Carry Strong: An Empowered Approach to Navigating Pregnancy and Work

Penguin Life. May 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780143137283. pap. $20. PARENTING
As the chief human resources officer at L’Oréal, an instructor at Fashion Institute of Technology’s graduate business program, and a mother of two children, Kramer is no stranger to balancing work with a pregnancy. Inclusive of the phases from pre-conception to returning to work, this book spotlights the principles of perspective, balance, community, communication, and identity. The author makes a point to say that pregnancy in itself is work, but in September 2020, she surveyed 400 women who worked full-time throughout their pregnancies. The book clearly states that the research did not include self-identifying gender-nonconforming individuals or manual laborers. Some readers, however, may be put off by that limited range of participants and workplaces. The book deftly tackles determining the right time to have a baby, the cost of maternity leave and caring for a baby, and handling infertility or pregnancy loss as a working professional. Each chapter ends with reflection questions and personal stories from pregnant moms.
VERDICT The book would’ve benefitted from a more inclusive study sampling. Nonetheless, it is jam-packed with practical and important information for women within the scope of its realm.
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