Going back to work after maternity leave can be an emotional and stressful time. It’s one of the biggest transitions for mom and baby. I like to work with women leading up to that first day back to work because there are lots of ways to give her care and support that help her transition back to work more smoothly.
Here are three must-haves before going back to work:
Getting lab work done is a quick and easy way to check for nutrient deficiencies and hormone imbalances. Nutrient deficiencies like B12 and iron and hormone imbalances like thyroid are all common for women who recently gave birth. Any of these deficiencies can make stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression and overwhelm worse! Get tested and make sure everything is at an optimal level before going back to work.
It is absolutely possible to help your body respond to stress in a more effective way. Even though going back to work is a stressful event, you can support your body’s stress response so you don’t feel quite as overwhelmed. There are a few ways to do this, but I recommend using an herbal adaptogen like ashwagandha. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that literally help your body adapt to stress. They are very grounding and moms love the way it makes them feel.
Ahh, the B12 shot. B12 is a vitamin that is important for mood, nervous system and energy support. It’s common for moms to be low in B12 after giving birth. Getting an injection of high-dose B12 gives moms a quick boost of energy. Having a few B12 shots before going back to work (depending on what your lab value is), can be a wonderful way to increase your B12 vitamin stores and help you sleep better, have more energy and keep a balanced mood.
For you mamas who are struggling with the thought of going back to work, I have been there and my heart goes out to you. We must work on fighting for longer and better-paid maternity leave. You are doing such an incredible job and your baby looks up to all of your hard work!
Hi, I’m Dr. Potter and I help women feel vibrant and healthy during their motherhood journey.
It was after the birth of my first baby when I became passionate about helping other moms. I was blown away by how hard it was to heal after that birth.
Now it’s my passion to help you heal optimally after birth. Want to learn more about making a postpartum plan with me? Head HERE. Have a young baby and want to work on healing optimally after birth? Head HERE.