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Being a Working Mom Gets Easier

If you feel teary while in the office, don’t let your emotions take over. When Sarah Hutter, an executive editor at a large media company, felt like breaking down at the office, she sought the support of a fellow working mom who assured her that it would, indeed, get easier over time.

By the end of the third week, Sarah began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Though she still has her “meltdown moments,” she enjoys the balance between work and motherhood. “There are more days than not that I come home feeling really happy with my situation. It just feels like I’m getting the best of both worlds,” she says.

There is no set schedule, but adjusting to life back at the office after bonding with baby takes time. “It is the rare mother who can juggle the worlds of work and home with contentment and ease from day one,” says Landow. “Most women should expect to feel shaky for at least two weeks following maternity leave. It takes time to re-establish yourself at work and settle into your new role and routine at home.”

Having successfully made it through the first 30 days of returning to work after maternity leave, Sarah is happy to share her advice. “I think it’s a lot to take on all at once,” she says. “Cry if you feel like crying, but know that it really does get better.”

Posted: 10/3/07