September 16th is national Working Parents Day, a day celebrating parents who balance their time between providing for their family with raising their children. The day is meant to give much-needed rest to parents working a full-time job while maintaining a healthy marriage or relationship and raising a family. But with more and more moms in the workforce, it can actually serve as a reminder that being a parent while pursuing a career is manageable.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The labor force participation rate of mothers with children under 18 years of age was 69.9 percent in 2013.” Though the thought of having to divide your attention between work and family may leave you feeling stressed, the key to achieving your goals at home and in the workplace is to plan, organize and stay healthy.
Make a Plan
Planning your pregnancy allows you to take control of your future. Knowing where you want to be in your life and career before you get pregnant is essential to achieving your goals. Your ObGyn or obstetrician should offer pre-conceptual counseling to help you figure out when it’s right for you to take the first step toward becoming a mother. Also having the full array of services provided by an obstetrician like genetic testing, fetal monitoring and postpartum care will ensure that your pregnancy is safe and free from surprises so you can worry less and work more.
Find out your company’s maternity leave policy and what your insurance covers. Many companies also have paternity leave or similar policies for fathers. Schedule an appointment with Human Resources to see what benefits are available. Preparing for your maternity leave will keep you on your career path and help avoid unexpected financial issues so you can make the most of your time with your baby. If you’re trying to conceive, track your menstrual cycles with a mobile app called Period Tracker Lite to predict ovulation and your most fertile days.
Stay Healthy and Connected
Being in shape will give you the energy and confidence you need to keep going when balancing parenthood and work life wears you down. You can use the app MyFitnessPal to track your diet and exercise on the go. And when the baby comes, the app Baby Connect helps you manage your child’s schedule and records information, like the last time the baby was fed or how long he slept for easy coordination with your day-care center, caregiver or spouse.
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