There’s a lot to think about when it comes to having a baby, and if you’re working then you have one more item to add to your to-do list—planning your maternity leave. Hopefully you’re already aware of the essential stuff, like how much leave you’re entitled to, what forms you need to fill out and how to get your baby on your insurance plan. If you’re not—now is the time to ask! And while you’re meeting with your boss, take a look at these questions below from Stephanie Kramer, the chief human resources officer at L’Oréal USA and the author of Carry Strong: An Empowered Approach to Navigating Pregnancy and Work.
In her book, Kramer interviewed hundreds of working mothers across the country to create a guide for how to successfully navigate pregnancy at work. She argues that you don’t just have to power through pregnancy at work—you can be powerfully pregnant at work. You just need a little know-how. Here are seven questions she recommends you ask your manager and yourself in order to set you both up for success now and in the future.