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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 11:24 AM   1
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Pregnant and writing dissertation


Hi

Just wondered if there is anyone else out there pregnant and writing their dissertation?

My MA dissertation is due in in September, and baby due early October.

Am finding it really hard to get motivated at the moment (today I have written a grand total of about 25 words!), and thought that if there is anyone else out there in the same situation it might be good to link up with them so we can offer each other support, motivation etc.

Really need to crack on with it just incase baby comes early but right now seems to be last thing on my mind!!

Thanks

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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 12:40 PM   2
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I am not writing a dissertation, I finished my degree in 2009 thankfully, but I can totally relate as I went back to College last september to do a cache level 3 in supporting teaching and I had an essay due in this week that I just KNOW i'm gonna have to re-do. I can't get motivated, and when I was writing it, I kept getting mind blanks. I honestly couldn't think of anything to write when I knew all about the topic, it was so frustrating! My manageress called me in to the office for 'a chat' too, basically she said that she thought I wasn't putting as much effort in to my job and that my mind was elsewhere... Well, DUH! I'm having a baby, of course my mind is elsewhere! And of course I can't put much effort in to the job because I can't bring in heavy deliveries! Plus, she cut all my overtime so stuff the job! It's not worth having for lousy pay every month, plus I'll be leaving for maternity and NEVER going back!!! Sorry for the mini rant, but yea it is so tough!



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 12:49 PM   3
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I'm not doing a dissertation i finished uni a good while ago but I didn't want to read and run, just wanted to say Good Luck!!

(p.s the no motivation thing is usual with dissertations pregnancyis probably just making it worse! It's amazing the things you'll do/stuff you clean in procrastination when try to do degree work!)



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 13:20 PM   4
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Im doing a doctorate and sept is due date for methodology, proposal and lit review. I've done absolute jack and need to get my arse in to gear, but im also have a demanding full time job, a work exam I have to do in July and I'm absolutely shattered from just being pregnant...

So, no, I'm not doing a full dissertation at the moment but I am in the same boat and jst as naughty as you for not having more of it done



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 13:49 PM   5
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I'm 18 weeks and I'm doing my MSc exams next week (3 of them in a week!! )
And then dissertation is due end of August... And I have a full time job.
So I'm going into extremes from panicking to "i reaaaaly don't care"

But you'll be fine! Plenty of time left!



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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 13:51 PM   6
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How long does your dissertation have to be?

I'm currently working on my thesis proposal for a PhD. Should be making a slide show right now, but am procrastinating terribly.



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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 13:58 PM   7
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Hey A_Z... off the topic.. Nov 14 is my due date as well

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How long does your dissertation have to be?

I'm currently working on my thesis proposal for a PhD. Should be making a slide show right now, but am procrastinating terribly.



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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 14:10 PM   8
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I finished mine in April, it was really hard with LO and being early stages of pregnancy, but it was such a relief to finish. I really struggled for motivation, the only thing that kept me going was that I knew I wouldn't ever finish my degree if I had to try and write it next year with 2 LO's!



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 14:45 PM   9
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Thanks for your replies ladies. I have to write between 16-18,000 words. Nice to know that I'm not the only one going through this. Am going to look at next week as a fresh start and try and knuckle down and make some progress. Am also considering a reward system for myself once I've completed each section!! Time to get focused and off my arse and make some progress. Haha.



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Old Jun 14th, 2012, 15:07 PM   10
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Hiya,

Not doing a dissertation, finished that in 2005.... I have just sat an exam fora human biology exam which ive been studying with the OU. I found it really hard because in my last module I had the most awful sickness in the evening which wiped me out for about 6wks. Ended up getting really behind on the course and struggled to revise properly (if at all) for the exam.

Just wanted to offer some support - set yourself up with a plan, perhaps to have a 1,000 words every week or so- some you'll do less, some you'll do more. A reward system is a really great idea

I remember when I did my dissertation I wish id not rushed it at the end as I ran out of time to do everything. By making yourself a time table you'll have something to work to. You have to be so disciplined but it will be worth it..... Do you really want to be doing your dissertation when your heavily pregnant? Try & get as much as done as you possibly cab.....even in a rough draft then you can tinker as your deadline gets closer. Oh- reference as you go along...... This will save you a HUGE headache at the end!!

What is your dissertation on btw? xx



 
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