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Most pregnant women look forward to their maternity leave. They often have preconceived expectations of what it’ll be like and are eager to start binge-watching all the Netflix series they’ve fallen behind on.

The postpartum period however is not exactly the ‘all expenses paid holiday’ one might expect. It’s really a mixed bag, from extreme exhaustion to loving cuddles, mess, mum buns, tantrums and lots of learning! Luckily, the return to work date is far away in the distance and there’s really no need to think about it. Until there is. It’s here, and it’s come around quicker than you could have ever imagined.

Returning to work after maternity leave can bring about a whirlwind of emotions. Whether you’re desperate for some regular adult discussions or are absolutely dreading going back, your time is up and your boss is expecting you in the office (or on zoom) on Monday morning.

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