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It’s not always easy to balance everything when you’re running a business, let alone pregnant on top of that. Here are some tips to help you better understand this future change.
Take maternity leave
Who would dare refuse it? Especially since it’s not like you’re being offered a vacation anyway.
However, while an employee can be replaced for a few months, a leader cannot be away that long.
At the risk of seeing the ship drift away. They often don’t even think about it. At most, they will stop for one, two, three, maybe four weeks tops.
To give yourself the best chances of managing this new life as a mother while remaining an informed entrepreneur, take this advice into consideration.
Learn to set limits
Being pregnant is a bit of a race against time. A working day will not be the same at three months as at seven months.
In other words, don’t plan on taking business trips for a while. Also, forget about meetings that end in the middle of the evening. You have to learn to preserve yourself.
You must learn to prioritize your daily tasks even more strictly. As the weeks and months go by, anything that doesn’t deserve your attention needs to be delegated to coworkers.
If you do not respect this, you will not hold up. And, in the end, it is the business that suffers.Running a business while pregnant can be a challenge for business leaders, but it can be done with these tips! Click To Tweet
Need someone to balance your books? Hire an accounting student who has finished or still studying for the EA exam.
Need someone to do data entry? Hire someone from Upwork or Fiverr.
Delegate as much as you can as you close in on your due date.
Learn how to evolve your role as a leader
The company will not be the same after these nine months.
Between nausea, fatigue, and other inconveniences linked to this “happy event”, you will sometimes be at half of your capacities.
Agree to work more by email, Skype, and Facetime as the need arises.
Notify the company of your pregnancy
Some people are uncomfortable around pregnant women. It’s best to keep your gushing to yourself and tailor your speech to your audience.
However, it doesn’t hurt to include – within reason – your adventure. Why not draw parallels with key moments in the life of the company: buyout of a company, creation of a new sector, etc.
To facilitate the conversation, leaders should bring the topic to the table early on.
Understand that you are not a superhero
These nine months will turn the routine of the company and its leader upside down.
While you may be used to being head honcho now you will have to delegate some of your current tasks. This is where having a competent staff is a must.
If you need to go home early, trust your staff, and do it. It’s better for the business.
Don’t waste your time and energy on things that can easily be done by someone else. You got this!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.