Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
My plan all along has been to work just as long as I possibly could, but I’ll be 37 weeks tomorrow and starting to wonder if this is going to happen. My feet are so ridiculously swollen by the end of the day that I can’t imagine doing this for three more weeks! I spend about half of my day sitting at a desk (with my feet up!) and half walking around… which I thought might be okay even in the end of pregnancy.
What worked for you all?
Post # 3
I worked up until my water broke (literally), but I sit behind a desk 90% of the time. For me, any time I took off during pregnancy would’ve reduced my maternity leave, and I wanted as much time as possible after the baby was born, so I powered through it.
Fwiw, I was also really swollen at the end of pregnancy. 🙁 But, I figured at least at work I was (somewhat) busy and getting paid, whereas if I stayed home I’d just be counting the minutes until I went into labor.
Post # 4
I worked up until the day before I was induced. I wanted to take the last week off but I needed the money. Had I been able to I could have relaxed and gotten some sleep.
Post # 5
I worked the day I went into labor. I was in a similar position as Mrs. Spring – any time I took off before baby would affect how long I could have on leave after baby. My feet were ridiculously swollen. I found Chacos to be the most comfortable shoe since you can adjust the straps some and it still gave me arch support. Nothing really helped but every evening I took a warm bath and my husband rubbed my feet and ankles while I lamented about how miserable they made me and how unnatural it was for them to be that huge.
Post # 6
@Pelikila: I wore Crocs for the last month of pregnancy. They were the only shoes that fit!
Post # 7
I’m going to talk to my boss about working half of the day from home after the baby is born (super nervous – my husband says I have to do it this week).
So I might be able to give it a “test-run” before the baby to work out any kinks, so hopefully I’ll be able to work as long as possible but not be AT work.
Post # 8
I plan on working up until then. I also wear Crocs now (I teach and the styles are SO cute!) and am SO glad ppl are saying they are good for the last few weeks!
Post # 9
Sorry I am commenting b/c I am not pregnant, but I think about this a lot. DH and I are still 50/50 about reproducing but I have already reviewed my maternity leave allowance, etc. at work.
Basically I get 6 weeks or 8 if it’s a c-section. That is NOT enough time off and I have no idea how it’s even legal to give so little. Anyway, I do plan on working up to going into labor but I am hoping that during my potential future pregnancies my company will allow me to work from home at least maybe on Fridays. My job can 100% be done from home (minus the whole schmoozing thing in person) so as long as I work my way up the ranks enough by the time I get pregnant I think it will work out that way.
Post # 10
My plan is to work partially or completely from home (hopefully full-time if I’m feeling ok, otherwise part-time) for the last couple of weeks.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
Thanks all for your comments! I am happy to see that so many of you were able to make it work… and I am going to look into a pair of crocs 🙂
I actually get NO maternity leave, but have saved up for taking 10 weeks off… obviously I don’t want to waste any of that before he gets here! I’m going to try to push through.
Post # 12
I’m planning to work ’til the last minute too, for financial reasons. I’m 28 weeks now and still believe it won’t be a problem, but all my recently-pregnant friends laugh and say you never know what can happen in the last 10-12 weeks! 🙂
Post # 13
I am hoping to work all the way up because I really dont’ want to loose days later on after the baby is born.
However, I may talk about some flex time such as working four 9 hour days (36 hours) and one 4 hour day to have some extra time off to relax. My thought is that working 8 hours instead of 9 hours isn’t really all that different.
Post # 14
I’m over 37 weeks and still working. Most of my day is meetings or working at my desk. I still run therapy groups with the kid at work, but don’t do any driving anymore. I’m very thankful I’ve been so healthy and had a relatively easy pregnancy. I’m hoping to work until I go into labor. I get sore and achy, and a few pairs of shoes are getting tight, but overall I’m still doing okay. I would love an extra day off here and there to relax or get things done around the house, but overall we are in great shape being ready and I think I’d go nuts at home waiting to go into labor.
Post # 15
I’m still wading through the mat leave policies. But how is it legal that you get NO maternity leave??? Isn’t there a state requirement? Unless you are not full time?
This really is more of a question on my part.
Hope your swelling feet feels better!
Post # 16
There is a federal requirement (in the U.S.) of all companies over 50 employees allowing leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. It is unpaid, and I think you also have to work a certain number of hours and have been there a certain period of time. There may also be a few other conditions as well. Anyways, under the FMLA you can take up to 12 weeks unpaid. Each individual company might elect to have some paid maternity leave, but that is entirely up to them. My company has FMLA but not any paid maternity time. You have to use your PTO, and if you don’t have enough, hope you can get by without the paycheck.
For these reasons, I am planning on working up until I go into labor. I sit at a desk all day, so unless something goes really wrong and I’m put on bedrest or something, it should be doable. My coworker just had a baby and she worked up until her due date. She would have worked past it if she had gone over her date, but they decided to induce her so she didn’t have to.