7 badass ways I’m prepping to return to work after maternity leave

7 badass ways I’m prepping to return to work after maternity leave

Did I mention that I’m returning to work this month?

Well, I don’t want to go on about it but… I’m going to anyway. It’s a pretty big deal for me. It’s a pretty big deal for any working mum, I can imagine.

So I know the date I’m returning. I’ve been in contact with my manager and I’m 99% sure that at least one person will remember who I am. I’ve accepted that a complete stranger will hold my precious baby girl’s life in their hands (and her delightful nappies too!). It’s all a done deal.

The problem with my return to work

But there’s way more to consider than just the mental preparation. I’ve been working on that since the moment I cuddled up to her.

I hate to say it, but I’m ready.

My wardrobe, face, hair and life meanwhile, aren’t. I need to actually prepare my outer-self for a return to work.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve spent this year wearing no make up and often forgetting to brush my hair. My wardrobe has consisted mainly of tent-like ensembles under a coating of crumbs/sick/who-the-hell-knows. Basically, any hint of glamour has long since left me far behind.

The solution – becoming work-ready

But that’s going to change.

I can’t persuade grown-ups to take me seriously whilst looking like a dogs dinner. So I’m making the following adjustments:

1) Desperately scanning style inspiration on Pinterest to remember how to ‘dress’ myself again. Muted outfit tones seem to be the way to go.

2) Embarking on a fairly expensive shopping trip to pick up some smart trousers that I actually fit into (still working on those last few pounds – which seem to have settled stubbornly on my behind).

3) Finding in a few fitted jackets to make me feel all business-like again.

4) Spending another delightful sum on make-up that I’ve been promised won’t slide off my face by lunchtime. I’ve heard good things about Bare Minerals (and so far, so good) so I don’t mind parting with a little money to look a bit less dead.

5) Investing in a gym membership to shape up the aforementioned behind. OK, technically this isn’t solely for returning to work, but it all helps with the boardroom confidence. Plus, the gym (or jacuzzi) is a great stress-reliever for me.

6) Grabbing a few new accessories and hair products to try and tame the incredibly irritating wisps of broken hair around my temple. There is nothing as annoying as trying to look ‘put together’ whilst sporting an array of curly devil’s horns around your face.

7) Re-packing my handbag with brand new stationary (yay!), hand cream, healthy lunches,  a small make-up kit and possibly a small photo of my darling baby girl. I’m still debating the last one in case it makes me too emotional. I’ll let you know what I decide!

So my hair, face, body and handbag are pretty much sorted. But with 2 weeks to go, I still have time to organise anything that I’ve forgotten. Which is where you, you lovely reader, come in.

In my desperation to look like a legit business-woman, have I forgotten anything important? What’s your number one tip for prepping a return to work after maternity leave?

Please let me know in the comments below!

7 badass ways I'm prepping to return to work after maternity leave




  1. December 7, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I havent got any tips as you seem to have it all covered. I think self-confidence is the main key – as long as you feel ok, it will be ok. The first few weeks will be tough, but eventually it’ll click into place and you’ll wonder why you were so worried in the first place! #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      December 7, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Ah thank you so much – I think you’re right, I need to go in with the attitude that “I’ve got this”, otherwise I’ll be a wreck before I even start (regardless of whether I’m well dressed or not haha!) x X

  2. December 8, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Reading this took me back to returning to work after my first baby! I was so daunted – like my brain had fallen out of my ear. In truth though, after a few weeks I wondered what the hell I worried about – hot tea, pub lunches, adult conversation, cheeky lunchtime shopping…it was amazing. I swore that I wouldn’t be scared second time around…but life had other ideas for me and I was made redundant. I guess my rambly point is, you’ll be fine. Good luck! Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      December 12, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Haha yes! That’s exactly where my brain went. Thank you lovely… talking to other mums like yourself has actually sparked that little bit of excitement about all sorts of adulty things! I think I need to just throw myself back into it. Thanks so much for your wise words 😊 x

  3. December 11, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    My top tip would include a trip to the hair dressers – there’s not much you can’t do with good hair cut #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      December 12, 2017 / 9:51 am

      Errrr how did I forget this!? I’ve just looked in the mirror and I am in serious need of a chop! Thank you so much, I think you’re absolutely right x

  4. December 12, 2017 / 11:59 am

    No tips here I’m afraid but I wish you well with the return to work. #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      December 13, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much lovely 😘

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