Return To Work After Maternity Leave

return to work after maternity leave

Why It’s Hard to Return From Maternity Leave

When you are on maternity leave. It seems that you never had a day off. There are no office tasks and work but more things have taken place in your life. Now you have a newborn to take care of. More sleepless nights but you do have some little time for yourself. Instead of dealing with clients and work, your boss is now the newborn.

There are a ton of emotions that come with the end of maternity leave. For some new mothers, the idea of returning to work so soon seems unbearable. Let’s explore these emotional and physical challenges to stop going back to work after maternity leave

  • Priority Change
    From work, family to having a newborn. The first few weeks after labour aren’t just for the baby but it’s for you too. You’re learning how to be a parent. Perspective can change and you start to realize, there are more things to do and take care of.
  • Postpartum Emotions
    Hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and feeling out of control can all make returning to work a tough transition. You may experience anxiety, guilt for being away from the baby, anger, sadness and even excitement to go back to work.
  • Fatigue
    Being a new mum can be tiring. Sleepless nights, never ending chores, baby feeding and learning how to be a better mum can be exhausting. No worries, with time you’ll learn how to cope and manage better! 

Successful Return to Work After Maternity Leave

Adjusting to parenthood is magical, but it’s also exhausting. Now being prepared in return to work, and being away from your baby, can be physically, mentally, and emotionally difficult. Going back to the workplace can feel like choosing your career over your baby. As your hormones are running wild, you may be feeling emotions you’ve never experienced before.

When the end of maternity leave is approaching, it’s time to be ready. Here are some tips to help prepare you to return to the workplace by BabyOrganix

Things to Prepare For The Return To Work After Maternity

  1. Reconnect Back With The Workplace
    Send some messages or call your colleagues on what is the latest updates at work. Do some advance preparation before your first day back in the office to make the transition smoother.
  2. Find a Reliable Childcare
    If you have the blessing of letting your parents help you then it is great news. Kids growing up with grandparents are amazing and you know your baby is in good care. If not, getting a good childcare center is a must. Try asking your friends or relatives that already have children. They can help you out!
  3. Prepare a Feeding Plan
    Decide before you return to work whether you intend to breastfeed full-time, part-time, or opt for formula. You might need to pump at work to maintain your milk supply and provide milk for your child while you’re away.
  4. Work From Home
    Due to the pandemic, many companies have now adopted the work-from-home operation. If your company allows it, please make use of it. This gives you the opportunity to be close to your baby! If you have to return to the office, please wear a mask at all times and sanitise your hands often.
  5. Prepare Yourself Mentally
    Your super mum and we believe you can do it! Stay positive and cheerful. Your colleagues and boss would love to help you back into the workplace. And if things are just not right, reach out to the management to schedule changes that may occur as a result of childcare, pumping, or anything else. 
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