Working Girl 

Working After BabyWhether you work in an office or from home, getting back into the swing of things after a new baby arrives on the scene takes some getting used to. 

Dr. Ancy, who recently returned to work after the birth of her first baby, shares these tips to help you move into motherhood and keep your career on track. 

Get everything ready the night before.

“The morning can be unpredictable. It's easy to lose track of time with nursing and diaper changes. The night before, I lay out my outfit and pack my lunch. I shower right before bed to give myself more time in the morning.”

“Know there’s no scientific evidence that suggests children are harmed when their mothers work outside the home.”

“This quote from the American Academy of Pediatrics helped reassure me about returning to work. The AAP reports that, ‘… a child who is emotionally well adjusted, well-loved and well cared for will thrive regardless of whether the mother works outside the home.’” 

Maintain a work-life balance.

“When I'm at work, I try to focus solely on work, so I don't have to bring anything home. This allows me to be 100% present with my family in the evening.” 

Rely on your support system.

“I am so thankful for my amazing family. My mother and mother-in-law take turns helping me with the baby while I adjust to returning to work. My father and father-in-law both graciously agreed to live solo (and possibly live off cereal) for a little while! Your friends and co-workers can also provide encouragement and personal advice.” 

Communicate with your employer.

“Let your company know what will help you make a smooth transition. For example, ask about time and a space for breast pumping. Most employers are supportive of working moms.” 

Find ways to relax.

I meditate, and I find time to exercise. My husband and I take turns with the baby so both of us can workout.