I'm a way off yet (baby due early December) but am having to start seriously considering returning to work after 8 weeks of maternity. This is purely a financial decision. My OH is unable to find work (as a teacher) and will look after the baby so I can return to work but is it realistic to think I can be back in the classroom full-time after just 8 weeks? I'm worried about complications/ emergency c-section purely because of the financial implications if I cannot go back once full pay runs out. 50% of my pay is not enough to pay the bills let alone buy food/petrol. That's without having a baby. The stress is really getting to me and it's putting a strain on our relationship as my OH feels responsible. People keep telling me not to worry and things will sort themselves out but faced with the fact that May is the optimal time to get a teaching post (so he's missed the chance to get a job for September) and very few other job options other than supply he is getting down and I feel the burden of supporting us financially. The question is is it realistic to think I can go back so soon?