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Curious to thoughts on “best time” to get pregnant/have kids. Am currently a first year consultant and would like to have one soon, but worried about my reputation and promotion timing.

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Of other women at my office with kids, I'd estimate 60% of those kids were born when the woman was a P, most of the rest at partners, 1 at PL (and quite a fe people will say PL1 is the toughest learning curve and most stressful). Speaking from firsthand experience it isn't easy balancing new motherhood as a Consultant. Less control over your schedule and your budget for childcare is more limited given the salary is lower (though I know we are well compensated) so you need a truly supportive partner or extended family to take up a lot of evenings/overnight care. But that is not to discourage you from having kids when you want them, rather the opposite that you shouldn't plan it around a job. The average tenure in consulting is a few years but family is forever!

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I was a second year consultant when I got pregnant with my first and was able to get promoted before I went on maternity leave, which was a nice relief, and it took the pressure off a bit for when I returned. Also, really nice to have maternity leave paid at the higher income.... That said, it can be really hard to plan the right timing, as you never know how long things might take. I tried to plan the timing of my 2nd, and it took a lot longer than I thought it would, so in hindsight I wish we had started earlier.

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I’m in similar 🚤 OP. I’ve heard there’s never really a good time, you just have to do it. Gonna go off BC and let Jesus take the wheel

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I got pregnant 1 month in and it was actually not a bad time. I actually think that in some ways the earlier the better

I will add that I was especially glad to be very networked and well regarded in my area of consulting before I went on leave, as I was then able to find local assignments and work out flexible work options upon return (i.e. working remote as opposed to at the client site)

That’s a good point A1. I think what I liked about doing it earlier is that it help me set sustainable boundaries from the get go. Because I’ve essentially always been here while either pregnant or with kids, I haven’t had to go through any big shifts in the boundaries I set or the way I work. It’s helped me be really consistent long after my maternity leave ended

I found it helped to wait until I was a PL with an established reputation. I had some difficult periods during my pregnancy and I think having a good reputation and advocates really helped me get through it while not feeling I had to “prove something.” But… as others say, it can be hard to time a pregnancy (plus hard in this career to know where you will be in six months) so if you and your partner feel emotionally and personally ready I wouldn’t necessarily hold off due to a work timing game.

Don’t worry about it. If you work for a good company it shouldn’t matter

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