now that I’m nearly 30 weeks pregnant, I’ve definitely started feeling like there’s a baby cooking inside!! to be honest, being pregnant for approximately 10 months total is a longgg time and when you’ve entered your third trimester like me, things get a little trickier. there are the physical limitations but there are also emotional changes that really effect the way you interact with your daily life. as I roll towards the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy, I can’t help but think about all of the funny things I encounter as a pregnant woman at a startup. some are good, and some are bad, but I have no doubt that most working pregnant women find there are positives and negatives in whatever career they pursue. here are the things I’ve noted so far about being pregnant at a startup:
- I continue to get good projects and challenging work – there’s no worries about getting left behind here!
- my time is flexible – if I need to work from home or on the couch in the lounge, I can
- there’s more flexibility to how I want to structure my maternity leave
- I feel like a badass 🙂
the harder parts:
- I have no idea where I’ll use a breast pump when I need it (girl’s bathroom? conference room?)
- I’m tired all the time, because of the pregnancy and because of all the work I have
- my hormones get cray, which is a hilarious combination with work stress and startup chaos (read: sarcasm)
- I’m worried I’ll be left behind by taking time off for maternity leave
- there’s less stability in comparison to a large company
despite all the ups and downs about being pregnant at a startup, I’ve also discovered how incredibly lucky I am to be at the company that I work at. when I first told my immediate boss and ceo that I was expecting, their reactions couldn’t have been better. even more so, I feel like it’s been celebrated and respected by everyone at the company. our maternity leave program is really great, not only for a startup but for any company, especially in the US. being able to work at a company where motherhood and working moms are supported is more than I could ever ask for, and it’s even better to know that I can still be the strong woman I strive to be, both as a mom and a career woman.
I’m curious on how it is for others out there working and pregnant (or already a mom!), so if you know of any others out there, I’d love to hear from you! I know there is a huge variation in experiences and perspectives, so I want to find ways to use my good experiences to help others improve their situations.