Odds are you knew a few working moms even before you had a baby: They're your colleagues, friends, senators (woot! woot!), your morning newscasters. Heck, there's a good chance you were raised by one. So it makes sense that when it's your turn to return to work as a new mom, you think, I can do this! And you can. But just know these things first: Here's what no one tells you about work after baby.
You Won't Figure It All Out on Maternity Leave
During maternity leave, you may be off work (the paying kind, anyway), but your new-mom brain will eventually start to juggle back-to-work anxieties. And you, being the awesome worker bee that you are, will desperately want to map out your game plan to have a perfect schedule and find the perfect daycare so you can be the perfect new-mom employee when the time comes to slip (er, stuff) back into business casual. But here's the thing: You can't. Your schedule will require adjustments on a near-daily basis -- your baby will be too sick for daycare, a meeting will run late or (ugh) there will be traffic on the freeway. Balancing work and family is a moving target that you'll aim for each day and achieve on occasion.
There's no perfect amount of time off and 18 other things no one told us about maternity leave.