Shruti Sonavane - Class of 2018
Hi Shruti! We heard that you recently had a beautiful baby boy, which means you were pregnant during dental school! How did you manage dental school responsibilities and mommy responsibilities?
The motivation to finish most of the requirements before baby is born and help from my colleagues kept me on track to accomplish my dental school responsibilities. For accomplishing my mommy responsibilities I can’t thank my husband enough.
What were your biggest obstacles you faced during your pregnancy?
Lab work and tiredness at the end of day especially during third trimester.
How did you mentally and physically overcome your obstacles?
I use to meditate and do some light stretching exercises before going to bed. I would also like to emphasis that workplace environment matters a lot during pregnancy. I am lucky to have wonderful classmates, faculty and staff. My classmates helped me a lot in number of ways right from sharing notes, swapping rotation to lending their own patient to complete my requirements. I love them all!
Everybody in school took such great care of me. Especially since I am so far away from my family in India, the concern and love that people at school had showed towards me made my pregnancy a breeze.
How long were you away from school?
Was it hard to come back after your time off?
It was difficult but since I had my mom take care of the little one at home the transition was easier
What advice do you have for other females who are thinking about becoming a mom while in dental school?
If you want to be pregnant, 4th year is better. Have a list of requirements and a deadline set at least 15 days before your expected date (I delivered Ansh 3 weeks before ED) and work towards it!!