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Owerri, Imo State. Nigeria. The objectives of this study was to determine the
level of awareness of challenges of pregnancy on the academic performance of
nursing students, types of academic challenges due to pregnancy and the effects
of pregnancy on the academic performance of nursing students in IMSU. Three
research questions were formulated to guide the work. Literature was reviewed
based on the objectives. A descriptive survey design was used in which 62
respondents were selected using census survey. Questionnaire was used to
collect data that was analyzed using frequency, percentages and charts. Pilot
study was conducted and reliability coefficient of 0.8 was obtained. The study
revealed that 50 (80.6%) of the pregnant nursing students are aware of the
challenges of pregnancy on academic, the students experience challenges such as
physical discomfort in 24(38.7%), reduced concentration span in 17(17.7%) and
missing of lectures in 53 (85.5%). These affect their academics as they result
in (30.6%) absenteeism, (27.4%) low academic performance, (24.2%) difficulty
adjusting to motherhood as pregnant students and (17.7%) rewriting of courses.
Conclusion was drawn based on the findings.
Recommendations and suggestions were made for further studies were made.
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