Going back to work after having a baby is what all employed new moms have in mind during their pregnancy and after their baby arrives. Regardless of the duration of time you plan to spend at home with your little one, if employed you will have to get back to work sooner rather than later.
Why do you get back to work after having a baby?
In the most fortunate cases, the laws protecting motherhood allow a new mom to stay at home and benefit from a maternity leave income 1 or 2 years after having the baby. However in most of this cases the maternity leave income is far from covering the needs of a family as taxes, bills, mortgage rates, food and baby supplies are concerned. Most mom’s go back to work because they simply need to support their family financially.
Danger of unemployment
No matter how appealing the maternity laws are, the danger of unemployment post maternity leave is a very realistic fact. Because of the economical circumstances employers are allowed to modify their internal employment laws according to their benefit so nobody offers the mother the insurance they will still have a job when they get back to work after having a baby.
The things nobody tells you
There are a multitude of factors all influencing the particularity of a new mom getting back to work after giving birth. Depending on the age of the baby, the type of pregnancy she had, the amount of work she has to do her performance of work may not be exactly perfect. Here are the things you should expect to influence it.
Most likely you will feel it stronger than your baby especially if your baby is only a few months old.
Fatigue and poor concentration
Sleepless nights, aches and pains, extreme fatigue and emotional stress are all part of getting back to work after having a baby. Keep in mind that it will take some time to perform as expected.
Lactation, weight loss and long hours
Most mothers that are still breastfeeding when going back to work need a pause to breastfeed or pump breast milk. You should ask for this right for the sake of your baby.
Most likely you will start losing weight pretty fast if you start working very soon after giving birth. However happy you will be to get your old silhouette back remember that the process is extremely strenuous for your body so you will need to eat right and rest as much as you can.
If you are expected to work long hours try to reason with your boss. If all else fails apply to his or her better nature.
How to handle going back to work after the baby comes ?
Avoid getting exhausted
Try to get as much sleep as you can. Rest during weekends and ask for help to take care of your baby. If you can’t afford hiring a nanny consider asking your friends and relatives to babysit so you could rest.
You need at least one hour of pause between work and taking back the task of offering your baby your whole attention. Make sure you take the time to eat and relax because this will benefit both you and your baby.
Expect the worse but put yourself first
If you are the kind of mom that used to take care of the baby, do house work, cook, clean and be responsible with getting supplies, it will most likely be expected of you to do all that and go to work.
You must have realistic expectations and not push yourself beyond your limits. Your baby needs you and in order to take care of him or her you need to be healthy and take good care of yourself.