Working while caring for a newborn at home can be exhausting for any woman, Dr. Carter says.
“It’s important for moms to eat well, stay hydrated, get mild or moderate exercise when they can, continue taking prenatal vitamins and, if possible, sneak in some time to nap whenever possible,” she says. “If a partner or a support person is at home, one way to get mom more sleep is to give the baby a bottle of breastmilk instead of feeding directly from the breast.”
Indeed, Dr. Selander says returning to work has not been without its challenges, but she is glad to be back caring for patients.
“It’s been really rewarding working with patients again,” she says. “They’re the reason I got into this field in the first place.”