BookmarkBookmarkTick

Q&A: Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave?

I'm going back to work soon, and I'm getting nervous! Is there anything I can do before the big day to make the transition easier? 
ByNest Lori
Updated
March 2, 2017
Hero Image

There’s enough to get used to being a new mom… add your busy job back into the mix, and it’s a recipe for utter chaos. Make your transition from new mom to working mom less stressful with these helpful hints:
 
Practice your morning routine. During the two weeks after my nanny started and before I went back to work, my husband and I did “dry runs” of what our mornings would be like getting ready for work. Who got up with the baby? What was the showering schedule? Who was on kid-sitting duty when? What things needed to be in order before we left for the day? We tried our routine and tweaked what wasn’t working without the stress of worrying that mommy would be late on her first week back. By the time I returned for real, we were old pros!
 
Do some pre-work pampering
. If you lived in a velour track suit and barely brushed your hair during maternity leave like me, you’ll probably want (and need) to treat yourself to some pampering before making your debut as a working mom. You’ll be surrounded on your first day with welcomes and questions from co-workers, and you’ll feel more  confident about returning to work if you look — and feel — great. Get your hair cut, a mani and pedi, or even a new outfit for your first day. This is like a coming out party — go all out and have fun!

Related Video

Is It Okay for My Toddler to Play With Her Food?

profile picture of Elizabeth Pantley
Elizabeth Pantley
Parenting Expert
All different kinds of protein for toddlers including cow's milk, soy milk, almond milk yogurt and cheese.

Ask the Pediatrician: Which Type of Milk Is Best for Toddlers?

profile picture of Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH
Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH
dad feeding his baby at the kitchen table

USDA’s Nutritional Guidelines Now Include Recommendations for Babies

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
07/22/2020
toddler child holding orange sip cup

Preschoolers Who Drink 100% Fruit Juice May Have Healthier Diets as Adults

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
06/11/2020

Vitamins for a Picky Eater?

profile picture of Michael Lee, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Michael Lee, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Pediatrician
small child drinking milk from a bottle

Research Aims to Debunk the 'Milk Causes Mucus Myth’

profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
09/07/2018
child eating his breakfast cereal

Why Gluten-Free Isn’t Always the Healthier Choice for Kids

profile picture of Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH
Dina DiMaggio, MD, and Anthony F. Porto, MD, MPH
Published
07/30/2018
collage of major soda brands, sprite, coke, fanta

Soda and Sugary Drinks Are Banned From Kids' Menu in Baltimore

profile picture of Laurie Ulster
Laurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Published
07/20/2018
Young blonde girl picking her nose

Blame Bad Behavior on Bacteria

profile picture of Anisa Arsenault
Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
A dad spoon feeding baby in high chair

AAP Updates List of Nutrients for Baby's First 1,000 Days

profile picture of Anisa Arsenault
Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
01/25/2018
Article removed.