Having a high-risk pregnancy can make you feel like your whole world is collapsing. So many women have to cut back on work or stop working all together. And once baby comes, depending on circumstances, you may be unable to return to career for years, if at all. It's stressful and heartbreaking but there is hope. On this episode, Meg shares with us how to create your dream career despite having a high-risk pregnancy so you can have your dream family and career and enjoy both too.
Meg shares her story of her high-risk pregnancy and her near-death experience that her doctors almost missed
One of the hardest parts of her pregnancy as how no one was listening to her about how bad her symptoms were
She shares how her doctor often waved off her concerns and brushed over them as normal pregnancy symptoms
The most shocking thing her doctor told her when she said she doesn't feel right continuing to work
How stopping working during her pregnancy resulted in her family being on public assistance and how she still believes it was the right decision for her health
The symptoms that scared Meg into knowing something was very wrong
Why she hoped for a positive gestational diabetes test
How routine bloodwork resulted in an immediate trip to the ER a one-week stay in the hospital in the cardiac unit
Why her doctor told her that she's lucky to have landed in the hospital and how she would not have survived through the weekend if she hadn't
Meg describes her hospital stay as an episode of House
How Meg was misdiagnosed with her complications and didn't realize it until she was pregnant again
How her pregnancy changed how she advocates for herself medically and how it changed the way she parents her daughters
The moment she realized she couldn't go back to work again
The #1 thing that mattered to her the most: creating memories with her family
How losing her father at the age of 12 impacted her career and parenting decisions
What she tried to start her own business (e.g. Etsy and direct sales) and how that led to her dream career
Leading with her #1 most important value set the stage for a career she never imagined
Why she left her business to work at Facebook and why she left only one year later
Her powerful message to women who believe they cannot create the career of their dreams
Her tips for women who have a corporate job and want more flexibility
Her message of hope for all women going through a high-risk pregnancy whose careers have been impacted by health complications
A high-risk pregnancy can change your life but you can create a new life that works best for you and your family's needs.
Resources from the show...
Check out Meg's business (Website)
How financial stress impacts the health of a high-risk pregnancy (Listen now)
Free webinar on the mind-body connection to stress management during a high-risk pregnancy (Register)
Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)
About the Guest
Meg has been marketing to moms for 8+ years and is a former Facebook employee. She's the founder and CEO of EIEIO Marketing, a digital marketing agency focused on Facebook Marketing. She left the 9-5 in 2017, so that she could be the mom she wanted to be to her 4 young daughters. After helping her daughter launch her first business, Storytime With Kiki, at the age of 10, Meg began the FamilyPreneur Podcast: an interview-style podcast for parent entrepreneurs, raising entrepreneurial children.
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