Trying to get a promotion while pregnant - futile effort? I've heard they're probably gonna stall me until I'm back from leave. 😑

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Why not try. If they promote you, it's a guarantee you'll come back.

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@GCD - Totally hear you, and thank you for the input. My situation is a bit different bc I'm already essentially doing the job of a CD, and I'm partnered with someone with a CD title. So my role wouldn't change too much. I'm also the breadwinner, so I don't have the option to go part-time or freelance, unfortunately. 😩

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Oh shit in that case all bets are off. Why is your partner a CD? If you're partnered with somebody who has a higher title and essentially doing the higher-title job, you should absolutely ask for the equivalent title.

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Ugh. Sorry.

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Basically remove the "A" from my ACD title - so it's not that complicated of an ask

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Still going here...I got promoted about a year after I came back. Which was perfect for me. But, you know, it's hard no matter what. I had to travel to a pitch with a five-month-old sidekick and pay a sympathetic coworker to babysit her during rehearsals and the pitch meeting.

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Partner and I were paired up after each of our partners left the agency and we worked together on (and won) a pitch.

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Go for it. If you are qualified you should get the promotion whether your baby is due in 6 months or tomorrow. The responses here bum me out because this is exactly why women don't stay in creative jobs in advertising. I was more effective and more creative once I had kids. Go for it. No apologies! Come back to the job you want to come back to.

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Seen it happen once at the C-Suite level

I've asked...and have been told "be patient with us". Sigh

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What's the promotion you're gunning for if you don't mind me asking

You might not want to push too hard before you have your baby. It takes a good six months to a year to feel like you know what you are doing as a working mom. And several of the CDs who had babies about the same time as me ended up leaving to go freelance. They realized quickly after having their babies that they just didn't want to deal with the full time grind. Not saying that you should coast or lean out or anything but that you might want to give yourself some breathing room. I know I needed it.

Coming back to a new title will be hard, but so is going back period. If it's what you want I say keep pushing!

GCD1- Juggling travel can be rough it makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only one with the occasional infant business travel companion. I've had to have my own mom come babysit my son at the hotel for the day and another trip where I had to arrange for a backup daycare spot at a corporate center near my client for the two days I was there 😭

OP Smash it and own it. Sounds like you have a clear case, especially off the back of a pitch win. Where are you based country-wise? Might have some helpful resources. Also are bosses aware of pregnancy yet? Wasn't quite clear from your OP.

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