Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Pregnancy and the GRE….

I recently took the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). I’m on the road to a PhD, so taking this test is a necessary step. The first time I took this test was in 2007. Then I was a carefree undergraduate student with no babies and no husband.

Fast forward 4 years and here I am taking the test again. This time I’m married with a pre-toddler and pregnant with baby #2. My how times have changed. I had to make some changes in my study habits and daily routines in order to accomplish being a mother and student at the same.

Studying for the GRE while pregnant was a major challenge and a particularly big change from the last time. I often had to leave my work area to use the bathroom or feed my rumbling tummy. Add my pre-toddler to the mix and I definitely couldn’t get any studying done. My son always wanted me to stop what I was doing to play with him. Finally, I enrolled him in hourly daycare on base which allowed me to get in a few hours of studying every other day.

The GRE is about a 5 hour exam with a 10 minute break every 2 hours. Before the test began, I told the attendant I was pregnant and was worried I may have to go to the bathroom before the scheduled break. She said it would be okay for me to go outside the breaks, however my time clock for whichever section I was working on would continue to run while I was gone. In a nutshell, going to the bathroom during the test could jeopardize my score by cutting into my time limit.

Thankfully the test is behind me and now I can relax (or at least try) while I await my scores. I’m glad I made it through, even with some challenges due to pregnancy. I think what helped me the most was the fact that my husband was supportive of my study efforts and I had an alternative daycare option to use when I really needed it.

Have you take any sort of major test or entrance exam while pregnant?

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