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Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

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Going back to work after maternity leave can be a huge transition for you and your whole family. The adjustment may be especially difficult if you have to return to work fairly soon after giving birth. No matter how long it’s been since your baby was born, the transition can be a tough one for some moms. Here are a few tips to help you get settled into your new work-life balance without too much chaos.

  • Ask for the flexibility you need. If your boss is willing to negotiate, try to work with them to find a flexible working schedule that will work for both of you. Some bosses can be more understanding than you might expect, and you may be able to work from home on some days or adjust your hours to suit your childcare arrangements.
  • Get comfortable with daycare. Try not to schedule your first day back at work and your child’s first day with their new childcare provider at the same time. Give yourself some time to get used to your child being n the daycare, and work up them amount of hours that they’re away from home to help them get settled. This will also give you time to re-arrange your childcare provider if you’re not happy with how things go.
  • Ask for support at work. Returning to the workplace can be disorientating, and you may feel a little out of the loop. Ask your boss and co-workers for support if you need it, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you feel confused.
  • Give yourself time. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and confused about what you want when you return from maternity leave. Give yourself a few months to work out the balance between being a parent and working on your career, and then assess how you feel. Many parents feel differently about their career path after having children, but try not to make impulsive decisions without giving yourself the necessary time to get accustomed to the new circumstances.

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