While there are lots of benefits of going back to work after having children, it can at times feel like a constant juggling act. So how do you manage the demands of both work and your family and still find time for yourself, when it feels like you’re being pulled in a million different directions?
We're also going to take a look at your rights at work when you're pregnant, and ways to deal with being in an office as an expectant mum.
And above all, we'll look at how to make life easier and still find time for yourself.
But first, our question of the month is - what's your top tip for working mums?
- Accept help from friends and family if it is offered. No-one is supermum and it doesn't mean that you have failed in anyway if you need help and accept it. It's not easy being a mum and working. Fozia, Muslim Mummy
- When you cook stews or mince dishes make double the quantity, it doesn't take much longer to prepare but you can freeze one and then you have a quick, tasty, easy meal for evenings when you don't have time to cook. Cath Joyce
- Get organised and forward plan as much as possible so you can make things easier for yourself and save time: plan meals ahead, do online shopping, iron a week's worth of your own and your child/ren's clothes at once (dull but saves scrabbling round and having to do emergency 'just in time' ironing at 7am), top up your Oyster card/organise your travel card in advance so that you're not rushing around as much in the morning. I've actually devised a monthly meal planner for the kids. I know that makes me sound like a freak, but I have chilled out a lot since doing it as I'm not going to bed thinking about what I'm going to make the next day and I'm not doing nearly as many extra shops now. Fran. The Parent Social
- When my son was four months old I returned to work two days a week while my husband stayed at home. My top tip would be to try and share the parenting duties. Because my husband was able to stay at home, he got a great understanding of what it was like to be at home on your own with the baby - and I got a great understanding of what it was like to be at work all day and away from the baby. We both found it really hard, but we both appreciated what the other had done each day. Kiran, Mummy Says
- I work mainly from home, so my tip would be to have a designated work area and routine so you get yourself into the right frame of mind during your working hours (whenever they may be). While it's an ideal solution for me and lots of other parents, it can be isolating at times, so use Skype or messanging services to talk to colleagues, and chat to other mums on Twitter during breaks. Even listening to music can help. And make sure you always have teabags, milk and biscuits in the house! Gill, A Baby on Board
We'll be back soon with more posts, but in the meantime, let us know your essential time-saving tips. How do you make life easier as a working parent?