At how many weeks did you start maternity leave (poll included)

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: At how many weeks did you start maternity leave
    less than 30 weeks : (7 votes)
    6 %
    31-33 weeks : (5 votes)
    4 %
    34-35 weeks : (7 votes)
    6 %
    36-37 weeks : (17 votes)
    14 %
    38-40 weeks : (24 votes)
    20 %
    Right until delivery : (58 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 46
    1356 posts
    Bumble bee

    I worked till I was about 36 weeks along. I had vacation time I could use before I officially started on my maternity leave so I used that to have the extra time off before my baby was born.  It was really nice to have that extra time off.  Baby was born at 39 weeks.

    Post # 47
    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I had planned to work right up to 39.5 weeks….Baby came early so I ended up working until the day I went into the hospital !

    Post # 48
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    ddsbride :  I was taken off of work at 16 weeks. I had a hip injury and was unable to walk, and barely able to sit. On top of that I had a complicated pregnancy and was in and out of the hospital with preterm labor from 28 weeks on. I was on bed rest minus twice a week physical therapy and high risk ob appointments. Had I had a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy I’m sure I would have worked until delivery. Take as much time as possible to enjoy your new baby once they arrive, people aren’t lying when they say that time goes by fast. 

    Post # 49
    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I am 28wk and my maternity leave starts the on my due date, however, I took the week before that off as vacation. I work in an office and have had no complications but I wouldn’t complain if my dr suggested std earlier than that lol

    Post # 50
    894 posts
    Busy bee

    I worked until my due date but eooldnt do that again. I’m on my feet and active a lot at my job and it was just plain exhausting. I was worn out before my csection and I think that compromised my recovery and ability to be alert and ready to care for the baby. We are trying again and this time I’d go off 2 weeks prior. I’d likely know the date because it will probably be a repeat csection. I think it’s a bit harder if you don’t know when exactly the baby is coming. I wouldn’t want to be off too much before the birth because then you miss out on time after the baby arrives.

    Post # 51
    11051 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I was 36 weeks. At first I thought I’d go on for longer but co-workers who are mum’s advised me to finish the month before and I’m so glad I listened as I was getting really tired. A friend at work joked she’d get tired just walking down the stairs and she wasn’t wrong. 

    Post # 52
    9435 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I worked until I was induced at 39 weeks.

    If you can afford it and your doctor will write you out a bit early, go for it. CA is one of the few places in the US where you actually get extra maternity leave besides FMLA.

    I don’t think any short term disability benefits will kick in until you actually give birth though.

    Post # 53
    253 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I worked until delivery. In fact my water broke while I was working but thank god I work from home! Baby came very early though, I was 36 weeks. If there’s a next time, I plan on working until I deliver as well. I did have to change my hours from 9a to 10a because I was just soooo tired all the time. 

    Post # 54
    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I worked as a restaurant mangaer, until the day before I delivered my son.

    I ended up delivering at 36 weeks ,because I developed pre-e, but I would have worked up until I couldn’t have worked anymore if I had been full term.

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