My Entire World Changed Overnight—Episode #136 with Priti Krishtel

The process of adopting a child can be long, laborious and fraught with uncertainty. You never know when you’ll get the call or how long it will take, or when you might become a parent. For Priti Krishtel, she got the call late one night that her kid was here, and she jumped on a plane to be at the hospital on the other side of the country just 24 hours later.

Minimalism, Motherhood and Doing Less — Episode #135 with Cary Fortin on Decluttering in Life, Home, and Work

Behind all of our stuff are a series of questions: What is the purpose and the joy of the space? Who is it serving, and why? What are the meanings behind the things you have, and what do you want the space to do for you? Cary Fortin is joining us again today to talk about minimalism, motherhood, and decluttering.

Career Twists and Turns: Unconventional Career Paths — Episode #134

When your career takes a sudden twist, what do you do? Today we tell two stories around career pivots: Brea, who found herself pregnant and unemployed—so she started a consulting practice while in her third trimester. And Tara, who left the work world to raise kids and then, eight years later, wanted to return to work. How did they do it? Here’s what it looked like.

Are You An Entrepreneur? An Inside Peek At The Wise Women’s Council — Episode #133

We need more places to grapple with the reality of entrepreneurship and parenting: the grief, the rage, the sadness, the confusion, the joy, the sorry, the changes. The journey to figuring things out, creating new life, and building new businesses can be scary, overwhelming, and hard. Today we listen in as three women share their journeys over the last year, and what they’ve learned about themselves through the process.

How To Streamline Your Business — Episode #132

This Fall, I took a break from podcasting for three months to focus on writing projects. It turns out “doing it all” isn’t possible, not here, not anywhere—not for me, at least. In my experience, there is always a priority, and you either choose or it chooses for you. This Fall, I took a hiatus from podcasting to focus on writing. Here’s the latest update—and our newest minibook.

Short and Sweet — Episode #131

What happens when three weeks go by and you make no progress? I’m a little nervous to share because I feel like I haven’t made any significant strides yet. But I’ll still account for what I have done, and why the space has been useful (even if I don’t have anything to show for it yet).

Goal Setting, Making Progress, and Minibook Updates — Episode #130

For the fall podcast hiatus, I’m on a break so I can focus on writing. This is my second writing update, and I have big news for you! We shipped our second minibook and I’m even reading an excerpt out loud on the podcast. Hip hip hooray!

Make Space, Opportunities Fill — Episode #129

For our fall podcast hiatus, Sarah’s on a break so she can focus on writing. In this first update, she shares how much changed even in the first week of making a decision to pause—and why making space was so important. (Plus, a huge piece of hers was published in Harvard Business Review the week she decided to pause—coincidence? You decide!)

The Startup Pregnant Podcast:

This show looks at deep human questions around what it means to become a parent, grow a business, learn, and grow. 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.

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


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


101 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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