The Startup Pregnant Podcast

This podcast is like the mentor or older sister you wish you had, with stories from modern women carving out a new vision of work, career, and family. 

The podcast looks at deep human questions around what it means to become a parent, grow a business, deal with success, and learn from failure. Motherhood, fatherhood, parenting, startups, and entrepreneurship are similar in so many ways, and this show gives us a chance to learn from these profound life-transforming journeys. 

On this podcast, host and entrepreneur Sarah K Peck invites us to listen to stories of motherhood and startups, and what it means to create these new things from scratch. 

We hear from highly successful women (as well as co-parents and fathers) about the growing pains and collective wisdom they’ve gained by bringing new creations—whether businesses or children or both— to life.

There isn’t one narrative for success: the show’s widely varying guests remind us that there isn’t just one story or one path to make your way in this world. Let’s get inspired to reinvent and reimagine what work and parenting can look like.

What I’ve Learned From Recording 100 Episodes of the Podcast — Special Episode #100

When I looked up and realized that we were nearing the 100th episode of the podcast, I knew I wanted to do a special show. It’s been a wonderful year and a half of producing this show, and I’ve learned so much from making, creating, and interviewing. Here’s what I learned, what surprised me, and how we’ve improved our processes over time.

From Music and Brain Scientist to Brand New Career — Episode #099 with Christine Koh

She was on track to become a neuroscientist: she’d hit all the markers, from prestigious fellowships to a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and MIT. She was about to become a professor when she switched careers—and became a parent. Now, she’s an “internet unicorn” with multiple platforms and businesses, an author, and has a brand-new career. Christine Koh tells us how motherhood moved her career in a completely different direction, and how she (almost) never looked back.

The Wise Women’s Council — Episode #098

We’re opening up applications for the 2019 mastermind, the Wise Women’s Council. If you’re looking for a community of like-minded women navigating motherhood and entrepreneurship, listen to this episode for all of the program details and how to apply.

Baby Update: Welcome Back, Sarah — Mini-Episode #097

Sarah’s coming back online after being away for the last three months on maternity leave. She welcomed her baby boy, Henry, to her family in October. Here’s a quick update from her as she gets back into the studio.

The Science of Personality and Why It Matters for Your Business — Episode #096 With Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a journalist turned researcher who got curious about what makes people tick, and she believes that when it comes to business, personality is not a nice-to-know, it’s a need-to-know.

Creating ‘Mantras in Motion’ as a Dancer, Teacher, and Entrepreneur — Episode #095 With Erin Stutland

Mantras can be helpful in reprogramming our thinking. Erin Stutland’s background in dance and interest in human development grew into ‘mantras in motion.’

Trauma, Sex, and Somatic Experiencing: How to Better Understand Birth and the Postpartum Periods — Episode #094 With Kimberly Ann Johnson

Kimberly Ann joins me to talk about the experience of childbirth and the crucial postpartum period, when time to heal is a necessity, not a luxury.

Top Ten Podcast Episodes of 2018: Pregnancy, Parenting, and Postpartum Health

A lot of milestones for our podcast: we turned one in October, and overall we released 63 new episodes in 2018 (92 episodes overall). As we get closer to our hundredth episode, I wanted to take time to look back and reflect back on the journey we’ve been on. What I gather from the most-listened-to episodes is that people are hungry for the truth. The real stories of parenting, motherhood, and postpartum recovery. These are the episodes that resonated.


The Startup Pregnant Podcast features interviews with pioneering women entrepreneurs, exceptional leaders, and new parents as they navigate what it takes to grow families and grow companies.

There is more than one story of motherhood, and more than one way to run a successful business. “Startup Pregnant” is about the deep-rooted power that growing businesses and babies requires, and about what happens at the intersection of parenting and work—what life really is. When we take on the adventures of raising businesses and babies, we go on a wild journey as people, professionals, and parents. That’s what this show is all about.

Here are some of the guiding beliefs that inform our conversations:

“In My Experience,” — the Startup Pregnant mantra of collecting stories from one lens of experience, rather than attempt to tell widespread truths to apply to everyone.

“Teach me” — when we don’t know something, we embrace learning readily and we aren’t afraid of failure, looking messy, or being wrong.

“Good for you. Not for me.” — Amy Poehler — we can make many different decisions and there is no one right way to do it. Across it all we thread together the collective wisdom from birthing new projects and forging new identities, one story or experience at a time.

“You don’t have to do things the way they’ve always been done.” — We cultivate a curiosity around experimentation, exploration, and change. Just because it’s always been done one way, doesn’t mean we have to do it that way going forward.


Thank you for making this podcast—it is EVERYTHING I’ve been talking about for the last year. You’re so right, if I can make and keep a human alive, of course I can start and grow a business. Thank you also for sharing the hard bits, that you’re afraid to even tell your best friend.

— Britt Holton

Your new podcast is pretty amazing. It's one of those things that's gotten under my skin in all the best ways since the day it came out and I've been talking to anyone who will listen about the interviews and the conceptual framework you're pioneering. It's hard to put into words just how powerful I've been finding it, actually—and I'm not even a parent!

— Emily Kerr

I discovered the Startup Pregnant podcast a few months after my son was born, and I fell head over heels for the authentic portrayal of this massive shift into motherhood. I was craving being known, seen, and understood during this incredibly challenging time and that's what Startup Pregnant offered immediately.

— Sharon Stolt


81 Five-Star Reviews

“I’m loving this podcast! Sarah is a master interviewer, and she keeps the perfect flow and tone throughout each conversation. It’s rare to find a podcaster who can make you feel like you’re just having a chat with a friend over coffee, while still asking such poignant, crucial, and sometimes challenging questions. As a new mom and an entrepreneur, this is the first podcast I’ve found that really speaks to the challenges and joys I’m facing.”

“Sarah’s podcast dives into issues in business that I never considered before. It’s a must listen for any leader who wants to better understand how to help their colleagues and employees grow their families as you scale your business.”

“Sarah interviews mother-entrepreneurs about their journey as leaders and parents. For mothers, this will become the go-to resource for motivation to work and insight into building a business while being a mother. For men, it’s a fantastic way to build empathy with all the trials and tribulations women go through that we will never experience. Thank you Sarah for crafting this.”

“This could be the most important business podcast of our time.”

“This is a crucial conversation that is missing, for the most part, from our cultural conversation.”

“I feel like this podcast is finally talking about the things that matter to working mothers.”

“It’s hard to find people GET it, but I can tell this is a new must listen for me.”

Meet Sarah K. Peck, the show host:

Sarah K Peck is an author, startup advisor, and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s the founder and executive director of Startup Pregnant, a media company documenting the stories of women’s leadership across work and family. She’s a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), a 20-time All-American swimmer, and an entrepreneur. Her writing and work has been featured in more than 70 different blogs and publications, and she’s spoken at Harvard, Penn, Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and at conferences around the globe. She’s currently writing a memoir of working in the tech startup world while pregnant with her first kid.

Our wide range of guests join us in a conversation with truthful, honest stories about what it really looks like to be a parent and run a business.

Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy listening to these episodes. New episodes go live every Monday morning at 5:30am—just in time for the work week.


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