When I found out I was pregnant, my first thought was: “What am I going to tell them at work!?”
And, with that thought came the harrowing sense that I imagine I would have felt had my teenage self had to of told my Italian papa that I had Juno’d myself.
Probably not the thought of a responsible adult in good health that was supported by amazing colleagues and clients and progressive benefits. But, there it was.
I had worked really, really hard. I had put in the long hours. I took on the really tough projects. I read and studied so I could stay on the edge of my industry and my craft. I volunteered. I contributed. I was a team player. And, I deeply feared that telling my manager, clients and mentors that I was ready to be a mama would somehow negate all that good, hard work.
My worries weren’t unfounded, I later discovered.
Everyone has at least some preconceptions about pregnant women and those ideas could affect you. In very good ways. But, also in potentially career-limiting ways, too.
There was the British scientist whose invitation to speak at a conference was retracted because she was 7 months pregnant and they didn’t want to jeopardize her health. Or the communication director (me) who was questioned repeatedly by a senior partner if she could handle presenting at – let alone flying to – a meeting in London.
Ridiculous, right? Yet, those are the realities many pregnant women still face today.
We can’t fully rewire people’s thinking about pregnant women. But, you can neutralize some of this thinking when it’s directed toward you. And, as you do so, you can reaffirm that you are a still a responsible, dependable employee who can deliver even while pregnant.
In today’s episode of The Crazy Good Life, you’ll learn the three factors you should consider when planning your baby announcement at work.
To help you put these tips into action, I’ve created a worksheet for you.
Now I’d love to hear from you. How did you share your baby news at work? What was the most surprising reaction you received once you did? Your experience could help another mama as she plans her announcement.
Or, if you used the tips in this week’s episode and the worksheet, let us know what worked for you.
Thank you for reading and watching.
P.S. If you know a mama who needs planning her pregnancy announcement at work, please share this episode with them.