10 Things You Can Do On Maternity Leave On A Budget
We women spend ages planning while we are pregnant; making sure we have everything we need for baby, the house is ready for the new arrival, preparing for labour and birth but we rarely think beyond that.
We are lucky to have six months with our babies but it can be isolating if you don’t get out and about while you are off work. The last thing you should do is isolate yourself. There are so many activities you can do on maternity leave that don't cost the earth and can be great for both you and baby.
1. Join a mother and baby group
These come in many different forms; breastfeeding support, mom fitness groups and general support groups. While they are a bit daunting at first, they are invaluable in terms of real-life advice and showing you that everything you are doing and everything that your baby is doing is completely normal. They can be great for helping to prevent Post-natal depression too!
2. Infant massage classes
These are such a lovely idea; your baby gets to chill out with a lovely massage and you both get bonding time. It’s a win-win! They are usually quite affordable and can be done with a group or you can hire someone to come into your home to instruct you.
Either class, gym or just out for a walk. Exercise is known for triggering the happy hormones so can be a great way to fight the baby blues. Walking with baby, joining a mom walking group or avail of a special offer at your local gym.
4. Catch up with friends
What better way to spend your maternity leave that catching up with friends you haven’t seen for a while. Ok you are unlikely to be out on the town every weekend with a small baby but you could do lunch, coffee or dinner. Why not ask your partner to occasionally mind baby so you can have a bit of girl’s night out too?
5. Learn a new skill
There are so many options for this. you could learn a language, teach yourself to knit, write that book you have had in your head for the last ten years. Whatever it is, it can give you a great sense of achievement at the end of the six months.
6. Give yourself a makeover
Make yourself feel good by getting a new look. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, it can be simply figuring out new ways to wear your current wardrobe or a box of home hair dye. Basically, do whatever it takes to make you feel good!
7. Catch up on reading
We all have that pile of unread or half-read books. Maternity leave is the perfect opportunity to catch up or do a book swap with a friend; a great way to get new books without spending a cent.
8. Binge watch your favourite shows/movies
Ok so this may be more for before baby arrives or for those lucky enough to have very quiet babies! Perfect time to catch up on all the storylines you have missed.
9. Get some culture
When baby arrives, keep yourself in touch with the outside world by indulging in some culture. If you really can’t leave the house, get yourself a glass of wine and take a virtual museum tour online. Not quite the same but at least you can wear your pyjamas!
This is by far the most important for before and after baby arrives. They say you should sleep when baby does but that is not always possible. My mantra for my current maternity leave is to sleep when I can, the dishes can wait!
What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!