HOW TO DEAL WITH MOTHERHOOD WHEN YOU GET BACK TO WORK AFTER YOUR MATERNITY LEAVE?
Motherhood although beautiful, can be a tiring affair. It brings with it a bag of new responsibilities, hectic everyday schedules and an overwhelming sense of anxiety. This is especially hard for those mothers who are approaching the end of their maternity leave.
Should I go back to work?
Will my baby be okay if I leave?
Can I manage the workload and at the same time be a dedicated mother?
Will my family think that I am a careless mother if I start working again?
All these insecurities whisper their way in, leaving behind a trail of wariness and uncertainty.
Here we have certain tips and guidelines that one can follow to help you boost your confidence and make a smooth transition into a working mother.
HAVE EVERYTHING MAPPED OUT
Female employees are entitled to a 12-24-week maternity leave, even in the case of an adoption. To meet the needs of both your work and the baby, it is advised that you plan everything out weeks prior to the end of your leave.
- Not every company has a creche, so you might have to leave your baby for hours at times. In that case organize the baby’s feeding schedule, update your baby’s caretaker on their duties beforehand, map out your daily schedules/ to-do list, prep your meals and so on.
- If you are working from home, you can develop a schedule that will allow you to work when your baby is fast asleep.
- Try having a trial run with your caretaker to see how your baby adjusts
- If your company has a baby care, try bringing him/her to work and see if you can handle it
A DETAILED DISCUSSION OVER COFFEE WITH YOUR BOSS
Although coffee is not a necessity, lay things out on the table in front of your boss. It is expected for you to face a few setbacks and at times you might have to prioritize your baby over your work. Surely your boss will appreciate the honestly and will be considerate with the situation.
TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME
Don’t jump right in. You can start out by working part-time and gradually increase the hours.
BE PUNCTUAL AND CONSISTENT
Now you have another life depending on you. On top of that you also have a commitment towards your job. So, procrastinating and running from your duty is not the solution.
KNOW ABOUT BREAST FEEDING RIGHT
The maternity benefits allow the new mothers to take nursing breaks of prescribed duration to express breast milk for a nursing child. These breaks are fully paid until a child reaches the age of 15 months. Also, pump out the milk according to your baby’s needs before leaving for work.
It would be beneficial if you look for support from your family, relatives or your close friends. Also, you can consider childcare options
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Take some me-time to rejuvenate yourself. A healthy you equate a healthy mother and a productive worker. Embrace your motherhood and work equally.
A few extra tips for working moms:
- Get some workouts in
- Get enough sleep
- Stay connected to your friends, have fun once a while to boost your mood
- Step away from perfecting mindless stuff, use your time wisely. Spend it with your kids instead.
- Get baby monitors in case you are leaving your baby for a long time period
- Kids like to be nurtured with love and attention so try to spend time with them every day.
Leaving your child at home can no way be a hindrance to have a successful career. You can build a career and simultaneously be out there for your kids at the same time. Successful women all around the world have managed career and motherhood with equal elan’.
For that matter a study says daughters of working mothers often perform better than daughters of stay-at-home moms.