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7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part V

Okay, so way back on November 30th, I committed to tell you about the fifth myth on my list of seven myths: 5. Breastfeeding is Easy and Natural. This was sort of the inspiration for the entire series. I was sparked to write the series when I realized that some of my girlfriends had no idea about what breastfeeding and being a working mom entailed. This realization also made me remember how clueless I was about the same subject before giving it a try myself.Here are the truths: It is complicated, time-consuming, often painful, and anything but easy. I suppose…

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7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part IV

Okay, so it has been more than a “few days” since my last post. While I promised to keep up this series on a regular basis, I found this particular post difficult to write.The “truth” to be shared in this post #4 is this: You can only count on yourself to make your life what you want it to be. Even then, there will be things that are out of your control and that have to be dealt with in the best way possible, often requiring compromises.Here is my story… I have always been career driven. I was one of…

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7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part III

Okay truth #3: Post-Partum depression is very real and can affect those who least expect it.I am not positive that I suffered from clinical PPD after the birth of my first child. The truth is that I never told anyone (until now) about the symptoms I experienced. However, I cried a lot. I worried like crazy. I often felt helpless and alone. I never had the urge to hurt myself or the baby but I had moments where I had to let him lie in the crib and cry while I pulled myself together. I knew that the hard times…

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7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part II

Okay, as promised here is Truth #2: Lamaze classes are not required training.I know, I know.... I am really going to hear it from OB docs, lamaze trainers, doolas, natural birth advocates, etc. So, I will repeat what I said in my first post in this series and that is that this advice is my own. It is meant to share some things that I learned the hard way during my first pregnancy and attempts to balance new motherhood with working in a demanding profession. I am not an expert. Here's the thing. I was busy while I was pregnant.…

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7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part I

Shortly after my post about lactation rooms at BigLaw I had a brief conversation about breastfeeding with a friend (also a lawyer) who has not yet had children. The conversation reminded me of all the things that non-mothers don't know about motherhood.I was one of those people that carefully timed my two pregnancies to fit into my professional schedule. (I had both kids before law school but while I was working in an arguably more demanding career with greater responsibilities.) The first pregnancy was timed almost exactly and very purposefully so that I would give birth between a planned extended…

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