Life with a baby in tow can be difficult at the best of times but if you also want to work then you need to have some very good organisational skills, but it is definitely doable. Some of us mums have to work for financial reasons,, while for others it is a big part of who we are and so the thought of giving up on our career is well, unthinkable. Just because we carry baby for 9 months does not mean we have to continue carrying baby once they have arrived as maternity leave / paternity leave can be shared between you and TOH. This is something you need to be discussing before baby makes an appearance as you both need to be on the same page for this one. Legally you need to inform your employer when you plan to start maternity leave 15 weeks before your baby is due, although you can change this date if you give 4 weeks’ notice. Most expectant mums are entitled to up to 50 weeks off, 37 of which paid, although how much you want to take is your choice and as previously mentioned this can be shared with your partner. The last thing on your mind at the moment may be returning to work but if this is what you plan then it may be worth looking at some nurseries as they can fill up quickly, particularly the popular ones. Do you choose a nursery near work or home, will you be working from home or have to be at your workplace when you go back, or do you look at getting a nanny? Will you be going back full-time or part-time and could yours or TOH parent’s help with some of the childcare? There are so many questions, and it can be overwhelming. Be open with your desires and discuss with all involved as you may find your work is very accommodating and your parents are ready to step up and help. There may also be more financial help out there for you and your family. £500 Surestart maternity grants are available if you or TOH receive certain benefits and you may also be eligible for certain child benefits.