Going back to work for new mothers is not as easy as it sounds. Life now requires scheduling in a whole new dimension, where even getting out of the house for a mere cup of coffee with a friend seems like planning for the apocalypse. It’s been 10 months since my motherhood journey began, and I went back to the work life halfway through. Here’s what I learnt, which may help you mamas to work with ease and lay off the guilt.
The first couple of days are gonna be hard on both of you. It’s okay.
While I am a work from home freelance writer, my deadlines and work timings are no different from the corporate job. Thankfully I had help ( my awesome mother-in-law) who takes care of little bub for about 6 hours a day which leaves me enough time for meetings, deadlines and more. He cried, I cried, we all had a difficult week staying away from each other, but it was all good in the end. The adjustment period will pass, trust me.
Get help. Don’t be shy.
A support system is crucial for every working mother. Be it the extended family, or a maid or even daycare, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It does take a village to raise a child, it’s true! Figure out your situation in advance, prepare your child. There will be loads of tears, but there is light at the end of this tunnel.
Don’t feel guilty.
It’s common to feel a heavy heart while closing the door on your little bub, but don’t take it to work with you. Focusing on your career is absolutely ok to do and don’t let guilt take over. It’s natural to worry about your bub the whole day, but relax yourself at work. You need to do this. Repeat after me, YOU CAN DO THIS!
Figure out your pumping situation. Talk to your boss before hand.
Many moms are still breastfeeding their babies when they get back to work and it’s important to keep the process going on for as long as you need to. Talk to your boss beforehand about reserving a separate room for yourself where you can pump and work at the same time. Schedule your meetings accordingly.
And finally, enjoy yourself.
Yes, please do! Let your mind run free in your work space and climb up the ladder! Focus on getting your career mode on and relax with the baby on video calls in your break time. Leave home at home and work at work. Try to achieve a good #WorkLifeBalance!
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