Separation from loved ones is always hard: especially when that loved one is a little baby, only a few months old and constantly in need of your presence and care. But most women have careers before they have a baby and giving up the former is not easy. Then again, leaving your newborn and going back to work isn’t easy either.
New working moms are faced with this dilemma when their maternity leave ends. They are faced with pain, fear, guilt, anxiety, and a plethora of other emotions. Learn to deal with this difficult period and get through it successfully in one piece.
Practice makes a woman perfect
Get used to your old routine a few days before actually going back to work. There will be many changes in your schedule – feeding, changing, comforting etc. Give yourself some time to work out a new schedule before getting back to the grind.
Understand and learn
Know that you’re not a terrible mother if you leave your baby and go back to work. Guilt may make you feel this way, but it holds true for every new working mom. Don’t allow guilt to make you act irrationally.
Ease your way in
If you feel you’re not ready for full-time work, see if you can work out a part-time or work-from-home arrangement. This will help you adjust to work life while taking care of the baby.
You can’t take care of the baby if you don’t take care of yourself. Avoid overworking and pushing your body beyond a limit. There are very few super moms; don’t experiment if you’re an average human being.
Share and care
Don’t feel lonely because you’re not the only one going through this dilemma. Every new mother who goes back to work probably faces similar problems.
Share your worries with mom friends. Seek help from professional support groups. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; you’re only doing what’s best for you and your child.
The reward for your efforts: the smile on your baby’s face when he/she sees you back from work!