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Tips for Returning to Work After Baby

Posted on 04-10-2015

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No one can fully prepare you for when you have to return to work after having your baby. This is because everyone responds differently on an emotional level. Some moms will be overwhelmed with the task while others might feel guilty about being eager to return to their old lives. Here are several ways that you can prep yourself for this transition.

Rest Up

Set a goal to be in bed by 9 p.m. in the final weeks of your maternity leave. One of the biggest complaints that working moms have is that they are exhausted. By insuring that you’re putting your sleep as a priority you will be allowing yourself to avoid any emotional or physical breakdowns.

Practice Makes Perfect

When possible arrange for your childcare to start a week before you return to work. This will allow you to practice your new daily routine and ease yourself into the emotional discomfort of being separated from your infant.

Maintain your Support System

Don’t hesitate to learn on your friends and family for emotional support throughout the first several months of this transition. Try to aim for regular weekend get-togethers with friends or join a “mom and baby” class to meet other moms who might be going through the same situation.

Find the Right Child Care

As a mom it’s up to you where you feel comfortable leaving your infant during work hours. If possible it’s recommended to research your options while pregnant so that you can make an educated decision.

Many child care centers do offer infant programs that will offer a range of development programs for your baby. Be sure to check out the facility and meet with staff to see if that particular center is right for your infant.

The end of your maternity leave might be one of the most emotional transitions for new mothers. The first couple months might not be the easiest but they are crucial to getting into the routine of your new life with baby.

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