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"She Works Hard For The Money..."

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:21pm
If you know me, or if you've read here awhile, you know that I worked until the week before Bo was due.

I'll be the first to admit that working during pregnancy is difficult. There were many days when I just felt awful (I didn't fully realize how awful until after Bo was born and I began to feel normal again...) The hallway leading to the girl's bathroom, which I frequented about a million times a day, seemed 400 miles long. My feet were swollen. I felt like a cow. Most days I just wanted to take a nap. And dealing with high school kids when you feel awful and your hormones are shot isn't always peachy. But somehow, I made it to work every day with the thought in the back of my mind that I'd have 6 weeks off once the baby arrived. Little did I realize that when Bo arrived the real work would just be beginning...

Needless to say, I was pleased as punch when I received a copy of Marjorie Greenfield'sThe Working Woman's Pregnancy Book to review.

Many pregnancy books on the market today seem to be targeted to SAHWs (Stay at Home Wives) and don't always take into consideration that sometimes taking a nap in the middle of the day or eating every hour aren't really options for all of us.

This is definitely a book I wish I would have had during my pregnancy and I would highly recommend it to any mom-to-be who is working. It has real world advice about how to tell your boss, how to plan for maternity leave, and how to deal with the discomforts of pregnancy while still maintaining your workload.

The most interesting part of the book for me at this stage of the game is the section about returning to work as I'm still struggling to figure out exactly how I intend to balance my career and family. The book discusses the emotions associated with returning to the workforce, pumping, daycare options, post- partum birth control (of course I had to laugh at that section!), and even an entire chapter devoted to finding that balance that I am currently struggling to achieve.

Dr. Greenfield has started her own blog to answer questions which will be a good resource for many moms-to-be as well.

I think Donna Summers' song should be the theme for any working woman. And we all need an 80's flashback now and then...
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