New moms, when you held your new baby in your arms for the first time, you knew things would never be the same as they were before. Now that your maternity leave is over and you’ve got to keep making the transition between working woman and mama, things can get difficult. If you’re not sure what to expect Fedhealth has rounded up some advice from real working moms to help you out — check out these 6 tips for going back to work after maternity leave to help make your new, busy life a little smoother:
It’s every new mom’s concern – how do you keep your baby fed when you’re not around? If you’re breastfeeding exclusively, you might make the choice to formula feeding during the working day, or to store up enough breast milk to use during the day instead. Try speaking to HR before heading back to the office to enquire about a private space where you can express. It’s also recommended that you try get your baby used to a bottle from the beginning so that when you do have to leave for work, they’re able to feed without you.
2. Start slow
The lifestyle adjustment is much harder if you try o dive headfirst into it. Give your baby time to get to know the person or people who will be looking after them when you can’t be there . If you’ve chosen to employ a nanny, start working with them earlier than the first day you start work so that you, your baby, and your helper will feel more at ease. Start by leaving your child with them for short periods of time and then extend this time until everyone is comfortable.
3. Get groomed!
As a new mom, you’ve probably been lounging in your PJs for a few months now, enjoying your time with your new addition. Now you’re expected to change up your look for a professional environment. If you can, buy a few new items of work clothes as your body has changed drastically over the past few months so your previous wardrobe might not fit anymore. Feel good by wearing a comfortable outfit that radiates confidence and brings out the best in you!
4. Grocery shopping and food
When you get home after a long day, you’ll want to spend that precious time with your baby. Get organised by doing your grocery shopping online while you have a break at work or over the weekend. If you have a partner and they’re a good cook, you can leave that job to them, or cook up a batch of soup or curry that keeps well in the fridge or freezer for when you need it.
5. Keep records
You might feel more reassured knowing all the details of your baby’s day so ask your caregiver to keep a daily diary logging what goes on throughout the hours you’re at work. This will also help point out any inconsistencies or anomalies that may concern you or your caregiver. You may also find it comforting for your caregiver to send you some photographs while you’re sitting at your desk.
6. Make peace with your decision
This might be the most difficult piece of advice to follow but recognise that you can’t be in two places at once. When you’re at work, try be fully present and when you’re at home, practice the same thing. It’s much easier said than done but don’t feel guilty about your decision. It’s alright to worry and to be upset, and it’s also totally okay to look forward to heading back to the office!
If you’re planning on having a baby soon and are in the market for a good medical aid which covers everything you need, with no nasty cost surprises check out Fedhealth’s Baby Programme to make this exciting time in your life (and heading back to work after baby) easier and more enjoyable.