The hardest time postpartum is NOT immediately after the baby is born.
In the beginning, we already have an expectation that things will be hard and there will be circumstances that require creative navigation.
The hardest time for moms postpartum, in my opinion, is actually when they return to work.
You can plan your return to work within an inch of your life, and there will STILL be things that derail your plans.
It’s all about the expectations.
I always encourage moms to dial back expectations when a challenging time or a big change is coming up. Set your expectations to the bare minimum.
Something is always better than nothing!
Hit the minimums and give yourself a timeframe when you think you’ll be able to level up. MAKE IT GRADUAL.
Underestimate so you can overdeliver instead of “fail”.
We’re playing the long game here. It’s so important to build in the habits that will get us through the day and seasons of chaos.
Returning to work is a time when moms just don’t get enough credit for all the hats they are wearing.
I’d love to hear what’s worked for you! What are the habits that you’ve stacked to make your routine work? Did you feel supported in your return to work?
If you’re a provider, what are the tips you give to your moms? Are you setting them up for success?