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Back to Work After Maternity Leave – Essentials Guide

It’s insane to write but I am heading back to work after maternity leave in less than a month now. I do like my job but I have loved the past year with my girls. I’ll be looking forward to some adult time and the regular money again too!

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I thought it would be a good idea to put together a little guide of some items that may make returning to work a little easier when you have little ones. Little essentials and treats for you are a Mother going to back to work to make life a little easier.

They fit under 4 categories: pamper yourself, a Treat, Memories and Reassurance.

Have a look.

Pamper Yourself

Olverum Oil

When you come home from work you will definitely be craving a relaxing bath. I remember the first few weeks back after the gremlin and I was really tired. I also found it quite stressful. I struggled to sleep for a while and needed to really go back to basics with relaxing and clearing my mind.

Why not try Olverum Oil? This is a luxurious, aromatic blend of essential oils designed to give you a comforting hug. You only need a small amount, 5mls in your bath and it can help with easing stress, helping you to relax, soothes aches and pain and making you feel back to normal after a busy day. It also helps to give you lovely soft skin, which I will need hitting work in the cold winter.

This stuff smells amazing and it is truly a treat. A 125ml bottle retails at £29. My Mum stole a little bottle of this as she thought it smelt so good!

Mustela Stretch Mark Recovery Serum

Having babies puts a lot of stress on our bodies and definitely our skin with all the stretching. That baby or babies (!) take up a lot of space. Stretch marks can be inevitable and Mustela offer a lovely stretch mark recovery serum.

The serum is specially formulated for expectant and new mothers and helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks thanks to its unique combination of active ingredients and ingredients of natural origin. This price of this varies from retailing but RRPs at £16.95.

It’s lovely to pamper yourself and I have actually started using this on my boobs after stopping breastfeeding, as the skin settles down.

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Body Care Range

I adore the smell of coconut and the range by Palmers encompasses everything. I was sent a lovely mixture of body products to trial and some products could be used both at home and at work. These can be bought as a variety of places such as Tesco and Superdrug. They smell amazing! I love washing my hair with the products as it is just lovely. Looking forward to using the lip balm in the colder months too.

  • Coconut oil body cream and lotion
  • Coconut oil hand cream
  • Coconut oil strong roots spray
  • Coconut oil shampoo and conditioner
  • Coconut oil lip balm

A Treat

Sekonda Ladies Edition Watch

We all need to treat ourselves sometimes and why not to a smart new watch? It looks good and can give you a little confidence boost when you need it. This beautiful rose gold Sekonda Ladies Edition Watch is perfect from


It is currently retailing at £50.99 and is stylish and water resistant. It is not too big at 38mm in width. It comes in a stylish gift box and is lovely.

It was a nice fit, as you adjust the strap to fit and looked really sleek. I love rose gold so it’s perfect for my style.


A Summer Scrapbook from Potato Print

It’s hard going back to work sometimes as you do really miss you children. They drive you completely crazy but it’s a real wrench leaving them. It’s quite nice to have something with you at work to have a look at if you get chance. It’s all very well have some photos on your phone but I like something a bit more.

How about a photobook or scrapbook from Potato Print? This site offers so much including calendars, cards, wall art and you can even put your child’s art in a photo book! How fab is that?

I was sent a beautiful summer scrapbook and although I have really struggled with my scrapbooking due to time, I managed to get a lovely page done and will keep working at it. It was personalised for me and they currently retail at £25.


Trusted Parents Application

It can be really daunting going back to work and feel you are missing out on what is going on with your child, other children and their parents. I will only be doing the school run twice a week when I am back at school and feel it will be hard to keep in the loop.

TrustedParents is a FREE community site that aims to bring parents together to support each other as well as encourage changing our online relationships into offline communities with meet-ups and an easy way to contact others. We believe that offline community parent/neighbour/friends networks have declined over the last 20 years and we are working hard to try and remedy this as we strongly believe that it takes a village to raise a child.

We know that starting a new nursery or school (and even just starting a new school year!) as well as returning to work can be a huge pressure to many parents and TrustedParents can help find a support network for these challenging situations. Whether it’s setting up a group within our site/app to organise school pick up swaps, an after-school meet up or arranging a playdate or a birthday party for your children and their friends, our site/app aims to help you grow that all important support network and gives you a safe platform to do so

Going back to work after maternity leave can be scary and a bit of a shock to the system but with some good old fashioned pampering, treats and support, it will be fine. The routine comes and it is important to look after yourself and not put any pressure on yourself either.

Good luck!

Disclosure – I was sent samples and products in exchange for mentioning them in this guide. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



  1. Potato Print
    September 25, 2017 / 9:04 am

    We are delighted to read you like your scrapbook! You’re right, they really are a wonderful way to store memories rather than on your phone.

    Enjoy your scrapbooking!

  2. Rachel
    September 25, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Oh I love this! I wish I’d had some of these when I returned to work. The watch and the scrapbook in particular!

  3. September 27, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Hi, good luck for when you finally return back to work. I love Palmers coconut products. The scrapbook looks great and perfect to keep memories of a special occasion #bloggersbest

    • RunJumpScrap
      September 27, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks lots!! x

  4. October 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Love the smell of Palmers and that scrapbook is so up your street! #BloggersBests

  5. October 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Love the smell of Palmers and that scrapbook is so up your street! #BloggersBests