspicuous, but I found that travel sickness bands completely stopped my actual vomiting, and eased my nausea- If you wear a long sleeved top you should be able to hide the bands completely.
Also, sucking on a hard lolly, such as a eucalyptus lolly, helped me so much- You could always tell your students you are getting over a cold and so have to have eucalyptus lozenges.
I was teaching while suffering form hyperemesis, the drugs helped but the only food/drink I could tolerate were grapes and Milo. So every class I would arrive with my big cup of Milo and a lunch box full of grapes......................I told my students (and everyone else) right at the beginning that I was pregnant (I've never been a believer of keeping it a secret until after the first trimester) but that's just me.
It became a joke (the grapes and milo) and that actually helped. Some of the students actually brought me in a whole bag of grapes one day.....they were a lovely group.:cloud9:
Im a primary school teacher and although I never vomitted I had severe nausea alllll day...I would be talking to the class or reading a story and would almost throw upId stop talking and the kids would just look at me strangely while I tried to let it pass hehe... what i did was keep ginger beer on my table and continually drink it...worked a treat!!
HTH and congrats on your pregnancy!!!!
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