Top 4 Tips on How to Prepare for First Time Maternity Leave

Written by  //  January 28, 2013  //  Health, Wellness  //  1 Comment

apply tips  Time Maternity LeaveAny woman who discovers she is expecting a baby for the first time will initially experience an array of emotions that veer from wild excitement to fear of the unknown. There will be plenty of things that you will need to sort out in the months prior to meeting your little one and getting yourself prepared for your maternity leave will ensure that you get the most out of it. Exactly what you should do to prepare yourself before starting maternity leave or as Danes say it barsel, will depend on your priorities, but here is a list of the top 4 tips to give you a helping hand.

1. As soon as you know you are pregnant tell the human resources department at work. This is beneficial to both of you because they will be able to prepare by winding down your workload close to your due date and find a temporary replacement and you will be able to get support from them if you feel unwell or need to take time off for doctors and hospital appointments. Ask if you can set a tentative leaving date that you can adjust depending on how you feel nearer to the time. Don’t be afraid to ask to bring that date forward if you are feeling exhausted. It is important that you be as rested as possible going into labour as this will put less stress and strain on your body and ensure that you recover quicker. If you still have work to finish, ask if you can be allowed to do it from home.

2. Antenatal classes are important to a new mum for many reasons. Not only will they tell you what will be happening to your body so you can be prepared for what comes next, they are a great way to meet other mums that are due to give birth around the same time as you. By making new friends who are going through the same, you are creating a support group. You can compare the preparations that you are making and find out other things that you need to do. You can also be each other’s sounding boards and can give each other advice and reassurance, which is something that any new mum to be will need.

3. If you have limited experience with babies it is a good idea to spend plenty of time with one before it is time to meet yours. Ask a friend who has a baby if they can help you learn to be confident at handling one. If you do not know anyone with a baby then talk to your antenatal teacher or doctor to see if they can recommend anything. This learning practice is encouraged by health care professionals and often they will have a group in place to provide inexperienced people with some help and learning prior to the birth.

4. Be sensible and try not to take out any new financial commitments. It can be tempting to put your home on the market and find something new and bigger. The reality is that you have the stress of a larger mortgage at a time when your income may be less and your outgoings more. Also you don’t know how you will feel when it is time to go back to work. Many new mums find that they just cannot leave the baby all day. Having less financial commitments will mean that you can stay at home longer or change your job to part time.

Learn also how you can get unemployment benefit as unemployed (få dagpenge som arbejdsløs as Danes say it) if you follow the link. Check out also how trade unions can support you in such cases.

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