Running your own business can be a huge challenge when you are pregnant, but the right knowledge and planning on how to handle business and pregnancy help you tackle your hurdle that comes your way.
Let’s start with a moment. Suppose you hear the news that you are pregnant, your first thought would be ‘yay’ and the second would be ‘oh crap, I destroyed my business.
Your reactions may very but it probably would be the mixture of excitement and worried feelings.
Well, the entrepreneurial journey is a roller-coaster ride; it needs a lot of dedication and hard work. So is motherhood. What happens when a businesswoman gets pregnant?
How to handle business and pregnancy perfectly? When the matter comes about selecting between their business and their kid, how does a women entrepreneur prioritises? And more interestingly, what are the misconceptions they have to battle now? Here’s complete guidance with step-by-step process on how to handle your business and pregnancy at the same time perfectly.
How to Handle Business and Pregnancy Both
Do Planning in Advance
You will have to understand that being an entrepreneur and balancing an infant is not a short-lived need. You must have a full-proof plan ahead to win the game.
Stop making perceptions in advance that because you are pregnant or with infants, you will be less committed to your business.
Ask For Help
Agreed that pregnancy and breastfeeding are truly what only women can do. But in other parts like caregiving and managing your kids, ask help from your partner.
In many families even today it is perceived that caregiving is primarily a female responsibility. Stop doing this, encourage and appreciate the increasing role of men in care giving.
Moreover, as working women, the role of help that you create around you at home is one that plays a vital role in your overall game. Just like a start-up business, for your child, having the right care-giving team and making blocks in place helps in success.
Accept that you are Not a Superhero
No doubt, pregnancy is full of enjoyment. But it always needs an adjustment in expectations and in your work routine as well.
In the first trimester, women started feeling nauseous and functioning at less than almost percent of their normal ability. In reality, they have to struggle hard to pretend they are feeling normal.
In the second trimester, the situation gets tougher. So you should be clear among your team and family members at least. Try to adjust your work according to what your body is saying.
Decide When to Disclose
I understand that telling your clients about your pregnancy is really a tough task. Because when you let people know that you are pregnant, you may not consider being able to work with the same efficiency.
Obviously, during pregnancy, you cannot work with the same ability. Several clients may thing that you are leaving the business and so on. But you should disclose them.
See, if your clients, employees, and anyone in your business are not able to accept your pregnancy, a condition that only lasts nine months, they cannot accept you having an infant, a kid, and a grown child.
Instead, you should announce your pregnancy with enthusiasm. Also, share your plan for what the new being in your life will mean for the company both before and after birth to tackle the doubts about your ability to run the business effectively.
Having a baby in your tummy is no piece of cake. It is like ticking time bomb in your tummy.
When you pass three to four-month in pregnancy, you have to look at your calendar and decide what items you are going to prioritize in the months and weeks leading up to the baby’s birth.
It helps you in prioritizing and moving stuff off easily that does not matter. You can apply the same thing in your business. Cancel those meetings that are not in your priority list, and divide your work among those that can be done by your team member too.
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