Anticipation... anxiety... guilt... excitement...
As a new mom, the thought of going back to work after maternity leave can come with a roller coaster of emotions. Being away from your newborn seems unimaginable and at the same time you look forward to reconnecting with your drool-free co-workers.😅 It may seem as if your pregnancy hormones are resurfacing. Trust us, this is perfectly normal. 😌 With the right mindset and preparation, the transition back to work can be smooth and manageable.
Here are some tips to help you navigate this transition and juggle it all.
1. Set Realistic Expectations
It's important to remember that there will be challenges at first. Setting realistic goals for yourself in terms of work and motherhood will ensure that you do not get overwhelmed trying to reach unreasonably high standards.
2. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead can make you feel more in control and less stressed. Prioritize what needs to be done and make a schedule that works for you and your family. Here are a few options to consider as you make your plans:
Test out childcare options ahead of your return date.
Build up a supply of frozen breastmilk and plan times to pump at work.
Introduce bottle feeding at least 3 weeks before your return date.
Let your partner or care giver do the feeding so baby gets accustomed to taking meals from others.
This will help you to manage your time more effectively and give you a sense of calm knowing that your little one is taken care of when you're at work.
3. Find a Supportive Community
Whether it's a mom's group, coworkers, family or friends, having a support system that can provide encouragement, advice, and a listening ear when you need it is crucial.
4. Prioritize Self-care
It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of motherhood and work but practicing self-care is exactly what the doctor orders. An evening walk, a night out with friends, or a trip to the salon can go a long way in helping you to feel refreshed and recharged to handle the work ahead.
5.Ask for Help
Remember that it's okay to ask for help. Whether it's asking your partner to take over a few tasks, or hiring a babysitter for a few hours a week, don't be afraid to ask for help. It takes a village to raise a child, and it's important to surround yourself with people who will support you on this journey.
Ladies, be kind to yourself, set realistic expectations, and surround yourself with a supportive community. You've got this, mama! 😌😊🫂
Are you a working mom? if so, tell us below how do you find a work-life balance that works for your family? 🗪