Schedule maternity leave!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Everyone I know worked up until their due date, then past if they hadn’t started labor yet. If you’re feeling fine and the doctor doesn’t say you need to be home I’d work as long as you physical can because the time will go by soo much faster and lots of people don’t go into labor until after their due date for their first child.

Post # 4
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

eecuadrado:  I’d just tell him that then if plans change, don’t feel comfortable, etc you can always change your mind. 

Post # 5
4440 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My work is an hour and a half (but will be more if it’s a Monday or Friday, or Holiday like Labor Day) away from my hospital.  I live an hour from work, half hour or more (all lights on a major road) to the hospital.

I plan to work from home at 37 weeks until birth, but if I didn’t have that option I’d still take a leave.  I don’t have anyone close by or relatives in the area to pick me up or bring me to the hospital.  So that’s that.


  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  BellaDee.
Post # 6
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I took my leave starting a week before my due date.  Welllll…LO decided to be a week late. So I had two weeks sitting at home alone waiting for something to happen. It was bittersweet. On one hand, I had two less weeks with my baby so when I went back to work when she was 10 weeks instead of 12, I felt I was cheated out of more time with her (from my stupid decision). But on the other hand I am so thankful for that time to have caught up on some sleep, have some “me” time and just relax. LO is 7 months old now and I still think back on how great those two weeks were I had to myself. I don’t think I’ve slept as good since OR had that much time for myself. It was glorious 🙂

Post # 7
3806 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

eecuadrado:  YAY! Your baby is due one day after my birthday. Ok, granted I was a full week late AND the doctor had to come in and get me, but still May is a great month 🙂

I’m 23 weeks along and I plan to telework starting one full week before my due date.

Good luck!

Post # 8
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I plan to work up to my delivery date unless medically required / recommended to be out of work earlier. I have 12 weeks of maternity leave that I plan to use, and would really prefer that it all occur as time spent with my child. 

Post # 9
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m really hoping to work as close to birth as possible. The hospital is literally 2 minutes from my office…

That being said, I was put off work at 6 months due to complications in my last pregnancy… so I don’t know what might actually happen this time!

Post # 10
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

my office is about 1.5 hours from home/hospital. I plan to work from home starting at 37 weeks because I know I won’t feel comfortable being so far away if I needed to go home or to the hospital asap. My manager doesn’t want me working past the friday before my due date (I’m due on a wednesday) So that will be my official last day unless things change/baby comes early.

Post # 15
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

eecuadrado:  My plan was to work up until the day I went into labor. As the weeks approached, it became more and more stressful for me to have this plan. Every night when I left work, I’d think “what if I go into labor tonight and don’t come it tomorrow?” All of my projects were just hanging out there in the air. I didn’t want to pass them 100% off because then I’d be sitting at work with nothing to do, but I also didn’t want to screw my coworkers by just not showing up the next day and they’d have to figure out where I left off.

In the end, I decided to make my last day the Friday before my due date. It took a lot of pressure off me knowing there was a definite end date. I ended up going into labor that Monday, so it really worked out perfectly for me!!

It doesn’t always work out. I know people who went into labor 2 weeks early and had to drop everything. I know people who scheduled their last day before their due date and went late and sat around for 2 weeks doing nothing. But I liked that I at least tried to have a plan in place!

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