Prior to finding out I am pregnant I agreed to teach a summer course (I am a graduate student ). Now I need to decide if this is something I can do, and something I should do. The course will run from July 1 -July 30th (I am due august 6th). I am torn. Part of me feels obligated to complete the course because I said I would, and no one else in my department teaches this course. It would be nice to teach the course again, good for my CV, goid to hash out some pedagogical issues with the corse etc. Also, the additional income with a baby coming could really help.
But, I suspect teaching a 3 hour lecture 2 days a week, while standing in my last month if pregnancy is a decision I will regret. And what if there are complications? Or I go into labor early? (I could record the last week's lectures ahead of time, but not more than that). I really can't have someone take over for me.
My childless colleagues I have asked think teaching is a crazy choice. DH Aldo thinks I should take the month to prepare for baby and get work done on my dissertation as I fon't get as much done when I teach.
Thoughts? Is it crazy to take on a commitment that close to the due date? I need to decide soon before the course is posted for student entollment.