Most mothers have various emotions when it comes to returning to work after maternity leave. And most of these women may feel sad to leave their babies behind as they go to work, and that is why some mothers may find relief in hiring professionals to take care of their babies. You do not have to worry about your feelings because whatever you are feeling makes total sense. It is a big transition, and you are bound to feel this way because no mother will ever be ready to go back to work. However, there are some things which you can do to make this a successful return.
The first thing you have to do is to stock up. This involves fetching a few things that you may need for your returning. This may include a breast bump that you have been gifted during mother’s day, if you do not have one then you can buy it from the local stores in your area. You should also be having extra nursing pads, a framed photo of your baby as well as healthy snacks.
Looking good should be your top priority. Avoid wearing your pre-pregnancy clothes, you will only feel awful in those clothes because you are not yet back to your normal body size, so it advisable that you go for clothes that will fit you better.
Starting back midweek is also a brilliant idea. The first week back has to be exhausting; therefore, if you can start back on a Thursday, you will be on a safer side. This is because this day is closer to the weekend and you will be able to rest and think about the cultural change and the things that worked in those two days and those that didn’t work. With this, you will be able to know how to cope or improve on the things that didn’t work.
If possible, you can choose to work from home. This will make your transition easier, and you will also be able to keep up your milk supply. It is advisable that you come up with a plan on how your working at home suggestion is going to work. Make your employer know how you will meet your deliverables and also make him or her know that you will have a nanny at home to help you the child when you are working. It is important that you include the dates which you plan to report to the office so that your boss doesn’t feel like you plan to work at home forever.
A few days before this career transition, you should practice your new routine by setting up an alarm and see whether you can wake up to it. You should also test and see the total time you require to get your baby clean and ready. With this, you will be able to establish the exact time that you are required to wake up so that you can be at your workstation in time.
As you go back to work, you should be ready to multi-task and work efficiently; you do not want your boss to get upset with you.
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Magali Toussaint is the founder of ‘U-Diverse’. She is a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist, an ICF-certified Leadership Consultant, a Career Coach, a Cross-Cultural Trainer, and a Job Search Strategist with an extensive career in Recruitment, HR, Diversity, as well as Education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English, and Dutch fluently. Read More...