When I was three months pregnant, I told my teacher I needed to go to the restroom, but he refused to let me go.

So I said, “I need to. I’m pregnant and I’m going to go.”

Instead of understanding and letting me leave, he said that I needed a nurse’s note. Then he laughed and said, “You’re pregnant?!”

“Yeah,” I said, and walked out of the room.

After that incident, I had  problems. I had pain and spotting. I had a bladder infection.  I went to the school nurse.  I told her about my pains. I told her, “I’m pregnant and my teacher doesn’t let me use the restroom.”  The nurse called my parents to come and pick me up. They took me to the emergency room. Finally, I got some papers to take to school from my OBGYN.

I showed the papers to the nurse, who gave me a confidential note letting me use the restroom when I needed it. When I went back to the teacher and showed him the note, he still said I couldn’t go, saying it had to be in my school file. When I got up to use the restroom during class, the teacher called the nurse, who told him I had a note.

But after all that, the teacher would also say to me “Oh, there you go again with your note,” every time I had to leave the classroom.

What’s my advice to other pregnant students? From the moment you find out that you’re pregnant, ask your OBGYN for papers to take to school, see the school nurse, and get a confidential medical note saying you can leave. That way, you can keep your information and your situation confidential, and you won’t have to risk telling teachers or other students who might be rude or not take you seriously.

“Nezlyn,” 17 years old

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Annie D.

This is why female teachers are awesome. I was about 6 months pregnant and a senior in high school. I had english class then econ right after. Each class is 2 hours long, so about 30 minutes into english I really had to go. We were watching a movie so i got up and asked if I could go. You could clearly see i was pregnant and my teacher knew and he said no. I was holding myself the whole works. Pretty sure i was leaking as well. The bell rang and I rushed to my next class because the lines are insane unless you go during class. I told my female econ teacher i had to pee and that I was close to having an accident. Our School has a rule where your not allowed to leave the room until 10 minutes after the tardy bell so I had to wait 20 more minutes. I started crying cuz it was really hurting and since i sit right next to her desk in the back i told her I couldn't hold it anymore. She got the teacher next door to watch her class and she took me. I didnt make it so she went to get my baby daddy out of his class so he could get my spare clothes from my locker and he gave it to my teacher. The male teacher got suspended after I went to my principle.