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 Learn to Say No

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a Kelly Grant on Sep 27, 2011 at 10:49AM

Most babies eat at least every three hours so that doesn't leave a ton of time for you to shower, sleep or watch Gossip Girl. That means that you will quickly learn to push back against demands that just aren't working for you -- and that's okay. You have every right to say no to unannounced visitors, to strangers poking your baby, to anyone offering unsolicited advice. Get your hubby on board to tell your MIL that you're not able to make it for dinner. Don't feel guilty about being protective of your baby, yourself or your sanity!

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