Six Months – Is pregnancy a career blocker?

Anybody that tells you that you are only pregnant for 9 months…is a liar. Anybody that tells you that pregnant women glow…is also an even bigger liar. Anybody that enjoys being pregnant…should probably be sectioned.

My name is Cara and I started this blog so others can relate to my experiences of juggling real life whilst dreaming about the next chapter of becoming a mother. I have spent the last 5 years concentrating on my career, putting that before most elements of my life and driving my own success and brand within the corporate world as a banking graduate. On the side, I have been supporting my husband raise his two boys and building a home for our ‘Modern Family’ to live in, this in itself can be a full time job. At the young age of 19, I took on the biggest challenge of a ready made family and therefore my journey to motherhood really started 5 years earlier. There is no book on being a step mum, there is no NCT class to help your family mould together, now adding a newborn to the mix…let the fun begin.

The desire to have my own child and fulfil the missing link that I have to my family has always been a strong desire of mine and one that has overwritten my desire to rise to the top of my career ladder. Can I have both? Can I climb the ladder whilst raising a young family? Have I just given myself the biggest career blocker at such an early stage in my career? These question will remain unanswered for now as I start my journey into Maternity leave and beyond.

I am now six months pregnant, four months away from my due date (not 3 as some may think) and I am ready…ready to be a mum and ready to have my body back. I am so fortunate to be able to have my own child but the extraordinary journey your body goes on to get there is hard….probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. My body just doesn’t respond in the way it used to. If I walk up a hill…. I sound like a 80 year old who has smoked 20 a day, if I am on my feet all day… I swell up like a balloon. Maybe I have eaten more cake than the healthy fitness person on Instagram but either way….I feel like an elephant and I dread to think what my body will look like post pregnancy. I know it will be worth it, I know I will probably miss feeling tiny feet fluttering inside me but for now…. I will moan every day.

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