Not so long ago, the concept of new mothers staying home with their children was the norm. Though I'm the first one to challenge archaic gender roles, it seems my grandparents had one thing right: a woman shouldn't have to choose between being able to provide for or bond with her newborn. But with the ever-changing economic and political landscape, working moms are faced with difficult decisions. In fact, there are plenty of tweets about maternity leave that echo the growing concern and frustration shared by pregnant women and parents everywhere.
Besides the fact that giving birth to a tiny human is a pretty big feat in and of itself, the first few months after delivery present their own challenges. Worrying about sleep-deprivation, hormones, and finances is taxing to say the least. Plus, even if you've been busy researching and planning for your maternity leave since the second you discovered you were expecting, nothing truly prepares you for the moment you become a parent. You can, however, take consolation in the fact that you're definitely not alone in this. So if you're wondering what other parents have to say, then check out these tweets about maternity leave to put your mind at ease.
1That Awkward Moment
Is it really so absurd for women to have a say in this decision?
Going from being surrounded by people at work to just you and a baby can be a bit lonesome.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, right?
4Things That Make You Go, "Hmm"
What does it mean when a first world country doesn't support maternity leave across the board?
Believe it or not, one-sided conversations with a baby aren't that fascinating.
Doesn't everyone know this?
So many shows and so little time to watch them all.
Time flies when you're having babies.
Plenty of women wonder if their job will still be there for them after they come back from maternity leave.
Maternity leave never seems long enough when you have to say goodbye to your baby for the first time.
12All About The Benjamins
Budgeting for maternity leave is definitely difficult.
13Toys As Far As The Eye Can See
It's like their toys are secretly multiplying.
Going back to work isn't necessarily as easy as getting back on the horse.
Didn't you know your newborn sets the schedule?
You'll miss the snooze button, for sure.
Never have mundane errands seemed so exciting.
18Who Needs Sleep?
Well, apparently everyone needs sleep actually.
Dressing yourself and a newborn for cold weather is no joke.
The lack of variety in daytime television is arguably why the gods gave humans Netflix and Hulu.
Motherhood has a way of hitting you right in the feels — all the time.