Going Back to Work After Baby
Where has the time gone? It seems like you just had your baby and now it's already time to return to work after maternity leave. You're probably filled with all sorts of mixed emotions about going back to work and leaving your baby. You may feel guilt about going back to work—or guilt that you're looking forward to some time away from baby! It's only natural that you'd be nervous about going back to work and about juggling your job with your new responsibilities as a mom. Here are some things to keep in mind to make your first week back at work after maternity leave a little less stressful:
Make sure your child-care situation is set up and that you're comfortable with it. It's probably a good idea to give the day care or nanny a trial run for a day or two before you return to work. You should also set up a backup child-care plan.
Try to schedule a short week for your first week back—if possible—to help ease the transition.
Ask friends and family for support. You may consider joining a support group for working moms.
You're being pulled in two directions so it's only natural that you're stressed. But you're not going to be any good at the office or at home if you're rundown and sick. Try to get some rest (easier said than done, we know!) and squeeze in some exercise (even a walk around the block will help!).
Bring a picture (or a few) of your baby to put on your desk at work (but don't go overboard. Your co-workers might not appreciate it).
If you're breastfeeding, buy (or rent) a hospital grade pump and find out if there is a pumping room at your office.
Before you return to work, draw up a morning schedule (keep in mind that it will all take longer than you expect!).