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Pushing through school while pregnant
Latrice Watts stands near the shelves of pretest study guides in the student book store. She is due to have her baby in December 2012. Kate Paloy | [email protected]

Uncomfortable? Yes. Attitude issues? Absolutely. Urinating non-stop? Oh my gosh!  Hungry all day? Yes, I have to eat or I will throw up, and it’s not pretty.

Is it easy being pregnant and going to college? No. My life as a pregnant student is taking a toll on me. It’s getting harder and harder, as my pregnancy progresses.

I feel tired all the time. In fact, I’m usually exhausted and don’t want to do anything at all. Most of the time I don’t even want to go to school or do my homework.

I have to, though, because I don’t want to be a failure. I just want the best for my unborn son, Mykel. Having kids makes you want to change and become a better person. I fight through the pregnancy pains and still come to school, and do what I have to do. I want to be a good role model for my son. I want him to know one day that he can be whatever he wants, he just has to do things he’s never done before.

Still, being pregnant is not fun at all. Everyone says it’s a beautiful thing, but not to me. The only thing I think is beautiful about pregnancy was the feeling I had when Mykel kicked for the first time. And the ultrasounds. I have a picture of Mykel’s whole face from the ultrasound, which I love.

Waking up in the middle of the night, tossing and turning. Trying to get comfortable to get rest, so I won’t be too tired at school, is impossible. Most nights I don’t sleep at all:  my body aches and my eyes are blood-shot red. I have no energy the next day.

While I try to get ready for school, my body doesn’t want to get up. Well, Mykel doesn’t want to get up. It’s his way or the high way, simple as that. I fight through the tiredness and get ready to get on the bus to go to school. I have to get ready two hours early to make it on time.

One of the worst parts is walking to the bus in the heat or cold. Mood swings set in and riding the bus and light rail to school irritates me. Someone always stinks. My sense of smell can pick up every little thing, which makes me want to gag sometimes.
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Being pregnant in class sometimes means I just want to sleep, and I don’t really pay attention. I have to go home early and miss class if my pregnancy symptoms make me feel bad. But I push myself to go to school every day because it’s important to me.

Education is important and I want to finish school. Sometimes I almost just quit and stop coming, but I endure the physical drain of being pregnant and continue.

Pregnancy takes over your body. It’s a struggle being on your feet all day and walking from class to class. Being a reporter for the Express means I have to do more walking, as I hunt people down for interviews.

But I feel like I’m accomplishing something more than just sitting at home getting fat and being bored out my mind.

School is one of the most important steps to a better future so that’s why I make myself come to school and ignore how I feel. I’m counting the days down until my bundle of joy is here, but I can’t wait until school is over and this baby is out of me.

Hearing Mykel’s heart beat when I hold him for the first time is going be wonderful after all the pain I’ve gone through and will go through when giving birth.

Thank God for the epidural.

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