Going back to work after being on Maternity Leave | Modern Mummy

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Going back to work after being on Maternity Leave



Returning to work after a spell of maternity leave can be a little bit stressful for many mums. It’s easy to feel uncertain about the situation, and even those of us who’ve been in the same job for years can feel as though we might have forgotten how to do it after just a few month’s break.

Different mothers react to this problem in different ways. Some will be keen to hit the ground running and make up for lost time. Others might prefer to ease themselves back into things gradually. Here are a few tried-and-tested tips that’ll help you to make the transition less overwhelming whichever camp you're in!

Planning 
Inevitably, things are going to be a little different now that you’ve had a baby. You’ll need to adapt your routine so that it’s fit for your new circumstances. That might mean leaving the house slightly earlier so that you have time to drop them off at nursery. While you’re dealing with all of this, you don’t want to have to think about all of the smaller items you need to take to work; treat yourself to invest in a quality work-bag, and you’ll get that little bit of peace of mind you’ve been craving.

To avoid stress in the mornings, it makes sense to do as much preparation as possible. Every evening, you can make a point of getting yours and your childrens' clothes and lunches prepared for the next day. Learn a few easy recipes that won’t require too much attention in the kitchen. It’s important that you find time to eat properly; if you don’t then you’ll end up feeling fatigued. The same applies to sleep; don’t stay up late on social media.... you’re going to need all of the rest you can get!

What if my child gets ill? 
You should come to terms with the likelihood that your child will pick up an illness of some kind during the first few weeks – nurseries are rife with them. This isn’t a bad thing, per se; in the long term, their immune system is likely to benefit. But it will make fitting work in a little bit more awkward. Try to come to some arrangement with your spouse, friends or family so that you don’t have to surprise them by asking for a favour at the last minute. If you’re having trouble deciding whether to keep your child out of nursery, you can check the NHS’s advice.

I’m scared! 
It’s perfectly natural to be nervous about going back to work. You’ve got a point to prove, after all: that you’re a valuable member of the team, and everyone’s going to appreciate having you back. For best results, it’s worth allowing yourself time to reacquaint yourself with the nuts and bolts of the job before you tax yourself too much. Make a note of any changes that have been made in your absence, reacquaint yourself with the things that have stayed the same, and avoid taking on any major responsibilities to begin with. Ideally, you’ll want to return to work in the middle of the week, so that you have just a few days before the weekend hits and then you’re free.
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