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Morgan, Physician Assistant

David Binder, 2012, © David Binder

 
 
 
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Kalahn, health-policy researcher, Washington, DC

Greg Miller, 2012, © Greg Miller

 

“Many women of color have a narrative in their mind about being able to do it all. We are accustomed to a certain level of stress. But it takes a  toll on the body. I am learning from it.”

—Kalahn, health-policy researcher, Washington, DC

 
 
 
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Laurie, Surgeon

Carol Guzy, 2012, © Carol Guzy

 
 
 
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Anne, Deli Worker

Joan Liftin, 2012, © Joan Liftin

 
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Melissa, Retail Customer Service

Sage Sohier, 2012, © Sage Sohier

 
 
 

“Pregnancy influenced my career plan. It made me want to do more for my daughter. Once the baby’s here, I know I’ll have more confidence to pursue what I went to college for. 

I actually didn’t realize what a beautiful thing pregnancy was. Now I feel more connection with babies and ladies who are pregnant. My mother didn’t work when she was pregnant. She wanted me to take time off sooner, but I didn’t want to. I wanted to keep myself busy as long as possible.”

—Alicia, Cashier

 
 
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Maria, Book Designer

Arlene Gottfried, 2012, © Arlene Gottfried

 
 
 
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Ginna, Ballet Dancer and Instructor

Marilyn Shapiro, 2011, © Marilyn Shapiro

 
 
 

Laura, Trainer and Gym Owner

 
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Vanessa, Personal Trainer

Wayne Levin, 2012, © Wayne Levin

 
 
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Laurie, Surgeon

Carol Guzy, 2012, © Carol Guzy

 
 
 

Alicia, Jazzercise Instructor

 

“I thought I’d feel like this happy, growing flower, but I felt more like a sick weed. I would teach my class, get off the stage, go throw up, and get back on. Working was what got me through my pregnancy. It was my one hour each day that I didn’t think about being sick. That’s what made me feel good. Pregnancy is not a deal breaker. It’s important for women to know that they can be pregnant and still do their job.”

—Alicia, Jazzercise Instructor

 
 
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Jenn, Elementary School Teacher

Tony Gonzalez, 2012, © Tony Gonzalez

 
 
 

Julissa, Workplace organizer

 
 
 
 

“With all four pregnancies, I worked and scheduled until the last minute, including a wedding the week after my son was born. I said to the family, ‘The only thing that will keep me from being there is being in the hospital.’”

—Jacqueline, Rabbi

 

 
 
 
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Neyara, housekeeper

Cristiana Ceppas, 2012, © Cristiana Ceppas

 
 
 
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Allison, on-air host, Yahoo News, New York

Greg Miller, 2012, © Greg Miller

 

“I work in the same building as my wife, and I get to see her working pregnant. I don’t think most guys are that lucky. It’s given me another window into her work ethic. I always knew she loved her work, but she really loves her work. I’ve said to her, ‘You have the ultimate out now.’ She works harder. Infotainment is a field where appearance matters a lot. I think a lot of women wouldn’t go on the air pregnant. I tell her she looks fantastic.”

—Aaron, Allison’s husband, also an on-air host

 
 

Laura, Attorney

Mary Frey, 2012, © Mary Frey

 
 
 

Julie, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Ithaca, New York

 
 
 

Rebecca, teacher and psychologist

 

“When you’re pregnant, your life is in some ways public. Psychologists are trained to keep personal things out of the client relationship. Students are different than clients, but still they know something very personal about me. It is public knowledge. I never felt embarrassed. In fact, at times I felt that I’m a positive role model for some of my students: I take care of myself, I’m expecting a child, I’m teaching. I’m a professional. I’ve only seen glamour shots of pregnant actresses like Demi Moore and Jennifer Lopez. I don’t think I’ve ever seen pictures of professional working women.”

—Rebecca, teacher and psychologist

 
 
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Emma, J.J. Foley's

David Binder, 2012, © David Binder

 
 
 

Saquawana, Caregiver

 
 
 

Emily, farmer, West Tisbury, MA

 
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Zimra, veterinarian

Alan Orling, 2012, © Alan Orling

 
 

Elizabeth, apprentice electrician, Los Angeles

 

“The photos were unposed; Elizabeth chose her clothing and how to present herself. She felt like she has two very different ways that she presents herself, depending on whether she is working or not, so we tried both on the same day. She has to be really pared down at work, men’s clothing, no makeup.”

—Natalie Faye, photographer

 
 
 
 

Tiffany, Cook, and Stephanie, Restaurant Owner

 
 
 
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Eva, social worker, on the Purple Line

Melissa Ann Pinney, 2012, © Melissa Ann Pinney

 
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Mariluz, Nanny

Sylvia Plachy, 2012, © Sylvia Plachy

 
 
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Amanda, Health Educator

Lori Grinker, 2012, © Lori Grinker

 

“My mother, Marta, worked through her two pregnancies, as a telephone reservation specialist for Pan Am. At the time, Pan Am was trying to build its multilingual workforce, so her thick Spanish accent was not viewed as a hindrance. But I still face and enjoy breaking the myths that pregnancy is a time of weakness and disability. It feels really good to facilitate a daylong training and have people say ‘wow, you are doing a lot for someone who is pregnant.’ And respond, ‘I feel great.’”

—Amanda, Health Educator

 
 
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Jessica, Museum Administrator

Winni Wintermeyer, 2012, © Winni Wintermeyer

 
 
 
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Anna, American Sign Language Interpreter

David Binder, 2012, © David Binder

 
 
 
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Cristal, Dog Walker

Brian Rose, 2012, © Brian Rose

 
 
 

KristIn, Second-grade Teacher

 
 
 
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María Teresa, Political Lobbyist

Carol Guzy, 2012, © Carol Guzy

 

“No one tells you about the metamorphosis your body goes through; that part of pregnancy is still surprising. Also surprising is the number of cheerleaders you didn’t know you had. I’ve never had so many homeless people greet me before! There is something about it that sparks people.”

—María Teresa, Political Lobbyist

 
 

Angelenne, Manicurist, and sharonda, client

 
 
 
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Meghann, Museum Membership Officer

Tony Gonzalez, 2012, © Tony Gonzalez

 
 
 
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Christine, Corporate Executive

Marilyn Shapiro, 2011, © Marilyn Shapiro

 
 
 

Lisa, Hotel Clerk

Mary Frey, 2012, © Mary Frey

 
 
 
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Mariluz, Nanny

Sylvia Plachy, 2012, © Sylvia Plachy

 

“I had to work to pay my rent, save for my baby. I was so proud and I felt very strong that I could work, that they valued me, and that I could do a good job. I would wake up earlier in the morning because it would take time to figure out what still fit. Then I would leave for work early, because I wanted to be very careful.”

—Mariluz, Nanny

 
 
 
 
 
 

“Nausea is a feeling of impending doom. I tried supplements, B12, small snacks, sucking hard candies. None of it helped. Sometimes I’d wear a mask because body odor from patients exacerbated the nausea. When patients went on and on about their aches and pains, it was hard for me to not look at them and say, ‘Try being nauseous all day!’ Then I’d wonder, ‘Am I just not tough enough? Am I just not handling this pregnancy well?’”

—Nicole, Physician

 
 
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Cait and Katy, Research Scientists

Ellen Banner, 2012, © Ellen Banner

 
 
 
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Alexis, Stage Manager

Sylvia Plachy, 2012, © Sylvia Plachy

 

“I was nervous to approach my supervisor about needing to pump milk at work. Not because there was any bad vibe, but no stage manager on the show had ever done this. It wasn't like there was a rule book. Every show’s culture is different. Every woman is different. I had to approach my boss with a concept, and then he would work with me. I had to figure it out.”

—Alexis, Stage Manager

 
 
 
 
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Kerry, Waitress

Lori Grinker, 2012, © Lori Grinker

 
 
 
 
 
 

Elizabeth, Cattle Rancher

 

“A lot of people didn’t know I was pregnant. Not that I was hiding it—I just wanted to focus on work. I sell my beef at a farmers’ market where I know many people, and it’s hard to talk about your pregnancy with every single person: ‘I’m doing well today,’ ‘I’m doing well today,’ ‘I’m doing well today.’ So I saved it until I was about seven months. Until then, I wore a big coat and stood behind a large table with all our beef on it. People were more interested in the beef than the belly.”

—Elizabeth, Cattle Rancher