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The case for a staggered return to work after maternity leave

Sep 14 2018

I have to say returning to work so far has been pretty good. I have enjoyed the challenges thrown at me and most importantly I haven’t struggled too much with missing my daughter. Undoubtedly the reason for this is because I have been able to negotiate a staggered return to work; working just two days a week for approximately two months, before I switch it up a level and then go up to four days. The next step, however, is a complete unknown to me though and I am nervous (to say the least) about trying to make it all work.

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Welcome to the fifth trimester; diary of a PR girl after maternity leave

Aug 20 2018

I went back to work the other week after almost a year of maternity leave and I have to say that, so far, I am really enjoying it. I was incredibly nervous before I went back with all sorts of thoughts and fears running through my head. Of course, many of those fears are still there, but at the same time, and as the days go on, they are also lessening in their intensity somewhat. 

To give you an idea, I decided to keep a little diary of how I felt prior to going back in comparison to how I am feeling a few weeks in to highlight just what a rollercoaster of emotion this whole process has been. Perhaps you might resonate with a few of these too?

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10 Things to do before your maternity leave ends

Jun 29 2018

The end of my maternity leave is now in sight and I’m now starting to worry about the things I should do before this precious time is up. Have I made the most of this time with Amelia? Will I look back on this time and wish I had done something? Will I regret not going away more? Not going out more? Not sharing certain memories with her?

With this in mind, I asked my parent friends and followers a question; what’s the one thing you wish you had done whilst on maternity/paternity leave and didn’t get to do?

This is what they said……

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Exercise can make you feel like ‘you’ again – top 5 moves to do whilst baby is napping

Jun 18 2018

If you have read my previous blogs, then you will know that I was very worried before I went off on maternity leave that I would lose my identity without my career. Regularly there are days when I need to remind myself who I am and reassure myself that I am more than just a feeding, highchair cleaning, nappy changing, baby brain nursery rhyme singer. One of the ways I do this is by doing exercise. Yes sounds silly I know, but honestly, it just reminds me that I am more than just a mummy and helps me see clearly again, no matter how foggy my brain feels. 

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How does it feel – just ‘being mum’

Jun 09 2018

I’m Holly Pither, a PR professional, blogger, fitness fanatic, new mum to baby Amelia (nine months old) and currently on maternity leave.

When I was pregnant and people used to ask me about whether I was excited about having a baby I always responded “yes, absolutely” (well that’s what they want to hear and because, of course, it was true). However what I didn’t tell them was the very next feeling that used to hit me when they asked this; utter fear. Oh, but I wasn’t fearful about putting on weight, swollen ankles or feeling tired. I wasn’t even anxious about the long and painful birth, rather, I was fearful about leaving my job in public relations, if only for a short while.

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