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Back To The Grind
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Back To The Grind
April 6, 2017
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Back To The Grind
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Going back to work… It can be a daunting thing after being on maternity leave, no matter how long/little you decide to take. But deciding exactly when to go back is crucial, not just to you and your baby, but for your employer too. Go back too early and you risk being too frazzled/ emotional/ hormonal/ all of the above in the workplace, or go back too late and you might feel the separation of being away from your baby too much to bear having had so long in each other’s company, and vice versa. It’s a fine line and, ultimately, a completely personal decision, but here are a few tips that I felt really helped me get back into the swing, at the time that felt right (9 months, FYI).

  • Go Out – it might sound obvious but leaving your baby in the care of someone else for half a day (I booked mani/pedis and went buggy-free shopping) in the months leading up to going back to work are hugely helpful.

  • Decide on your childcare early on – not knowing what your childcare plan is will only add to the anxiety of the whole situation. I left it too late and learnt this the hard way.

  • Handover – whether you opt for nanny or nursery, give yourself enough time to ease both you and baby in. Two weeks is ideal: One week is almost too short; three weeks makes the whole exercise drag on. Try and anticipate your sweet spot so you go back to work confident your baby is in good hands.

  • Flexi-Hours – Does your office have flexi working hours? If not, can you ask for your days’ hours to be shifted to suit your baby’s schedule? It’s ok to be hardline about this and be explicit with your employer on what your ideal scenario is.

  • Question – Ask yourself a few questions: Will I find going back to work too stressful right now? Will I be worried? Will I feel guilty? The answers to all of these might be yes, but as time goes on the yes will feel less strong. That’s when you know you’re ready to go back.

  • Be honest – be honest with yourself as to how you’re feeling about it. Trust your gut and if you want to take more time than you originally agreed with your employer, it’s ok. No one will thank you for being a trooper and going back before you’re ready.

3 comments
Janet
says
31st Jul 2017

Excellent tips for new moms! Thank you !

Ella
says
31st Jul 2017

Thanks for this, such a touchy subject these days, but I’ll use these tips x

claire
says
31st Jul 2017

Awesome Jess!

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