Updated at: 25-05-2022 - By: Sienna Lewis

Not everyone can afford to take a maternity leave. In our opinion? Prepare everything ahead of time so you may take pleasure in it once the baby arrives. To maximize your vacation, here are some tips and tactics from the pros.

Ways to Actually Enjoy Your Maternity Leave

Get Organized Early

Once you’ve informed your supervisor that you’re expecting a child, speak with HR about your options for maternity leave and how long your position will be kept while you’re away. Find out what your state’s policies are on leave at ncsl.org.

Then, well before your due date, focus on wrapping up loose ends at work – baby could arrive early! Send emails with a copy to coworkers and take extra notes on tasks you’re taking on. It’s also a good moment to lay out expectations for your time away from work. Is it possible for you to respond to a phone call or email from time to time? Make it clear when you’ll be available.

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Prearrange Some Help

The first few weeks of raising a baby can be challenging, so we’ve got some advice for you: enlist the support of family and friends.

For example, my mother was great at grocery shopping, but virtually useless when it came to waking up at night for a feeding. Pete was a fantastic companion when I was feeling isolated, but he was horrible at diaper changes. There is a better chance of having a good time later if you get aid early on.

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For example, my mother was great at grocery shopping, but virtually useless when it came to waking up at night for a feeding. Pete was a fantastic companion when I was feeling isolated, but he was horrible at diaper changes. There is a better chance of having a good time later if you get aid early on.

While my mother was excellent at food shopping, she was abysmal at waking up in the night to feed my baby. While he was excellent at keeping me company, Pete was worthless when it came to diaper changes. There is a better chance of having a good time later on if you get aid early on in the process

Get The Right Diaper Bag

If you’re looking for a cute baby, don’t expect the one you’ve always wanted. As a result, getting out and having fun is going to be much more difficult if you don’t have the right bag; therefore, you should search about and compare bags.

If you’re not breastfeeding, you’ll also need bottles, burp cloths, a diaper changing pad, a wallet, keys, and a cell phone in your bag, so plan accordingly.

& The Right Diapers

Because you’ll be replacing so many of these, it’s a good idea to do your research and choose a brand that fits your demands and your budget. With the frequency with which you will be changing your newborn, leak protection is less of a concern. This is the time to consider a diaper that has a lot of give. You’ll appreciate a diaper that can grow with your baby over the first few months of his life.

Understand Your Insurance

Before and after your baby is born, you’ll have a slew of paperwork to fill. Physician’s assistant Dana Paiz learned the hard way that she had to call her short-term disability insurance provider and submit a claim before she could take her leave of absence in Grand Rapids, Michigan “We needed to phone again from the hospital so they could begin paying my short-term disability,” she explains after her kid was born.

You may also have to tell your health insurance provider within 30 days of the birth of your child in some situations. Get the details now and create a calendar alert so you won’t forget when sleep deprivation kicks in.

Accept That The First Weeks Will Be Hard

My husband and I, being the naive people we were, decided to take advantage of my extra vacation time and travel to Europe. Is there any truth to this? The first few weeks after the birth of a child are a major adjustment for everyone.

Everyone is adjusting: you’re getting used to the lack of sleep and the constant leakage of breastmilk, your child is getting acclimated to life outside of the womb, and your spouse is getting used to being a dad. This is not the time to put too much pressure on oneself to be social or productive, because even strolling around the block might feel like a great accomplishment.

Explore Your Neighborhood

For your own sanity’s sake, you’ll need to get dressed and leave the house at least once a day. Do some research on the best playgrounds for small children and stroller-friendly locations before you go out with your family. You don’t want to take your child to a local restaurant or store only to find that it’s too small for your stroller or too awkward for you to breastfeed.

Arrange (Mom) Fun

A postpartum body and a new baby can only withstand so much socializing. When I was alone with a sleeping baby, I often found myself unable to sleep but too exhausted to accomplish anything helpful. To pass the time, I’d have preferred to watch the movies I’d missed or read a trashy novel.

Unfortunately, due to a severe case of Mommy brain, I was unable to recall the titles of any of those works. To avoid this snare, make a list of the movies you want to see and the books you want to read and go to a secondhand book store to stock up on both.

Make Mommy Friends

New motherhood can be isolating, especially if your support system has dispersed. It’s always a good idea to start a conversation when you spot another pregnant woman at Starbucks. On maternity leave, I struck up a conversation with a stranger at a crosswalk. In the end, it turned out that we lived in the same complex and had children with the same name who were born two weeks apart. Since then, we’ve been close friends.

Check with your OB/GYN, pediatrician, house of religion, or town Web site to see if they have information on where new-mom groups meet. It’s possible to find groups in a variety of ways. With that in mind, the rigid bedtime, no snacking before dinner supermoms may not be a good fit for those of us who co-sleep or breastfeed.

Arrange Child Care

During the first few weeks of your leave, which is when you’re most likely to need child care, it’s not the best time to start looking for possibilities. Depending on where you live, waiting lists for child care can range from six months to a year, so it’s important to start looking long before your due date if you want to be sure of getting a spot.

If you’re looking to recruit a babysitter or nanny, start by asking about within your network of friends and coworkers for referrals. Check out Care.com and other services as well. Because your leave will go very quickly, making arrangements for child care as soon as possible is crucial.

Start Saving

There is a good chance that you will need more funds to cover your vacation time. While on unpaid leave with her first son for 12 weeks and partially paid leave with her second son for the same period, Heffelmire recalls, “We started saving money practically as soon as we found out I was pregnant.” Over the course of nine months, even small sums can build up.” I tried to save three months’ worth of our’musts’—the mortgage, groceries, and utilities—by figuring out how much money we’d need to cover those expenses.

Get your baby insured

First and foremost, let’s set the stage. After the birth of your child, you have 30 days to contact your insurance provider and have her covered.

The hospital, whether you want it or not, will bill you for the baby’s care. However, they are used to this. I’m very sure you need their Social Security Number (SSN), therefore you have about two weeks to postpone this. The paperwork for her SSN and birth certificate was provided by our hospital.

I recommend putting a reminder on your phone for both of those items and the deadline for you to enroll your new baby in your insurance policy.

Have professional photos taken ASAP

The sooner the better. Preferably during the first 10 days. Why? That’s because they grow so quickly.

The first growth spurt happens around the 10 day mark (along with the first predictable round of cluster feeding) and their face begins to change that early on.

The first growth spurt happens around the 10 day mark (along with the first predictable round of cluster feeding) and their face begins to change that early on.

Get familiar with your baby book

Early on, around the 10-day mark (along with their first predictable and regular feeding), their face begins to alter significantly.

The fundamentals (weight, length, time of birth, first visitors) can and should be added as soon as the baby is born. Just in case you do! There is more to be done, however.

Keep going over the pages and jotting down ideas for how to fill in the gaps. The reason I am saying this is because there are a few items I failed to note down in my book since I didn’t know where to put them! Don’t copy me… My heart breaks when I see blank baby books.

It is important to keep track of milestones like babbling, rolling, and first vacations in the back of your mind so that you may add them to your journal when they occur.

Realize a new routine

As the seasons change, so do the baby’s daily habits. Every week is different, but you’ve got to do what feels right for you. Take advantage of your maternity leave to reflect on your priorities and make time for the things that matter most to you.

For your own well-being, it is critical that you establish and adhere to an effective daily routine. Despite the fact that everyone is eager to talk about how to care for the baby, I’d want to advise expectant mothers to take care of themselves. Which came first, the happy baby or the happy mother? The egg or the chicken?

Seriously. I’m looking for a buddy.

Start journaling

To keep track of your days and enjoy the small things, journaling is a terrific option. Even if they’re embarrassing, I enjoy reading old journals (and they definitely are).

The time it takes to keep a journal also doesn’t have to be prohibitive. New mums will love these one-line a day notebooks. Writing down the nicest, funniest, or most stressful events of the day will help you remember them later.

Reach out to work

Although this may have been the last thing on my mind, I’m forced to go through with it.

New moms are expected to “check in” with their employers every week while on maternity leave, according to the HR representative who helped me get my daughter insured.

In my opinion, a rule of thumb does not sound like anything that can be followed. However, creating communication channels is essential. Instead of calling her, employers should assume that she will reach out to them.

An email should do the work, according to my experience.

Solidify care plans

If and when you return to your job, what can we expect to happen? What’s the status of your application? Is your mother-in-law going to take on the job of nanny or grandma for you and your family? Is that something you’re still attempting to decipher?

The time has come!

Don’t be shy in announcing your conclusion, even if you *thought* you did so weeks or months ago. Find out if they’re available and work out a schedule that works for both of you. Decide on essential issues by asking key questions and coming to important conclusions.

Arrange back-up care (x2)

Sick days are one of the most frustrating aspects of being a working mom. For both you and your baby’s caregivers.

Where will the baby go if the nanny is sick and needs to take a day off? Will you be required to miss time at work? Are you able? Whether or if you can afford a short-term caretaker is an important question.

Where will the baby go if the nanny is sick and needs to take a day off? Will you be required to miss time at work? Are you able? Whether or if you can afford a short-term caretaker is an important question.

Get involved in a mommy group

In the event of a sick nanny, where will the infant be cared for? Will you have to miss time at work? Is it possible for you to do so? Is it possible for you to pay for a last-minute substitute caregiver?

I regret not participating in the new mom and baby group offered by one of our local hospitals. I had preconceived that it was just beneficial to stay-at-home moms. Even if I were correct, I regret not connecting with other women who were going through similar experiences.

Postpartum check up

Typically, an OBGYN will book your appointment for 6 weeks in advance. Take action if they refuse.

Even mommies need a little TLC! You’re way too significant for me to ignore! They also give you the go-ahead to return to work. For my job, I had to provide a doctor’s note certifying that I was “healthy enough to work”.

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Ease into exercise

You can begin exercising if your doctor gives you the go-ahead. However, this time off from work is a terrific opportunity to implement new healthy habits, and it’s safe to assume that you can (and probably should) be moving around. Nothing is ever really yours unless and until you use it.

Now, I don’t expect you to join a CrossFit gym, but I’d like to remind you that exercise is a great way to improve your health. It’s torture, LOL JK.

Something is better than nothing, because your body can’t handle much at this point in time. Walking or performing kegels are acceptable forms of physical activity. You can do whatever you like!

There is a need to be deliberate and to set out time for this. There is no doubt in my mind that you want to shed the baby weight.

Scope out the local parks

To get the most out of your walks, you need to have a destination in mind at all times. Even those wacky baby swings won’t keep a newborn entertained on a playground, but you may begin to form opinions about the playgrounds in your neighborhood.

I enjoy looking for both the good and the terrible in whatever I see.

Huge trees for shade? PLUS! Is there a group of teen cigarette smokers around? What a relief. *there is no way*

Take progression pictures

You recognize them. It’s a win-win situation for both you and your baby. Your loved ones (as well as your online fans) will be grateful to you.

I’m a complete novice, but at least I have something to work with instead of nothing. And because I was going back to work after a 12-week break, I knew I needed to select a stance, location, and time of day that anyone could readily mimic.

Treat yo’self

Take care of yourself. The days of constant newborn cuddles will soon come to an end. In the end, returning to work after maternity leave is harder than having a baby.

The last thing I’d like for you to do is squander your time on this. I want you to indulge in anything that makes you feel good, whether it’s a massage, a facial, a hair appointment, or a shopping trip.

After returning from maternity leave, I was able to focus on my work rather than the fact that I was still carrying a kid inside of me. Having a couple hours of pampering in a salon was also a nice treat. Also, I used this time to prepare for returning to work.

Get a haircut

USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

Mom Haircuts arouses strong emotions in me. All the details are available here.

Even so, haircuts are deserving of a spot on this list for the following reasons:

  • Most of the time, your hair is in a messy bun or a top knot.
  • If you haven’t gotten your hair trimmed in the last three months, it’s time to do so.

I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a fan of haircuts. Because I’m always attempting to grow my hair out, I don’t have the money for them!

Your hair will be easier to manage and more presentable for the office with a new cut. This is essential.

Pack your pumping bag

Is pumping at work on your to-do list?

When I was on maternity leave, I had a hard time pumping, which made it difficult for me to grasp the notion.

Even though I didn’t have a lot of food in the freezer, I was determined to continue breastfeeding while working full-time (and I did).

Pumping is a LOT easier when you aren’t holding the baby. It’s also a great excuse to take a break from your workday. It’s a win-win situation, to say the least.

For your convenience, I’ve provided an easy-to-follow pumping bag packing list.

Build a baby capsule wardrobe

The best time-saver has been a baby capsule wardrobe. It’s true that baby clothing are gorgeous, but the infant is already adorable! And putting together a million little outfits isn’t something I have time for.

Every stage of my baby’s life, I’ve tried to keep things simple. A few items that are comfy, washable, neutral, and easy to maintain are included. It’s nice to get rid of worn-out shorts without sacrificing the integrity of the rest of the ensemble.

I’m kidding, of course. However, I must be serious. Because of the way my mom brain makes me feel about her clothes and style, I’m not especially bothered when they don’t match, but it’s still a little embarrassing to expose her to the world like that. Oh, the things our minds may conjure up…

In a separate post, I’ll go over everything I think you should have. This post has been in the works for a long time, and it is far from finished. As far as I’m concerned, baby clothing aren’t the most important thing in the world.

Host a Baby-Q

Sips & Sees is a common term for it, but I prefer the name Baby-Q. In Chicago, my friend threw one and I’m in love with the idea.

During her maternity leave, she hosted a baby shower for all of her hometown friends and relatives. Aren’t you thrilled?

There’s no rushing about visiting everyone and their mother on the list. Relax, eat, drink and be a mommy as the people, well-wishers and gifts arrive to you.

Full disclosure: I want a baby so I can throw a themed Baby-Q! 😛

Baby proofing prep

Because infants can’t accomplish anything, I use the term “preparation” (but poop and sleep and eat). When I was pregnant, folks kept asking if I had baby-proofed the house. In those early days, baby proofing is so absurd that it’s almost comical.

For the time being, you do not need to secure the toilet or the drawers with plastic mechanisms. It’s a good idea to get a head start on such preparations while you’re on maternity leave. Before your baby begins crawling, you should begin babyproofing your home.

It was at this point that I began making mental notes about potential dangers such as loose or wobbly furniture and poisons that were conveniently located nearby. Those issues should be addressed as quickly as possible, but baby proofing is ultimately a shift in one’s way of life. That deserves it’s own post, too!

It was at this point that I began making mental notes about potential dangers such as loose or wobbly furniture and poisons that were conveniently located nearby. Those issues should be addressed as quickly as possible, but baby proofing is ultimately a shift in one’s way of life. That deserves it’s own post, too!

I began keeping track of potentially hazardous areas, such as cracks in the walls, shaky furniture, and readily available chemicals. In the long run, though, baby proofing is more of a mentality shift than anything else. A separate post is warranted for that, too.

FAQs

How do you pass time during maternity leave?

When and How to Make the Most of Your Maternity Leave

  1. Set Goals That You Can Achieve.
  2. Record your thoughts.
  3. Use this time to think on the past and plan for the future.
  4. Set Baby Goals for Yourself.
  5. Get Used to Your New Situation.
  6. Embrace the Now.

When you should stop working when pregnant?

After 32 to 34 weeks of pregnancy, most women are unable to do their customary duties. The choice to cease working can be influenced by the fact that many women’s mental emphasis is moving from becoming a new mother around the same time.

How long before due date should I take maternity leave?

In most cases, your maternity leave can begin no earlier than 11 weeks before the due date of your child. It is possible that you will have to begin your maternity leave earlier if your baby is early or if you are out of work due to another pregnancy-related reason.

How can I stop being bored on maternity leave?

Join a local library. When you’re on maternity leave, reading is a terrific way to pass the time and prevent getting bored. It also helps keep your brain active. Make sure you join your local library before you have a baby so you can borrow any books you desire.

Can maternity leave start before baby is born?

Because of their discomfort or the need for extra time to prepare, some women begin taking time from work a week or even a month before their due date. As a result, some people wait until the last minute to plan their baby’s arrival.

Can you work 8 months pregnant?

Pregnant women are generally able to continue their jobs. As a result, pregnant women may have difficulties at work. You must know how to ease the most frequent pregnancy discomforts so that you can stay healthy and productive while at work.

Can I take maternity leave at 38 weeks?

Mothers who work in California are entitled to take maternity leave at 36 weeks regardless of whether or not they have paid into the state’s Social Security Disability Insurance fund through payroll deductions. It’s possible for a woman to work closer to her due date if she so desires.

Can I go back to work 2 weeks after having a baby?

A six-week “disability” leave following the birth of a child is the usual. Depending on the demands of their profession and the level of care they receive at home, some women may be able to return to work sooner than others.

What should I do on maternity leave before baby arrives?

You may have some maternity leave time before the baby arrives (depending on your situation and the work laws in your state or country).

But what do you plan to do with your free time?? There are a few things to consider:

  • Get used to not having a job. It’s quite understandable that some mothers have a hard time shutting down. However, keep in mind that you have the right to take a complete break from work while on maternity leave. Before you go, it’s a good idea to communicate your plans to your coworkers.
  • Get organized for the big day by drawing up a plan of action. Is there a hospital bag outside the door? Check. Is there a way to go to the hospital that avoids the construction? Check. Another option is to have the baby at home. In order to avoid any unpleasant surprises from your little sprout, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
  • Double-check you’ve got everything you need. Ah, the high chair your aunt gave you doesn’t work? You’ve lost the pacifiers? There’s only one pair of pyjamas? There’ll always be something you’ve forgotten.
    • Go over everything again and make sure it’s all in order. Your aunt’s high chair doesn’t operate, is that right? Your pacifiers are missing? The only jammies I have are… Despite your best efforts, you’ll always forget something.
    • Get the essentials in. You don’t want to run out of loo roll on day two post-birth. Write a big ol’ list of the boring stuff you need to keep you going.
    • Bring only the bare necessities with you. Day two after birth, you don’t want to be without toilet paper. Make a long list of all the things you’ll need to keep you going in the long run.
    • Start by bringing in the bare requirements. Loo roll is a necessity on the second day after birth, and you don’t want to run out. Keep track of all the things you need to get through the day.
    • Chill. On any list of things to do while on maternity leave, this should be included. It’s time to get some shut-eye and binge-watch your favorite shows on Netflix. This rest recharge is going to come in handy.

Practical things to do on maternity leave (after baby arrives)

It’s a new arrival. Congrats! What to Do While on Maternity Leave? If you’re searching for “what to do while on maternity leave” on Google, it suggests that you’re up for the challenge.

  • Rest. Topping the list by a squeaker. Recuperation is essential, even if you are feeling relaxed. If you can, take it easy.
  • Get the hell out of here. Because it’s more of a necessity than a desire, this item is on the practical list. With no one else around, things can feel a little stuffy. Taking a daily walk around the block can help you get your bearings and put things into perspective.
  • Get in touch with your insurer. You may be required to notify your health insurance provider when you have a baby, as they’ll need to pay for the child’s medical care as well. Maternity leave isn’t exactly a time to enjoy yourself, we understand.
  • Checking on the status of the budget. Some mothers begin saving for their children’s education as soon as they are born. Others want to be able to relax towards the end of their break. Regardless of your current financial status, doing a financial audit is a good idea at this time.
  • Check your daycare plan. Taking a week at the end of maternity leave to see how things go with a nanny, a babysitter, or even a granny can make things a bit easier when you return to work.
  • Preparation for the return to work You may find it difficult when the time comes for you to return to work. With decreased hours, you may be able to ease yourself into the job, but it all depends on your employer’s willingness to do so.

What can I do to make money while on maternity leave?

Many mothers find it difficult to take an unpaid leave of absence from work. On the other hand, there are a number of ways to make money while on maternity leave.

How to go about planning a business while on maternity leave

Home-based freelancing may be an option for you if you’re interested in writing or social media management or doing voice-over work. You may also assist with administrative or accounting tasks or anything else that interests you. Or, if you’d prefer, you may take some online courses.

Etsy, for example, is a place where you may list your handmade goods for sale (others are available). Freelance job can be found on a plethora of websites. If you’re looking for firms that are seeking for freelancers, Google is a fantastic place to start.

Fun maternity leave activities – for when you have the energy

You’re on maternity leave, so what are some fun things to do? The following are some possibilities:

  • Keeping a daily diary is a good idea. While it’s good for your future recollections, it can also be good for your mental well-being. Emotions can be expressed through writing in a journal, and doing so might help you gain perspective.
  • Invite your family and friends over. Having a constant stream of visitors can be stressful, but having family and friends over to see the new celebrity is a fun way to pass the time.
  • Indulge in a cozy night in. A good bet is that you’re not going out. At home, you may set the mood by lighting candles and cooking up something delicious.
  • Organize your photos into an album. You’ll look back on these moments with fondness in the future if you capture them now.
  • Try something new. Crafts don’t have to be part-time jobs. Aside from that, it’s for relaxing.
  • Take a vacation. Perhaps at the conclusion of maternity leave you can take your baby out into the world for a little adventure. There are some moms who take maternity leave and travel the world, but this is not the norm. Anyone can take a trip that’s a little closer to home – even if it’s just to spend the weekend.

Do I get paid for additional maternity leave?

If you return to work within 30 days of your maternity leave, then the answer is most likely no.

It is extremely rare for anyone to get paid during the extended time off, although if they are allowed it may be taken as sick or vacation days, which are not compensated. Check with your human resources department before taking more than 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA, as maternity pay varies widely around the world.

How should I wear my hair during pregnancy?

There is no right or incorrect way to style a pregnant woman’s hair because there are so many options available! In terms of practicality, the majority of women choose braids (particularly boho braids) and sloppy buns. Pregnant women who are sensitive to scents may have difficulty wearing their hair down with some waves or curls throughout (which tends to happen around weeks 20-24).

Maternity Dress Styles: How To Wear Maternity Clothes?

As the number of maternity dress styles accessible online grows, pregnant women have no excuse not to look their best when they’re pregnant. Because there are so many options, it may take some time and effort on your part to choose the perfect costume. Dresses and skirts are great options if you want to look casual but stylish; leggings and tights are better for warmth and comfort.

Can you just size up for maternity clothes?

Pregnant women may not be able to simply “size up” their pre-baby clothing. There are numerous goods you’ll need during your pregnancy that are not only larger copies of what you wear now, but are also built differently! As an example, a pregnant woman may not be able to wear a pair of jeans because they don’t have enough room for her baby bump.

For pregnant women, maternity clothing is meant to fit their expanding stomachs while maintaining some degree of shape or proportion.

Can my employer refuse to extend my maternity leave?

Yes! There is a widespread misconception among employers that they are not compelled to prolong maternity leave past the time you would have been away on disability. Women who take 12 weeks of unpaid leave after giving birth are often required by law to get some additional time off. Your company may still refuse to pay you during this time if they are one of these companies.

Is it OK to wear leggings while pregnant?

Because leggings and tights are not the same thing. Leggings don’t have any elasticity, so they will simply stretch along with your body without restricting movement, whereas tights have seams at the toes and tend to be more restrictive around your feet.

What clothes to avoid pregnancy?

Tight clothing around your tummy, waist, and thighs. You should avoid wearing belts or elastic fasteners if you can. As an alternative, you might want to consider investing in some stylish maternity trousers, which provide better airflow and ventilation in this part of the body.

Can pregnant women eat fish?

Yes! Canned light tuna is an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids, which are needed for the development of a baby’s nervous system and brain as well as the growth and development of the mother’s fetus (not albacore).

A large amount of Vitamin B12, which is necessary for the development of red blood cells, can be obtained from fish. The Vitamin D in it aids in the absorption of calcium, which is essential for the development of your baby’s bones and teeth, as well as the health of your baby’s developing brain.

Eat only twice a week of high-mercury-content seafood such as king mackerel or swordfish to stay within the recommended daily limit of 2 g/day of mercury intake. In the case of pregnant women, this suggestion is especially relevant because they’ve consumed them every day of their pregnancy.

Consumption of raw fish by pregnant women can result in food poisoning from parasites found in raw or undercooked seafood, putting both mother and child at danger.

When it comes to fish, pregnant women should limit their intake to no more than 12 ounces per week, and that includes tuna in a can. In the early stages of pregnancy, pregnant women should avoid eating raw shellfish since it may contain hazardous germs and viruses that can cause food poisoning even if cooked, especially since the immune system is still developing.

Pregnant women should avoid ingesting either one or any combination of these substances, as they represent a risk to both the mother and her unborn child.