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How to Have A Healthy Maternity Leave

By Caroline Jacobson on October 11, 2016 in Healthy Living

Maternity leave is important for bonding with your new baby. How to make the next 12 weeks healthy.

Pregnancy planning makes nine months seem like nine seconds. From figuring out the nursery, to planning childcare, there are approximately two million tasks to accomplish.

Between check-ups and baby showers, maternity leave for you or your spouse might be left to the last minute.  Time away from work is crucial for both baby and mommy, according to a recent study. While not every new mom or dad can afford to take time out of the office, for those that are fortunate enough to take maternity leave, make sure you manage it with grace:

1. Plan Ahead

Don't wait for baby to come! Use this checklist when you talk to HR about maternity leave. Adding baby to your benefits is another topic to discuss. Continue to add to your to-do list before you're sleep deprived and covered in spit up.

2. Scout New Friends

Find other mothers or fathers who are home during your maternity leave. Try resources like MeetUp and Nextdoor. Your OB-GYN and pediatrician office likely have additional tips, too.

Groups come in all styles and sizes. Find new parent friends that suit your style or look for ones that'll keep you active—like stroller workout groups.

3. Plan for Downtime

Sleepless deprivation and late night feedings go hand-in-hand. When you do have free time (or nap time?) making a list can help you accomplish the tasks you really want to get done before you take a cat nap with your little one.

4. Some Other Relaxing Suggestions for Free Time:

• Catch-up on streaming shows
• Books
• Podcasts
• Research products to buy
• Make healthy meal plans/grocery lists
• Set lunch dates if you're missing friends

No matter how your plan your maternity leave, take pictures and enjoy the time with your baby. Revel in their new skills and soak up those sweet baby smiles!