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You鈥檝e heard it a million times, but having a baby is a life-changing decision. And oftentimes, once you decide to become a mom, you can feel a little lost in the sea of advice out there on the internet. That鈥檚 why Rosie Pope, maternity and baby clothing designer, pregnancy concierge and mom extraordinaire, is here to help. She shares her tips on pregnancy superfoods, best workouts for when you鈥檙e expecting and now how to handle one toughie of a transition: going back to work postpartum. Here are her best tips for you.

PRACTICAL

1. Consider childcare options. This is the biggie. From nannies to family members to daycare, finding someone to care for your baby while you鈥檙e back at the office is so, so important. Spend as much time as possible vetting your options and making sure your baby鈥檚 caregiver is responsible, experienced and the whole package.

2. Establish a feeding plan. Before you go back to work, ask yourself how you plan on feeding your child. Breastmilk? Formula? A combination of both? Needless to say, once you鈥檙e back to a full-time job, breastfeeding will be more challenging so if that is your pick, get a super comfortable and well-reviewed breast pump since it鈥檒l be getting daily use. As for formula feeding, do careful research to ensure it fits your baby鈥檚 nutritional and tummy-comfort needs.

3. You may need a transitional wardrobe. Your body goes through some major changes during pregnancy, so if you鈥檙e getting back to your nine-to-five, your old work clothes might not fit so well anymore. Give yourself time and leeway to adjust back with a work-appropriate transitional wardrobe.

PHYSICAL

1. Practice self-care. When you鈥檙e caring for your infant at home and also give it your all at work, you can end up burning the candle at both ends. Be conscious of your limitations as a human being, and if you have a support network, make sure you reach out.

2. Look out for your stamina (and take naps if you can!). Naps are a form of self-care, as you being exhasuted does no good for anyone. Of course, not everyone has the luxury of napping throughout the day (ahem, baby), so catch your zzz鈥檚 where you can. Even a quick 20 minutes of shuteye can help!

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EMOTIONAL

1. Don鈥檛 feel guilty about going back. Whether transitioning back to your role as #girlboss is something you鈥檙e looking forward to or something you鈥檙e torn up over, Rosie鈥檚 advice is, 鈥淒o not feel guilty!鈥 For those mom who are really struggling with returning, Rose encourages you to really dive into the question, 鈥淚s it possible for [me] to stay at home?鈥 If the answer is definitely no, then look to her next point.

2. Manage your expectations. Time can be a great aid in helping new moms adjust, but also, leaning on your support network is another way to handle your transition. There are also all sort of new technologies that allow you to check in with your baby throughout the day, like with a Canary聽Flex ($199) camera or a Nest Cam ($199), or schedule a lunchtime FaceTime with your baby and caregiver. Do whatever you can to find ways to cope.

3. Accept you can鈥檛 achieve everything in one day. Don鈥檛 put yourself under the pressure of trying to get it all done at once. Instead, balance your responsibilities out over a month and look back to see if you鈥檝e spent enough time with you child, enough time at work, enough time with your partner and enough time for yourself.

AT WORK

1. Be proud of being a parent 鈥 but don鈥檛 overshare at work. While becoming a parent often means you want to just talk about your kid 24/7, that鈥檚 not always appropriate behavior in a professional setting. Keep the poop talk to a minimum. If baby spits up on your shirt, it鈥檚 totally normal, but maybe don鈥檛 broadcast it. Or do. Depends on your workplace ;)

2. Don鈥檛 apologize for being a mom. Okay, this last point is in all seriousness. Just because you have to leave early for a doctor鈥檚 appointment or even just to get home to your baby, it doesn鈥檛 diminish your value as an employee. You are STILL capable of doing your job. Don鈥檛 ever apologize for being a mom!

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