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How I Got Back To Work With A Six-Month Old Baby

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That being a mom is a full-time job is the understatement of the century. Because it’s way more than that-you’re working hard night and day to keep your baby healthy and happy. So, how exactly does an independent woman who loves her career navigate the arduous path of motherhood and keeps her job? This was exactly the dilemma that gave me sleepless nights when I first found that I was pregnant.

Having come a long way since, I’m happy to report that with a less-than-a-year-old baby, I’m back to work in full swing. The best part is that I manage to catch up on my sleep every night. I know not everyone will be in my position or sometimes not have the luxury to choose but as a mother whatever you decide will be in the best interest of your child.

I’d love to share my tips on how you, too, can transition back into the workspace after having a baby.

Start with baby steps – Pregnancy and giving birth are highly taxing experiences, both physically and emotionally. When you’re looking to reenter the workforce right after this demanding period, it’s important that you start with baby steps. Ask your employer if you can start out by working remotely or part time, or only on certain days of the week.

Find the right kind of care – You can’t think of going back to your job if you haven’t found the right kind of care for your baby. In my case, I had my mother’s support and she offered to take care of my baby while I was away at work. I couldn’t be more at ease about the situation. But if you don’t have that luxury, be sure to explore crèches and daycare centres of repute. It’s even better if these places are easily accessible from your workplace.

Pick a work schedule that works for you – We are blessed to have become mothers in the age of the Internet. As working moms, we have a world of options when it comes to choosing a career and schedule that works best for us. The Internet gives you the wonderful option of being self-employed (in a myriad different and creative ways), or to work remotely for an employer of your choice. Make use of this flexibility-it’s truly a gift.

Pick a work schedule that works for you – We are blessed to have become mothers in the age of the Internet. As working moms, we have a world of options when it comes to choosing a career and schedule that works best for us. The Internet gives you the wonderful option of being self-employed (in a myriad different and creative ways), or to work remotely for an employer of your choice. Make use of this flexibility-it’s truly a gift.

Plan ahead for the baby’s feed – If you’ve been breastfeeding until now, you will want to gradually start introducing your baby to the bottle. It’s also useful to ease the caretaker (who will look after your baby while you’re at work) into the process of feeding the baby. Investing in a breast pump is a great idea for working moms.

Schedule calls for baby updates – It can certainly be difficult for you to stay calm and focused at work, especially in the initial days of being away from your baby. Scheduling calls throughout the day to check up on your baby will give you the much needed peace of mind and assurance that your baby is doing just fine.

Say no (to the guilt) – There are two things you need to start saying no to, especially as a working mother. The first is to taking on more responsibilities than you need to (whether those are professional assignments or social engagements), and the second is to that foreseeable feeling of guilt for leaving your baby behind. Reassure yourself that your baby is in safe and competent hands, and that it’s only a matter of some hours every day.

If you’ve been thinking about getting back on the career bandwagon after a baby, then jump right on. All it takes is a little bit of planning, and everything falls into place.

Mrs Meghna Shah, 31, Mumbai

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