Getting Ahead of Things Which Can be Anticipated
Specifically for working single moms, there are grants and other resources available which can help ease the burden; and it can truly be a burden, even if you’re prepared both financially and mentally. If at all possible, you want the father there. He doesn’t just take half the work and provide both emotional and financial support. He helps the child develop.
Sadly, especially in the modern world, fathers are exceptionally absent. Surely the life of a new little one is more important than personal comforts, but many people don’t feel that way. Good mothers have to be double-strong in an environment like that. There is good news, you may be able to find a new father; but it’s best not to hang everything on that hope.
Certainly, be open to the possibility. However, you need to be able to function even if that never happens. That means, before the child is born, you need to lay the preparatory groundwork. You’ll need food. You’ll need baby gear. You’ll want breast pumps, and parental support groups.
There is a lot to look into. Take things one at a time, don’t let yourself become paralyzed by information overload. Set for yourself one thing to “master” in a day, and master that thing; then move on to the next. Do that each day prior the baby’s birth, and give yourself “room” for mistakes—a margin for error.
Arming Yourself With Information In Advance
Many single mothers have to keep money coming in. Thankfully, Work From Home (WFH) options are more numerous and reliable than they’ve ever been. That doesn’t mean they’re “easy”, though. Save time by finding experts you can rely on who can help you prepare in advance, and make the right moves in an emergency.
Lactation shouldn’t be an issue, but for many moms that becomes the case. Accordingly, before the child is born, find a lactation consultant for moms you trust. Many of them today also offer remote support, so you can get help you need on-demand at home.
There are workforce solutions for maternal needs, some of which are funded by companies. Look into such options to see if any are available to you. You may be able to find daycare. With newborns, babysitters you trust (like those you “recruit” from your own family) may be desirable.
Keep in mind, professional women have meetings where a newborn might not be conducive. This sort of thing will be a big difficulty. A smart move is deliberately seeking remote options the moment you get pregnant, if you don’t have them already.
Growing Professionally and Maternally at the Same Time
The good news is, more jobs today are available for new moms in the WFH sector than ever. The bad news is, motherhood is still challenging. Anticipate what you can, and give yourself both knowledge and resources you’ll need in advance.