Our country has one of the worst maternity leave policies in the entire world. In fact, we are one of only a very small handful of nations that don't offer paid maternity leave to working mothers. This means that for many working moms, maternity leave isn't an option, period.
Still, for those of us who are lucky enough to have companies that offer small amounts of paid maternity leave, it's still much shorter than most other countries and often ends far before mom and baby are ready.
So how do real moms feel about their maternity leaves ending? We asked around and got dozens of anonymous responses from real women detailing how they felt when they returned to work. Here are 14 of them: