A college student in Kansas City was determined to finish her semester on time and on top, even if that meant powering through her last exam while giving birth to her first child.
Nayzia Thomas, 19, knew that once her son arrived, he would be her first and most important priority.
So, the sophomore at Johnson County Community College threw herself into her studies in the weeks before his birth, she told InsideEdition.com.
“I was feeling I needed everything done because once he got here that was going to be my only focus,” she told InsideEdition.com. ”I didn't need any distractions.”
That included her final psychology exam, which was due at the end of the week of Dec. 11.
“My professor was very considerate about working with me, but she was impressed with my determination to finish,” Thomas said. “I told her I was determined to get it into her because I didn't want that [incomplete] on my grades.”
Thomas was so determined, in fact, that she completed the final while sitting in her hospital bed preparing for labor. Her mother snapped a photo of the soon-to-be mother hard at work on her paper while also hard at work in labor.
“My mom took this pic & it’s the perfect explanation of my life,” Thomas said on Twitter of the photo. “Yes I’m about to have a baby, but final (season) ain’t over yet.”
She turned in her paper about 12 hours before she gave birth on Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. to healthy baby boy, Anthony Johnson.
“Although I was in pain, I felt a sense of pride and relief to be finished with this fall semester!” Thomas said.
Thomas experienced major blood loss and her body went into shock post-delivery, but she has since recovered.
“It was very scary, but his father was right there to take over when I went unconscious. We are blessed!” she posted on Twitter. “AND I'm finishing the semester w/ a 3.5 GPA!”
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10 foods to avoid if you're trying to get pregnant
10 foods to avoid if you're trying to get pregnant
1. High-mercury fish
Mercury can damage the nervous system, which means that consuming mercury-rich seafood like swordfish and bigeye tuna while pregnant could directly harm the fetus, says registered dietician Kendra Tolbert. (The FDA recently updated their guidelines about safe and unsafe choices, see it here.) Eating high-mercury fish before you're pregnant could build up stores of mercury in your body, which could also affect the development of the baby's nervous system. "The fetal nervous system is being formed before most woman even know they are pregnant," explains registered dietician Suzanne Fisher. Mercury may also decrease fertility.
A fewstudies have also linked soda—both diet and regular—to lower fertility. "We think it’s a combination of the inflammation and metabolic changes caused by too much blood-sugar-spiking sweeteners and gut-bacteria-changing artificial sweeteners," says Tolbert. Plus, many soft drinks come in containers that have BPA and other chemicals you might want to avoid.
3. Trans fats
Trans fats, which are found in foods like certain chips or microwave popcorns, baked goods made with shortening, and fried foods, can cause inflammation and insulin resistance, which lowers fertility, says Tolbert. And in excess, they can damage your blood vessels, disrupting the flow of nutrients to the reproductive system. Men should also go easy on trans fats while trying to conceive because they decrease sperm count and quality.
4. High glycemic-index foods
If you want to increase your fertility, avoid foods that make your blood sugar spike, especially if you're not pairing them with foods that slow down that rise. "Blood sugar spikes can cause inflammation, alter our hormones, and impede ovulation," says Tolbert. Try to choose slow burning carbs, like whole-wheat bread and pasta and brown rice over refined ones when possible, and combine them with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
5. Low-fat dairy
Low-fat milk, yogurt, and other dairy products may contain androgens, male hormones that get left in when fat is removed, says Tolbert. These foods and drinks may spur your body to produce androgens, which can interfere with your menstrual cycle.
6. Excess alcohol
The CDC recommends that women who could get pregnant avoid alcohol entirely (not exactly realistic), but if you're going to drink, Tolbert suggests capping it at 7 drinks per week. Alcohol, like mercury, can contribute to infertility, and it depletes your body of the vitamin B, which improves your chances of pregnancy and supports a fetus's growth.
7. Unpasteurized soft cheeses
Cheeses like Brie, Roquefort, Camembert and Gorgonzola have a higher risk of containing listeria, which can increase your risk for miscarriage, says Fisher.
8. Deli meat
Processed meat like lunch meat and hot dogs, as well as smoked fish, are also vulnerable to listeria contamination. If you want to eat deli meat, Fisher recommends heating it up until it's steaming to kill bacteria.
9. Raw animal products
Raw meat, seafood, and eggs might contain salmonella, coliform bacteria, or toxoplasmosis, which can infect a fetus if it passes through the placenta, says Fisher. Make sure to cook all animal products thoroughly, and skip sushi, carpaccios and the like.
10. Certain bottled and canned drinks
Only drink out of cans and plastic bottles you and your partner know to be BPA free, since BPA can reduce fertility in both men and women. If you use a water bottle, Fisher suggests getting a stainless steel one.