“Transition From Working Woman to Motherhood” written by Charmaine Roth and published in Great Health Guide (May 2016). Are you facing the dilemma of going back to work as a new mother? Read other mindset articles on our website. Great Health Guide is a hub of expert-inspired resources empowering busy women to embody health beyond image … purpose beyond measure.
Mindset: Transition From Working Woman to Motherhood written by Charmaine Roth
One of the most difficult transitions for women is the leap from working when ‘child free’ to making the choice between working or being a stay at home mum. Motherhood can be terrifying, tumultuous, tedious and terrific all at once.
Whilst pregnant, the one thing that is not spoken about very much is the huge change that confronts a woman as she assumes the role of mother. The once capable member of the workforce, finds herself in a position where life suddenly changes. The working wardrobe changes to that of ‘wash’n wear’ together with a ‘baby bag’. Intellectual stimulation of a working day is replaced by the minutiae of what to cook for dinner – the daily routine is centred around mealtime, sleep time and bath time – the world shrinks and conversation becomes primarily about babies. One’s whole identity changes and no longer is achievement measured by a big pay cheque and results; mums are conditioned to measure themselves on the achievements of their kids and how perfectly they manage their day.
Then comes the age old dilemma – to work or not to work? For some, the second income is a necessity to maintain ‘the essentials’ and a desired lifestyle. For others who are career driven, the need to keep a foot in the professional door is necessary for advancement and personal fulfilment. There is no perfect choice – whatever the decision, women judge themselves and are judged by the wider community. The mum who chooses to stay at home with her baby loses her work identity and sometimes can become invisible in society.
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