21 Thoughtful Maternity Leave Wishes

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Welcome to a wonderful journey of well-wishing as we explore the art of expressing joy and support during the precious phase of maternity leave. 

From traditional and heartwarming messages to a little light-hearted humor, we have carefully curated these maternity leave wishes to cover every sentiment. Whether you want to write to your boss, colleague or employee, or you’re simply looking for something loving to say to an expecting mom, this article is your one-stop shop for delightful and meaningful maternity leave messages. 

Now, let’s dive right in as we celebrate the beauty of new beginnings and extend warm wishes to those about to begin motherhood.

Traditional Maternity Leave Messages

Young mother on maternity leave smiles as she spends precious time with her baby at home
  1. Congratulations on the precious new addition to your beautiful family. I don’t want to keep you from spending this special time with your new bundle of joy, so I’ll leave it by saying have a wonderful maternity leave and some quality baby bonding time.
  2. Many congratulations on your upcoming adorable new arrival. Sending you well wishes for your magical maternity leave. Embrace the special moments with your brand new baby during this much-deserved time away after an arduous, yet unbelievably rewarding, 9-month journey.
  3. Wishing you a happy and restful maternity leave. The journey of becoming a mother takes a lot out of a woman and you’ll never forget your pregnancy or this special time off with your precious baby and family members. Your world will soon be filled with cheeky little giggles and the cutest little coos. I hope you get to cherish every single moment.

Heartfelt Maternity Leave Messages

Young mother multitasks in home office, working on computer with her baby daughter in her lap
  1. Happy Maternity Leave! Just thought I’d write this short note to say congratulations on becoming a new mom. You did a fantastic job getting through your pregnancy and now you finally have the chance to soak up all the joy of the new addition to your growing family. You’re honestly going to be such a wonderful mother and your child is lucky to have you as their sweet mom.
  2. So, now that you’ve given birth to your beautiful squishy little bundle of joy and brought your pregnancy to an exciting close, it’s time for you to kick your feet up and enjoy a restful maternity leave. Bask in the glory of the new life you have created and soak up every bit of happiness from this beautiful blessing. Many congratulations to the amazing new mom!
  3. May your maternity leave be the sweetest gift, filled with as much joy as your growing family can hold. The immeasurable happiness you are going to experience as a mother is truly unexplainable. Life is about to change in the greatest ways that you can’t even imagine and I’m so excited for you. 

Funny Wishes for Maternity Leave

Adorable baby boy yawns humorously while seated in safety seat
  1. It’s funny because even though you’re technically taking maternity leave so you don’t have to work, you’re inadvertently going to end up working even more for less money for a new boss who expects you to clean their mess up and will pee all over you just because they can. Bet you can’t wait for the next 9-12 months to pass now eh?!
  2. Life as you know it, is about to change forever. Say goodbye to mind-numbing office work and Thursday night drinks, and say hello to sleep deprivation, wet diapers, and a huge dent in your bank account. It’s all worth it when it comes to providing the best for your wonderful bundle of joy. 
  3. Wishing you an exciting and fun maternity leave filled with more sleep than a sloth on vacation and all the scrumptious foods that were forbidden during your pregnancy. Time to satisfy all of those cravings and slap on a few movie marathons while you let your dear partner take over the parent duties for a little while.
  4. If you thought scrubbing the toilet was stomach-turning work, then wait until you’ve experienced the delight of a poonami in all its glory. Hope you don’t have too many white walls or light-colored carpets. 
  5. Many congratulations to you on giving birth to your new boss. Maybe now you’ll know what it feels like to be a mere subordinate to a highly demanding superior who is more stubborn than a permanent marker stain on a cream carpet. Enjoy your maternity leave and the amazing quality time with your growing family.

Short and Sweet Wishes for Maternity Leave

Young pregnant woman stands, cradling her belly with a smile against a serene off-white backdrop
  1. Congratulations on becoming a new mom. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. I can’t wait to hear all the stories about your new life as parents when you’re back.
  2. Congratulations on the birth of your healthy new baby. Going on maternity leave is going to feel so rewarding. Enjoy this precious time with your loveable little bundle of joy and your beautiful family.
  3. Here’s a short note to say congratulations and good luck with parenthood. Parents know that there is nothing that brings more joy than having a child and watching them grow up. 
  4. Here’s a cute little thoughtful card to let you know you’ll be dearly missed while you’re away on maternity leave. We can’t wait to see photos of your gorgeous new arrival.

Wishes to Your Boss for Maternity Leave

Happy mother with baby in lap chats on phone, multitasking with laptop on couch at home
  1. Congratulations to you and your partner on the upcoming arrival of your gorgeous baby. Although the whole office is going to miss having you around while you’re away on your wonderful maternity leave, we hope you get to soak up all the joy of some unforgettable family time with your lovely new baby and family. 
  2. Congratulations on becoming a mother! Life as you know it is about to change dramatically, but don’t worry, your hardest-working colleague is here to take the reins while you’re off spending time with your new blessing. Turn your “out of office” on and take a backseat from running the show

Wishes to a Colleague for Maternity Leave

Businesswoman proudly shares her baby ultrasound scan with three colleagues at office, eliciting cheers and congratulations
  1. Happy maternity leave to our most recent colleague to achieve motherhood in our work family. Becoming a parent presents many challenges, but judging by how organized and hardworking you are in the office, you should have no problem at all being a terrific mother. 
  2. From one colleague to another, congratulations on becoming a mom! The office won’t be the same without our favorite colleague while you’re off learning how to be a parent. But we’ll hold down the fort while you take on all the ups and downs of your new world. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and an amazing maternity leave.

Wishes to an Employee for Maternity Leave

Three women engage in conversation with a pregnant colleague outdoors at work
  1. Wishing you a restful maternity leave, if your mothering skills are anything like your daily performance at work then you don’t need me to tell you that you’re going to do a fantastic job at being a new mom. 
  2. To a dedicated employee and an amazing soon-to-be mom. I already know you’re going to do a fabulous job raising your child. Maternity is an incredible moment and I wish you the most joyful time off with your growing family.


As we draw this article to a close, we hope that the warmth of your messages lights up the heart of every lucky mom who receives them. They already have the best gift they could have wished for, and a few loving words are just what’s needed to put the cherry on top. Wishing all the new moms and babies all the best!

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