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Being Pregnant Has Affected My Job Performance

This week on Game Plan: The anxieties and excitement of going on maternity leave.

You spend more time at your job than anywhere else. Hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Francesca Levy take a close look at the way we live our lives at work -- our frustrations, dilemmas, habits, and anything else that happens in the office.

There's a lot of talk about balancing kids and work, but what about the nine months before the baby comes? This week, Francesca and Rebecca talk about going on maternity leave, something Francesca has some expertise in because... She's pregnant! In her last episode before heading out on leave, Francesca talks about the career anxieties and excitement that she's had for the better part of a year, as she prepares to leave her job until December. She also admits something semi-scandalous: That being pregnant has affected her job performance. Doctors appointments and the sheer biology of carrying around human life can get in the way of office life.

Jordan Salcito, the beverage director at Momofuku, joins the show to talk more about how work and pregnancy can be almost diametrically opposed. Not only does Jordan's job involve a fair amount of alcohol, but in the middle of studying to become a master sommelier she found out she was pregnant. She talks about the challenges of balancing her career and the realities of pregnancy. 

And, finally, at the end of this week's show as we say goodbye to Francesca, we welcome her substitute host, Businessweek's Sam Grobart.



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