S01E04: Rejoining work as a Mom


Like we promised, we at Millennial Maa talk about things no one really talks about.

In this episode of Millennial Maa, we talk about the transition of a mother back to work after the life changing event of maternity. We also have, for the first time, stories from our listeners!

These stories are about the fears real mothers have and what they have done to overcome them. There are plenty of twists & turns, changing priorities, triumphs & tears, so tune in right now! If you know a new mother going through this phase, share this episode with them.

The conversation:

In this episode of the Millennial Maa, Pooja and Shruthi discuss the challenges and joys of rejoining work after maternity. They share their own experiences, as well as the stories of some of their listeners.

The Challenges

One of the biggest challenges that mothers face when rejoining work is the fear of not being good enough. They may feel like they have lost their skills and confidence during their time away from work. They may also worry about balancing work and family responsibilities.

Another challenge is the lack of support. Many workplaces do not have flexible policies in place to accommodate working mothers. This can make it difficult to find childcare, take breaks, or work from home.

Finally, mothers may also experience guilt. They may feel guilty about leaving their child to go to work, or they may feel like they are not doing a good enough job at either work or home.

The Joys

Despite the challenges, there are also many joys to rejoining work after maternity. Mothers may enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from being back in the workforce. They may also appreciate the opportunity to use their skills and talents to make a difference in the world.

Rejoining work can also help mothers to feel more connected to their community. They may make new friends at work, or they may reconnect with old friends who are also working mothers.

Tips for Rejoining Work After Maternity

If you are a mother who is considering rejoining work, here are a few tips:

  • Talk to your employer about your needs. Let them know what kind of flexibility you need in order to balance work and family responsibilities.
  • Build a support system. Talk to your friends, family, and partner about the challenges you are facing. They can offer you emotional support and practical help.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available to working mothers, such as childcare assistance, flexible work arrangements, and mental health support.
  • Celebrate your successes. It is important to acknowledge your accomplishments, no matter how small. This will help you to stay motivated and positive.

The Bottom Line

Rejoining work after maternity can be a challenge, but it is also a rewarding experience. By being prepared and having a support system in place, you can make the transition back to work a success.

In addition to the tips mentioned above, here are some other things that mothers can do to make the transition back to work after maternity easier:

  • Start planning early. This will give you time to research your options and make arrangements for childcare and other needs.
  • Set realistic expectations. It will take some time to adjust to your new routine. Don't expect to be able to do everything at once.
  • Be patient with yourself. It is normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed at first. Give yourself time to adjust.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly. This will help you to stay physically and mentally healthy.

Rejoining work after maternity can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can make the transition a success.

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