New Mom Going Back To Work

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Jen - September 14

Hi moms out there, I just wanted to know if anyone could share their story on going back to work. I'm going back to my office job soon, and I wanted to know what problems new moms usually face, etc. Thanks everyone!

 

Hilary - September 15

When I went back to work after taking 6 months of maternaty leave I sort of felt out of the loop for a while. My responsibilities had been a__signed to other people so for a while I was just confused and didn't know what to do with myself but after a few weeks things were back to normal.

 

Natalie - September 15

I had a bit of separation anxiety when I had to go back to work after having my daughter. I missed her so much for the first few weeks that I had trouble concentrating on my work. Luckily I have a great nanny who takes care of my daughter so really I shouldn't be worrying about her, but I think this is just a natural thing that you can't avoid. The best advice I can offer is if you have to return to work make sure that you find the absolute best person possible to take care of yoru child while you are away from them, no matter what that person charges to do so.

 

Tammy - October 8

when I had my son, I stayed out of work for 4 months but then after I made up my mind and switched to 3rd shift so I can be with him all day

 

Michelle - October 18

I returned to work after 2 months.It was hard to concentrate on work, I was always thinking about my baby. It gets easier. After carrying him/her inside you 9 months and just having them, it is hard to be away from them at first. I think our haramones are still not back to normal for awhile not making things any easier. I tell myself that it is good for me to get out. I do work part time, so I am still home more than anywhere. It definitly takes me longer to get ready for work because now I have to have the baby ready too- diapers, extra clothes, bottles ect... I also felt very tired at work because I still was not getting sleep at night. It's was not easy going back to work for me emotionally and physically, but it does get easier as you get in a routine. It helped me to call & check on my baby in the beginning, to relieve my mind. The love you have for this baby is so great that you find yourself talking about him/her all the time. I think long term it is good for the child when he/she has to start school and not have mommy too. It is always nice to come home to your baby & see he/she is happy to see you too!

 

Genie - October 26

I just started work after three months maternity leave. I am extremely depressed and missing my baby. I have to work, there is no choice in our household.. I find myself at work not really interested or caring about anything, because it seems so unimportant compared to being with my baby. My advice is ease back into it, start with a short week if possible, or shorter days. Also give yourself an extra hour in the morning to get you and your baby ready

 

hilary - April 28

going back to work will be hard but you gotta do what you gotta go i wish you the best of luck!

 

marleysmom - January 21

I am getting ready to go back to work after almost 7 weeks of being on Maternity leave. I am in a situation like most of you...I am feeling very uneasy and depressed about being without my baby. I am having separation anxiety and I haven't even gone back to work yet. I talked to my doctor about it and he said there really isn't anything he can do to help. I know I need to go back to work, my family needs the money, but at this point I would almost rather be broke than be without my baby! It makes me feel a little better to know that I'm not the only mom who feels this way. I'm waiting for it to get easier...I wish all of you the best of luck!

 

Renee-Marie - January 29

My son is now almost 3 and I'm expecting another child this september, but I can remember all too well what all of you are expressing here. You're all right and justified in having your feelings of anxiety. Its totally normal. I cried like a toddler the night before I had to go back to work, and to make matters worse, the women I worked with were horrendous to me when I got back. But thats my story - yours doesn't have to be that way. What I really want to say is.... if you have to go to work, like so many of us do, you have to think of it like this.... its what you have to do to take care of your baby and give him/her the things he/she needs. It is what a good mother does. Don't let anyone make you feel like you're somehow not doing a good job. I know you're not going to work so you can afford manicures and new shoes. I know you would do anything for your babies....and this.... this is one of them. Be strong ladies. Lean on eachother. You need it now more than ever.

 

ellieb22 - February 27

I went back to work after 3 1/2 months of being at home with my son. My first few weeks back were extremely stressful. I had to adjust to having my son with other care takers (nanny and grandpa). I also had the stress of figuring out how to pump at work. Plus I just missed my kid sooooo much. But in time (3-4 weeks) I got into the swing of things and it became much easier. Now I actually enjoy my grown-up time. But what an adjustment at first.

 

funnygal84 - March 24

my best tip is to always get everything readyy the night before. it makes your morning routine go a lot smoother. and always, always, always put your purse, keys, diaper bag, etc in the same place each night. i actually set out both mine and my boys (we had twins, so it's a little extra work) outfits for the week out on sunday evening. when i get home from work each day, i make sure their diaper bag is stocked for the next day. and again, i always leave my purse and such in the exact same place each night. the one time i didn't, i ran around looking for it for 20 minutes and was almost late to work. :P if you're pumping, i'd suggest bringing an mp3 and pic or something that smells like your baby with you. it helps you relax and the let-down is easier and faster that way. :)

 

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