Bringing up baby
Carmel Curtis and Diana Rosof-Williams are medical students, and parents of small children. Here they give some practical advice on how to cope if you decide to have a baby at medical school
Your time as a medical student can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of your life, as well as one of the most stressful. Add pregnancy, childbirth, and a baby into the equation, and your coping strategies may be stretched to the limit. Having said that, being a medical student and a parent either with or without a partner can be done--we are here to prove it.
Most women will find out they are pregnant during the first trimester, when there are few physical signs other than perhaps fatigue or morning sickness. The decision whether to have the baby is difficult and highly personal, but people other than friends and family can help you reach a decision (see further information box).
If you decide to have the baby, resist the temptation to keep the news to yourself. This trimester can pack a real punch and you may