If you are working while taking infertility treatment, you may be worried about whether or not you will be able to return to work smoothly after giving birth. You want to spend as little time as possible stressing out about your pregnancy, and the best way to do that is to get rid of the anxiety as soon as possible.
There are three main things you should do to prepare for returning to work.
- What you need to talk about with your family.
- Tell your workplace.
- What you should do for yourself.
Let’s find out how to prepare for a smooth return to work so that you can take infertility treatment with peace of mind.
What you should discuss with your family
It is physically and mentally challenging for mothers to handle daily housework and childcare on their own in addition to work. When returning to work after childbirth, the cooperation of your family is essential.
If you return to work without talking to your partner or parents, it may cause problems in your family. It is important to talk about it in advance. In particular, it is important to talk about the division of housework and childcare and what to do when your child becomes ill.
Men often don’t know what to do when they want to help with daily housework and childcare. Tell them what exactly he would do to help you. Also, it is not always possible for mothers to leave work early or miss work when their children are sick.
It is a good idea to find out in advance if you can ask your parents for help or if your partner’s workplace will be understanding. Another thing you should talk about is when you want to return to work and when you want to be back to work. Different couples and parents have different values regarding child-rearing and work.
If you decide on your own when you want to return to work, there is a possibility that you will have a dispute right before you return. It is important to discuss this in advance and create an environment where it is easy to get cooperation.
What to talk to your workplace about
When returning to work, the work environment is just as important as the cooperation of your family. It is important to have a thorough discussion with your workplace so that when you return to work, you don’t have to think, “This wasn’t supposed to happen“.
Although society as a whole is gradually becoming more understanding, there may be cases where there is no precedent in some companies. In that case, the company may not know how best to respond. If you let them know your wishes in advance, you can take the time to prepare with the company until the birth of your child.
First of all, let them know whether you will continue to work full-time after returning to work, whether you would like to work shorter hours or part-time, and what you plan to do with your career after giving birth.
It is also advisable to discuss the position and location of your work. Companies may reassign you after you return to work for good reasons. If you want to work at the same position and location after childbirth, let them know as soon as possible.
When discussing these matters, it is important to let your family know how much they can help you and how much you expect your work to be affected. This will make it easier for the company to visualize what you will be like after you return to work.
What you need to do to prepare yourself
When you return to work after childbirth, you need to prepare not only those around you but of course yourself as well. Since you will be out of work for a while, it is recommended that you reconfirm the knowledge you need for your job when you get close to returning to work. Be prepared so that you can resume work smoothly.
In addition, you will need to change your lifestyle from the time when you were on leave to the time when you were able to focus only on childcare. Think about how you can do your housework more efficiently, or get into the habit of making your own side dishes, so that you can visualize your lifestyle after you return to work.
Anxiety about returning to work can be greatly relieved by simply talking to those around you and confirming what you need to do. It is important to be prepared in advance so that you don’t have to deal with unnecessary stress during pregnancy and childbirth.
The most important factor in balancing work and child-rearing is the cooperation of your family. First of all, make sure to talk with your partner and parents so that differences in values will not cause problems at home after you return to work. Equally important is the work environment.
In order to create an environment where you can balance work and childcare without difficulty after returning to work, you need to gain an understanding of your workplace. Communicate your wishes and family situation so that the company can imagine what you will be like after you return to work.
Once you have gained an understanding of your family and workplace, don’t forget to check what you need to do during your maternity leave. Make sure to reconfirm the knowledge you need for your job and think about your lifestyle after you return. I hope you will be able to resolve your anxieties and enjoy your pregnant life with peace of mind.