Dear MTH readers,
As I write this blog entry, I am 39 weeks pregnant and expecting my first child! As a first time mom with a busy private studio, I planned my maternity leave months in advance, and would like to share with you my experience. I also welcome your feedback!
Obviously every pregnancy is different, so this will vary from person to person. I am very thankful that I have had a pretty smooth pregnancy, so I decided to take just a month off before my due date. This has allowed me time to do some last minute shopping for baby stuff, get nursery ready, and just relax and enjoy the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I will admit I have felt a bit restless from time to time, especially these last two weeks, so if I could do it all over again, I probably would have continued teaching for two more weeks or so, to take my mind off this waiting game!
How soon should I resume teaching after the baby is born?
Again obviously this will vary depending on individual health situation and also if the baby decides to arrive early or late (two weeks before or after due date is normal!) I have told all my students that I will take another whole month off after my estimated due date, but that I will keep them posted in terms of how it all goes in the end, and if I should need extra time. Thankfully all my students are very understanding and we will just see how things go! [···]