When did you take/do you plan to start maternity leave?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: How many days before your due date did you (plan to) take leave?
    0 days : (17 votes)
    43 %
    1-7 days : (7 votes)
    18 %
    8-14 days : (5 votes)
    13 %
    15-21 days : (2 votes)
    5 %
    22-28 days : (1 votes)
    3 %
    29+ days : (8 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    1286 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    As of now, I’m working until the delivery, but I may end up choosing to stop a few days in advance, especially if the weather is bad. It probably makes a difference that I’m in the US, so I only get 12 weeks off.

    Post # 5
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    1563 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m working until the moment I go into labor! I don’t have the time to take off unfortunately and only get 6 weeks of leave so I want to spend ALL of that time with my baby.

     

    Post # 6
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I was still working full time almost a week after my due date.  I took off the day before I went into labor, but if I hadn’t had the baby over the weekend I would have been back at work the next Monday!

    Similar to AstoriaK:  I only had a limited amount of time and I wanted all of that time to be with the baby, not sitting at home waiting for the baby haha.

    Post # 7
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    2740 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I planned to work up until delivery but ended up starting my leave a week before my due date.  I had severe back pain & was miserable sitting at a desk all day.  

    Post # 8
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    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I *planned* on working right until I started to go into labour (I have a desk job)… that being said, my body had other ideas, and I ended up being placed off work at 6 months due to complications.

    Post # 9
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    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    At this time I have no idea when baby will come so I plan on working up until my due date or beyond depending on if I need to schedule an induction or not. I am taking the full 12 weeks FMLA and I want to make sure I spend as much time with my son as possible.

    Post # 10
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    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    California covers us for up to a month before our EDD so technically I could be on leave right now (I’m at 36w). However, my job isn’t all the stressful and I have a nice ergonomic chair and an understanding manager so I’m just taking it week by week to see how I do and feel. I’m uncomfortable at work but to be honest, I’m not much more, if at all, comfortable at home either. If it gets too hard to drive, then I’ll switch to working from home before baby gets here.

    Post # 11
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    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I was going to work until my due date… But the past few weeks I haven’t been sleeping well and waking up every 2 hours or so, and I work 12hr shifts… And I’m over work!! Hahah so I’m due Oct 18th, last day is Oct 10th 🙂

    Plus, I’m terrified of my water breaking at work!! Hahaha

     

    Post # 12
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @sept22insf:  Im working til it’s go time. i want to save my leave for after baby gets here. I’m sure my boss will let me work from home closer to due date if I’m uncomfortable though.

    Post # 13
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    4410 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I was lucky and worked right up until the day I went into labor. That was what I’d hoped for –it maximized my time at home with baby, and it also kept me busy while waiting for my (10 days late!) baby.

    Post # 14
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    1163 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m planning to work until it’s baby time also.  But is anyone else a little worried about their water breaking at work?  I know most people have contractions before their water breaks, but my sister’s first sign of labor was her water so it’s definitely possible.

    Post # 16
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    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    My job has a compulsory 6 weeks leave prior to EDD, but I’m leaving 9 weeks prior to EDD because my back is hurting too much to sleep and I’m not coping emotionally with work anymore. I only planned on leaving 6 weeks prior but I’m glad I took that annual leave as well. 5 shifts to go!

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