Post # 1
If you’ll be returning to work after maternity leave, how far in advance of your due date do you plan on starting your leave? How much time off do you have? Particularly interested in hearing from USA moms since we have such crappy leave policies here.
I only have 6 weeks off, so I’ll be working right up until my due date unless baby comes earlier. I’m 31 weeks along and the mid back pain is becoming unbearable (I work long hours and sit at a desk for most of the day), so I’m not sure how I’m going to make it 9 more weeks, but I don’t have much choice!
Post # 3
I only have 7 weeks so I plan on working until my water breaks!! My office manager is a mom/grandma and really works with me though. If I look tired she says go into the conference room and take a nap – I’ll cover for you. lol! I have only done that once, but when I get further along I might take advantage of that more often.
Post # 4
I worked up until like 2 days before I was induced with each of my 2 babies.
Post # 5
@MrsB1015: That’s so nice that you have an accommodating workplace! I sure don’t. I work at a conservative law firm in a field that’s mostly still male dominated, and it’s been made pretty clear to me that if I’m going to be at work getting paid, I’m expected to keep up my normal duties and productivity like nothing’s changed… which is fair enough, but still kind of sucks for me. 🙂
Post # 6
My current plan is to work until the due date. So far they have been flexible with me. I should get up to 12 weeks off (first 4 weeks i need to use vacation or sick time) unless the dr says I need more. I could go sooner but I’m trying to bank my vacation time so I only have 4 day work weeks for the rest of the year.
Post # 7
I actually have no idea if I’m returning to work or not.. and I’m due Feb 16th.
I’ve got no paid time off though, and can’t take short term disability due to doing work on the side. I’m trying my hardest to work up until baby actually comes, but who knows. At 37 weeks (and a few days), I’m miserable, uncomfortable and just want to be home and relaxing. Even after baby comes I’ll likely be working ‘as needed’ from home. There is no one else that does my job here, so I’ll just be available if something comes up. My boss is pretty certain I’ll be begging for work at home after a week or two.
My work is really laid back though and I do have the ability to do some things from home. The days I can’t stand to be in the office any longer I go home and work some and no one has a problem with it. I am required to work an average of 25 hours a week for insurance purposes, so my hours vary by day and need.
I give mad props to anyone that is able to work up until baby comes though. I totally understand those that go on leave early now.
Post # 8
Right now I’m hoping I won’t have to return to work. I work in the school district so I will be done about four weeks or a little more before my due date.
Post # 9
With DD1, I worked up until two days before she was due and luckily she was only a day late. With DD2, I started leave 4 days before she was due but she was 8 days late! The extra time was nice to wind down and rest before delivery, but I extended my leave to 13 weeks so that I’d have more time with DD.
Post # 10
@sailor: I’m hoping to work right up to the due date. I work with mostly women, and they all seem to have had the easiest pregnancies ever. Ha. They have all literally worked until they day they gave birth.
Sorry to hear about your back pain — I was having terrible pain recently (I also sit at a desk all day & it was unbearable), and I started going to acupuncture. It hasn’t erased ALL the pain, but it’s made me able to function, at least. Throwing that out there for what it’s worth.
Post # 11
@stillme: Thank you. I may have to try that.
Post # 12
I just went over this with my boss the other day! I am going to work until the Friday before my due date (due date is a Sunday) and have 7 weeks off. All but one week unpaid (boo)
Post # 13
I may only have 6 weeks off so I’m working up until I deliever if I can.
Post # 14
I worked up until baby was born. (And he was born 6 days late, so I worked past my due date.) I wanted to have as much time with baby as I could during my maternity leave.
Post # 15
I’m in Canada so things are a little different here… but most people I know have taken medical leave prior to maternity leave, for one reason or another (lots of swelling, gestation diabetes, bad acid reflux, insomnia) I plan to be honest with myself, and not milk it, but if I’m not feeling well I’m willing to go up to a month in advance of my due date.
Post # 16
I work in a public school, so I’ll be on summer break 3 weeks before my due date, so as long as there’s no medial reason, I don’t anticipate needing any other time off before.
BUT, I did find out through my HR that NJ law states that I can take up to one month off brfore and one month after the birth and go on NJ family-leave disability (for 2/3 of my salary). Then FMLA kicks in and I get an additional 12 weeks unpaid (but with benefits). I’m still not sure if I can use sick days to get paid for any of the 12 weeks.