Lots of expecting mothers have to balance work with the demands of their pregnancy, but Nayzia Thomas was in an even tougher situation.
The 19-year-old college sophomore learned she was pregnant this summer, and most of her friends and family expected she would put her education on hold during the pregnancy. But the dedicated student said she had no plans to take things easy.
In fact, Thomas worked a full time job while continuing to study psychology and neuroscience at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Thomas stayed in class until she was 39 weeks pregnant, just days before the fall semester ended. She expected to finish the entire course, but her delivery was a little earlier than she expected.
As in, she was still finishing a paper when she went into labor, and a photo of her in the delivery room proves it.
my mom took this pic & it's the perfect explanation of my life. yes i'm about to have a baby, but final SZN ain't over yet 🤓📚 pic.twitter.com/7LyrDBE9iN— nayzia' (@naydxll) December 12, 2017
“I was at 2 centimeters when I was finishing the paper,” the determined mom said, “The contractions were painful, but I have a high pain tolerance. I thought ‘Before this gets unbearable, let’s get this done.’”
In fact, Thomas had three more days to submit the assignment, but realized she would have no time to finish it after the baby was born.
“It wasn’t due until the end of the week," she told People, “[I thought] ‘before all this gets crazy let me hurry up and finish this final.’"
Not only did Thomas pull it off in time, she also dealt with a grueling delivery as soon as she handed the paper in.