Some women may look at their own post-pregnancy life with trepidation. They might think it means the end of their career, their alone time, or that any interests they had will stop. That’s absolutely not true. You can both enjoy your new arrival, and consider yourself an individual with your own wants and needs. There’s nothing stopping you from doing everything. You’ll find you enjoy time with your family even more if you’re a happier and more well-rounded person.
Apply For That New Job
Found out you’re 3 months pregnant? Congratulations! There is, however, nothing stopping you from applying for that new job. You can be upfront with your interviewers and see how they take it. Better yet, job hunting whilst on maternity leave gives you plenty of time to explore your options and attend interviews without having to take time out of work. Only do the things you know you can physically handle, but if you can do it, go for it! Follow your passion and work towards the life you want.
Explore Study Options
There are many long-distance, part-time learning courses that you can study online while you work and raise your children. Institutions like George Washington University offer online courses covering a wide range of topics including political management, if you want to develop your career in this field. Studying online can be fit around your work and family needs, with many courses lasting over 3 or more years so you can space out your studying to times that suit you.
Strengthen Your Support Network
You can definitely do the things you want, but it might be tough. Having a support network is essential for strength and keeping yourself going during the most difficult times. You might just need to see a friendly face, or physically need some support with childcare if you’re unwell. You don’t have to go it alone.
You Don’t Have To Be Superwoman
You aren’t a machine. How can you successfully make your kid go to sleep by 8, finish all your work to a high standard, and stay up all night studying? Deal with the fact that you can’t be perfect, and try and live happily in the grey area between sleepless nights and those little moments of victory that make it all worthwhile.
What Is Your ‘Have It All’
It’s time to let go of those notions of what you think success looks like, and be honest about what you really want. If you’d rather spend time with your kids and are in a position to leave work, do so. If you want to earn a high income to support your family, do that if you can. At the end of the day the point of life is to enjoy it, so try not to be too hard on yourself.
Embracing adventures as a mum can take you and your family’s life in exciting new directions that will make you stronger as a result. Being a mum can be your source of strength in exploring new careers, study or friendship groups and give your life an extra layer of meaning.