I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant and due in mid-December. I will be on leave during our performance review period and just started at my company in April. We have “development check ins” this month to discuss career growth and development opportunities and I need to come prepared to discuss my career goals. The thing is my main goal at the moment is to maintain work life balance through the rest of my pregnancy and I am struggling to come up with anything more to say. Any words of wisdom?

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Have you already communicated your pregnancy to the org?

For me: given you haven't been there for that long, I would stay in the topics of progress to date re:

1) learning the company/business/stakeholders/culture - what you've done and where you still want to learn
2) any short and discreet learning courses/webinars/topics you want to take prior to your mat leave
3) long term leadership qualities or soft skills you want to grow (I.e., persuasion, negotiation, presentation skills, etc)

And then woven into the career growth/development conversation, you could make mention of how you will effectively meet your required deliverables as you wind down heading into your leave and touch on balance within that ("want to align on what I can effectively deliver in this limited period") - but I personally wouldn't emphasize it more than that.

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Thank you, this is super helpful! Appreciate it

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