You may have heard about the three pregnancy trimesters, but there are actually six trimesters! One is during the preconception period (known as the pre-trimester,) then you have the first, second, and third trimesters during pregnancy, the next is immediately postpartum, and the last pregnancy trimester is when a new mom goes back to work.
You have survived the pre-trimester, getting pregnant, and then you survived 3 trimesters of pregnancy, plus the fourth trimester, postpartum.
Now the next trimester begins, and that is when you return to work after having your baby.
Getting back into the regular life that you had before your baby was born is not as easy as it may seem. Everything in your life is different. Something as simple as showering before work or staying at work all day is suddenly and vastly different because now you have to find someone to watch your baby while you're getting ready for work and you may have to pump at work several times a day. Let alone, facing the workday on little to no sleep.
Going back to work after having a baby is the culmination of becoming a new mom, and while it can be difficult, it is doable. Let us help you navigate this challenging period!
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