What To Do on Maternity Leave


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Wondering what to do on maternity leave?We've got you covered. It's a time filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, pumping, and just a whole lot of baby stuff. 

You're juggling your new role as a mom, managing the house, and squeezing in a bit of self-care when you can. But in-between the feedings, diaper changes, and baby naps, there's some free time that makes you wonder what to do.

You're not alone. Many new moms find themselves yearning for something more, something that adds more excitement throughout their day feeling more fulfilled.

We've put together a guide on how to make the most of your maternity leave. We'll walk you through activities that'll help you relax, grow, and create beautiful memories with your little one.

Whether you're a first-time mom or a seasoned pro, our guide is all about making sure your maternity leave is relaxing and enjoyable. 

So, let's dive in and explore the best things to do on maternity leave.

15 Things To Do On Maternity Leave

1. Join a moms group

Consider joining into a moms' group! It's not just about filling time, but also a way to educate yourself and learn from other moms going through similar experiences.

You can all share stories, trade tips, and most importantly make new friends. With other moms by your side, that sense of isolation and loneliness will also fade. With all the highs and lows of pregnancy, joining a moms group will make you feel more confident and happy during your maternity leave. 

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2. Get a haircut or blowout

There's nothing like getting a fresh blowout or haircut to make your week feeling 10x better. Because when you look better, you also feel better! Trust me, go get that blowout asap.

3. Daily home cleaning: tackle one room at a time

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Thinking about cleaning the entire house can feel very overwhelming. So, why not pick one room each day and clean it. Not only is it therapeutic, but you'll have a clean house in no time. 

If cleaning an entire room is a bit  overwhelming, start by cleaning out a couple of drawers or a closet! 

4. Exercise

Exercising during maternity leave has a lot of benefits. Not only does it help in physical recovery by restoring muscle tone and strength, exercise releases endorphins, improving mood, reducing anxiety, and enhancing your overall well-being.

It can also help manage your postpartum weight, improve your sleep quality, and have you feel more energized throughout the day. 

We highly suggest inviting a friend to join you at a workout class or your local gym so you have an accountability partner!

5. Grab a coffee with a friend or family member

Speaking of the gym, there is nothing like grabbing a coffee after a hard workout. Not only do you feel good, but it curbs your appetite if your trying to loose that baby weight. 

It's also a great way to catch up with people! I'm craving an iced cappuccino now.

6. Journaling

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I know your mind is probably running 100mph during this time which is why journaling can help you gather your thoughts making you feel less overwhelmed throughout the day. 

Remember, there is no right way to journal - you can write about whatever you want! Whether that's how you are feeling today, what you want to get done for the day, things you are enjoying in your life right now, things that are stressing you out, etc. It really is just a way to gather and organize your thoughts and mental health. Take it as you please!

7. Baby proofing the house

Before you know it, your baby will be up and running around the house. Why not spend the time now baby proofing the house, rather than later when you'll probably be much busier with work. 

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Most moms would argue you should baby proof the house even before your baby starts to crawl! Not sure how to baby proof your home? Check out this article on a checklist on how to baby proof each room in your home.

You would be surprised how many things you need to change. Things like covering electricity outlets, cordless window covering, mount and even securing heavy furniture to the wall, etc

8. Self care (nails, face mask, massage)

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Before you can fully attend to the well-being of your baby, you have to make sure you're taking good care of yourself! Prioritizing self-care, including getting your nails done, putting on a face mask, drawing a bath, or getting a massage, are great examples. 

9. Go on a shopping spree

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You deserve it! Treat yourself to a shopping spree and pick out a new outfit. That feeling of wearing something new is unbeatable. It's like a fresh start to your day – you look and feel great and there's an undeniable sense of being clean. Trust me, it instantly lifts your spirits and brightens your day. 

10. Spend time alone

I think this is the most underrated thing on this list ! Most moms are so busy taking care of their baby that they forget to take some alone time for themselves. Make sure to set aside moments for solitude to recharge. Whether it's a quiet cup of tea in the afternoon or a few minutes of deep breathing, alone time can be rejuvenating.

11. Grocery shopping

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Grocery shopping is not only practical but can be an enjoyable activity with your newborn. It allows you to stock up on household essentials, while providing a brief change of scenery and a chance to get some fresh air. Side note: make sure you don't go shopping when your hungry, otherwise you will stock up on a bunch of hot Cheetos and chips (I'm guilty of that lol). 

Try to make wise food choices because it can positively impact the way you physically feel, especially during this transformative time. Speaking of food make sure your aware on how long you can go without eating while pregnant, plus all the foods you should be eating and avoiding.

12. Go for a walk

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Put on a cute Lululemon workout set or a stretchy catsuit and go out for a hot mom walk!! 

It's not only a great way to stay active and get a change of scenery, but get some fresh air and meditate. Not only is walking good for your well-being, but it also stimulates your baby's senses as they observe the outdoor world.

13. Time capsule

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Creating a time capsule during your maternity leave is a great way to capture precious moments and memories that you can revisit with nostalgia in the years to come. 

If you're struggling to figure out what to put in your baby's time capsule you can add their ultrasound photos, their newborn footprints, baby stats, etc. Here's 32 more ideas for your baby's time capsule.

14. Binge watch your favorite TV show

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There is nothing like binge watching your favorite TV show during maternity leave. Friends, Breaking Bad, Shameless, Peaky Blinders, Gossip Girl, Game of Thrones, you name it. There are so many options to choose from!

15. Plan your child's care

It's wise to plan your child care now than later. You want to make sure that your baby is in good hands, not only for your baby but for your piece of mind. This way you can also focus on your personal and career goals. Planning ahead of time not only is less stressful, but it gives you options to pick the best care that for your child and his/her needs.

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Your maternity leave is a precious time to bond with your baby, take care of yourself, and create lasting memories. Take advantage of the support of family and friends, seek out to other moms, and trust in your strength as a mother. Most importantly, trust your instincts and know that you're doing an incredible job. 

We hope this list of things to do on maternity leave helps you get through this unique stage in your life. Remember to savor every moment, embrace the challenges, and celebrate the joys of motherhood. Enjoy this beautiful journey into motherhood to the fullest!

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