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Written by Aikeiko   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 13:39

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There is no better joy than holding your baby in your arms for the first time. The excitement, happiness, and anxiety of being responsible for someone's life has its own rewards.

Eventually, you have to make a decision between being a stay-at-home mom and concentrating on your career.

Going back to work after your baby's birth can take a toll on anyone. Being able to juggle work and home is tough. That doesn't mean it's not doable. You can make a smooth transition between the two.

Going Back to Work After Having a Baby

The feeling of guilt may nag you as Llaving your baby to be taken care of by someone else might make you seem selfish.  What you need to know is that you are doing this to give your baby a better future. Follow these suggestions to have as little stress at work as possible :

1. During your maternity leave, you can start working around the idea that soon you'll be returning to work.
- Take each day into consideration and plan accordingly. Guilt is the first hiccup which needs to be addressed.
- Your decision, even if it is for a short period of time, is the right one for your family and yourself.

2. Divide the responsibility of raising your child with your husband/partner.
- An extra set of hands never hurt anyone. Make a week-long chart and divide chores between one another.

3. Make sure to keep as much quality time with your baby and family, after work.
- It is natural to feel exhausted and irritated after a long day at work. Doing things together as a family will bring you all closer than ever.
- This helps in maintaining a balance in your work and personal life. Managing your time is the key here.

4. Before going back to work, try to rest as much as you can and calm your mind.
- Your new work-home schedule is going to be hectic and it can take a toll on you. Which is why, you need to rest before you are burdened with more duties.
- Make a schedule for yourself that will give you enough time to be with your family and baby, take some time off for yourself, and give 100% at work as well.

5. Don't bring issues home from work, and vice versa. Bringing the stress home will only make matters worse.
- When you start to think about multiple chores and duties, your brain can go into an overdrive and work nonstop.
- It may seem alright in the beginning but after some time has passed, you will feel the load.

6. Find a trustworthy babysitter or child care provider.
- Take advice from friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family members as to where you can find a reliable child care provider.
- Do a thorough research on whomsoever you choose.
- When you know your baby is safe, you will be able to pay better attention at work.

7. If you don't feel that full-time work is possible, at the moment, choose to work part-time or work from home.
- You can try this for a month or so and discuss with your husband/partner whether full-time work is feasible.

8. Breastfeeding
- On this topic, it depends on how old your baby is when you go back to work.
- If your baby is still breastfeeding, then you'll have to decide whether to wait till your baby stops breastfeeding or get a pump instead.

9. If you are in a position to delegate tasks at work, take the opportunity.
- You will return home with a better attitude and more energy than before.

Summary : All of these suggestions are of no use if you don't take proper care of yourself too. Plenty of rest, eating wholesome meals, adequate physical activities, and lots of fun family time is what you need.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:28

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