Amy Jain b
Co-founder and CEO
of BaubleBar, a fashion
Even more challenging than
running a company with kids
was being pregnant. I had
hyperemesis, which is extreme
morning sickness. I thought it
was really bad with Chloe, and
then I had it with Sienna and
realized it was a breeze with
Chloe. With Sienna, it stopped
at 16 weeks. With Chloe, it
lasted about 20 weeks.
I couldn’t function. I had
nausea and couldn’t keep food
or liquids down. I was throwing
up a lot throughout the day. I
lost weight and nutrients. It has
a snowball effect.
The people who got me
through it were my team,
whom I let know pretty early
on that I had hyperemesis. I
also had really bad pregnancy
brain, so I would spout gibberish like, “Left, tree, blue,” and
they’d be like, “Amy wants us to
run an analysis if we’re going
to open a retail store in Dallas.”
And they would just do it.
At one point, I couldn’t get
out of bed for weeks. I was in
and out of the hospital, and my
team just saved me. I developed
a bond with the people who
basically ran this company that
will never, ever go away.
—As told to Emily Canal
There’s a little-spoken-about reality among
female founders: The life stage at which
women are starting companies happens to
coincide, for many, with the time they also
decide to have a baby.
According to Inc. and Fast Company ’s 2018
State of Women and Entrepreneurship survey
(which begins on page 53), 63 percent of
female founders have kids, and 13 percent of
those plan to have more. Twenty percent of the
ones who aren’t mothers intend to have kids.
Being an entrepreneur and having a baby is
inspiring—but messy. Trying to get pregnant can
be emotionally excruciating. Pregnancy messes
with your hormones. Childbirth wrecks your
body. All this while you also happen to be
running a company. These founders open up
about everything from IVF and “pregnancy
brain” to pumping between investor meetings.
Photographs by Holly Andres