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When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was just a few short weeks into a big new job, and I was terrified. I instantly felt as though I didn’t “deserve” my job and that my managers and colleagues would be disappointed in me. As the daughter of a stay at home mother, I had no clue what working motherhood should look like. I was thrilled to become a parent – but had no idea what to do at work.

When I finally got the nerve to tell my coworkers, after months of hiding my pregnancy at work, I was instantly relieved at their support. But privately, I approached my mentor – also a working parent – and told her how worried I was about how I would balance everything, and how I wasn’t sure what working motherhood would look like for me.

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