You’re not alone if you’re thinking that being away from the office during your maternity leave will impact your job. Quite a few women are so closely tied with their work that they can’t imagine being out of the hustle and bustle while they are home with their newborns. Thinking that they’ll be able to juggle it all they sometimes commit to a lot more contact with work than they end up wanting.
That said, it’s a good idea to keep expectations low regarding how you’ll be checking in with the office. Don’t make commitments about calling in every day or answering emails because you just don’t know how life will be until after the baby arrives. Make sure that your level of communication doesn’t hook you into working on projects, working directly with clients or promising to deliver the results at the annual shareholder meeting.