Wish We'd Known: 19 Things No One Told Us About Maternity Leave

From the day you're back at home with your newborn to the day you head back to work, here's how to make the most of your maternity leave (19 Photos)

Kelly Grant on Nov 2, 2011 at 2:20PM

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You Will Have a Breakdown

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a Kelly Grant on Sep 27, 2011 at 10:48AM

The baby won’t stop crying, you haven’t had a square meal in days, and the breast milk you were finally able to pump just spilled all over the kitchen counter. Tears will flow, and really, it's okay. Hormonal changes post-birth are a fact of life and are a big part of why you're blue. Plus you’re operating on very little sleep with an infant who’s not exactly able to say "thank you" yet. Take a break, take a walk, take whatever’s legal (a little wine is fine!) to get through the moment and then know that this is very normal for new moms. Other things that help: more sleep, exercise, fresh air, hugs from your partner, and help from anyone who can watch the baby while you head out for some me-time.

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