Dealing with Maternity Leave – When Should You Return to Work?

Maternity leave is an important time for any expecting or newly pregnant mom. It’s a chance for you to bond with your child and take some time out from your busy work schedule. Many new moms relish the opportunity to spend time with their baby, so why do some moms decide to go back to work sooner than others?

Of course, some moms never decide to return to work, preferring to become stay-at-home moms instead. But, others make the decision to continue with their career, either out of necessity or personal choice. Having a child to support can mean that some mothers have no choice but to return to work to make sure they are bringing in money for the family.

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Others have worked hard to build up a successful career and don’t feel that the time is right to give it up yet. The routine of going to work can also appeal to some new moms. Working gives us a sense of purpose and achievement. Not everyone likes to be stuck in the house all day.

However, unless you have a partner or family who are prepared to look after the children, going back to work can mean leaving the baby with a childminder or nursery, which some moms don’t feel comfortable with. Of course, if staying at home is possible then it can be the best way to build those lasting bonds with your child.

If you’re unsure about how soon to return to work, if ever, then there are lots of people you can turn to for support. In the first instance you should talk to your partner and your family. Deciding to go back to work may mean that they will have to take on some of the childcare.

Discuss with your partner whether it is really necessary for you to go back to work. Perhaps you are financially stable enough for it not to be a problem. If you are a spiritually minded person you can also seek guidance by having a tarot reading from The Circle in order to gain some perspective on your decision.

There really is no right or wrong answer, and you shouldn’t feel guilty whether you become a stay-at-home mom or a working mom. As long as you do the right thing for your family that’s all that matters.

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