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Maternity Leave and How to Maintain Your Professional Network

February 10, 2016

Maternity Leave and How to Maintain Your Professional Network

If you’re a woman with a burgeoning career and you’re about to have a baby, you are probably wondering whether you’ll be able to maintain your professional network whilst you are away caring for your little one. It can be a frustrating feeling if you’ve spent years climbing the corporate ladder, or have worked hard at growing your career prospects and professional network.

So, is there anything useful you can do to sustain and maintain, and possibly even grow, this professional network while on your maternity leave?

Growing Your Network While You Are Absent

It might seem like a pipe dream, but there are some really practical things you can do to maintain your professional network. Here are some options to consider:

  • Don’t feel like you need to be quiet whilst on maternity leave. There’s nothing stopping you from engaging with your colleagues via social media, through email, on the phone, or just stopping by to bring your baby in for a quick visit. You might even set up a social meeting outside of work with your boss or someone in a management position for a quick coffee and chat. These small things can keep you in the loop and maintain your network.
  • Once you engage and connect, put forward some new ideas. It could be something as simple as improving the way the office works to make things more efficient, or a new idea related to marketing or your own niche. The important thing is that you’re using your brain whilst on leave and contributing potentially important ideas to the running of the business or company. Doing this also demonstrates just how committed you are to your colleagues and the company.
  • If you’re on maternity leave, there might be an option for you to do some work from home. It won’t be full time, but setting up at home so you can answer some emails, get some light paperwork done or some other basic tasks will remind your colleagues that you’re committed and that your skills are important to the running of the workplace.

Your Professional Network Can Grow While You Look After Your Baby

Maintaining a network while you are on maternity leave may seem difficult, but the key is communication. If you communicate regularly with your colleagues and plan ahead, you can hit the ground running once you return.

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Size Guide

The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body so that if you were say, an AU/UK ’S’ (8-10) before, you’ll most likely be the same now in Peachymama sizing. 

In the video, Taryn wears size 12/14 (Medium)

Find out for yourself

Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra. 

    TOPS & DRESSES

    PEACHYMAMA SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16
    US SIZE XXS XS S M
    US SIZE 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
    CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN
    BUST 89-94 35-37 94-99 37-39 99-104 39-41 104-109 41-43
    WAIST 66-72 26-28 72-76 28-30 76-81 30-32 81-86 32-34
    HIPS 91-97 36-38 97-102 38-40 102-107 40-42 107-112 42-44

     

    PANTS & JEANS

    PEACHYMAMA SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16
    US SIZE XXS XS S M
    US SIZE 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
    CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN
    WAIST 66-72 26-28 72-76 28-30 76-81 30-32 81-86 32-34
    HIPS 91-97 36-38 97-102 38-40 102-107 40-42 107-112 42-44
    FRONT RISE 28 11 29 11 1/2 30 11 3/4 31 12
    INSIDE LEG 76 30 77 30 1/3 78 30 2/3 79 31

    * 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
    ** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.