My first child was born three months before I started my academic career at Pace. I quickly gained an expertise in teaching without sleep. This upcoming semester, I will be embarking on a new adventure -- teaching while pregnant.
My nervousness around the experience centers mostly on the steep stairs in my classroom. I am a klutzy person. Pregnancy seems to exacerbate this condition. As my girth expands and my balance lessens over the course of the semester, those stairs will loom before me as a daily challenge in concentration.
I also wonder, however, about student reactions. As a youngish female professor, I already have a different relationship with my students than most of my colleagues. I have been told multiple times that I remind students of their older sisters. They tend to be less formal with me, spend lots of time in my office hours, and bring up topics that have nothing to do with class. I briefly considered establishing a more formal relationship (cutting off non-class related discussions during office hours, calling them by their last name, hiding my tattoos, etc.), but decided that it just wasn't me and I have to embrace my own style. It makes me wonder, however, how many people will want to talk about the baby. I expect they might ask when I am due (Jan. 6th) out of a concern that I won't make it through the semester or whether it is a boy or girl (I don't know) out of curiosity, but what else might I expect?
Do those of you who have gone before have any insight or advice to share?