I spoke with a close friend of mine who is a doctor and she said that aside from concerns about the chemicals the bodies are preserved in, she also wonders if I won't just be barfing the whole time.
Good luck deciding.
|yeah, I don't know if I could hang hanging out with cadavers pregnant. I'd wait, personally.|
And hanging out with cadavers is awesome! They never say annoying things or have grumpy days.
I took A & P II when I was pg with #3. Luckily, the cadaver was optional for most things as we had models and we weren't allowed to touch the actual cadaver (they couldn't afford many). But it was still in the room and OMG it stunk to high heaven. I would tell your teacher and see what they say-they can tell you if it's better to wait or if they can make arrangements for you.
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I do have to agree about the morning sickness issue, though, and lean towards doing it in the latter part of the pregnancy instead. Two reasons: 1) No matter how awesome you think cadaver lab is (and it's AWESOME), there are still times when you get grossed out unexpectedly, even NOT pregnant, and I'd be really suspicious of being able to tolerate the smells/sights/etc with morning sickness in action 2) they are often a few hours long, and you may not tolerate being in a food free environment for that long (exacerbating morning sickness issues as a result)
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We are expecting our first and I am almost out of my first trimester and working in a cadaver lab as a TA. I haven't had many problems with nausea in the lab but I have been lucky not to have too severe of morning sickness anyway. I talked tot he instructor about the formaldehyde and chemical concerns and also did a lot of research on my own. I keep the door open while I'm teaching, and the lab has very low levels of formaldehyde anyway. If you do take the class just double check that the ventilation is proper and that you stay super hydrated. Frequent urination will move the formaldehyde right through you once it gets in your system and gets broken down (which is right away if you're well hydrated). Anatomy is awesome but can also be a very challenging class so it might be better to wait til you have more time to devote to your studies instead of being so distracted by the excitements and challenges of pregnancy :)
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