(Closed) Expectant moms returning to work: when will you start maternity leave?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: When do you plan to start your maternity leave?

    More than a month before due date

    2-4 weeks before due date

    Less than 2 weeks before due date

    Work until due date or delivery

    Other (transition to part-time/work from home/reduced duties at some point before going on leave)

  • Post # 17
    1577 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m not getting any maternity leave because I will not have worked enough hours in the months before delivering to get FMLA, but I plan on stopping work at 37weeks. Not sure when I will return or IF I will return at this point, since I didn’t work for 1/2 of last year and we had no problem living off my husband’s income (which is much higher than mine.. we just use mine for paying extra on loans and adding to savings).

    Post # 18
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i’m not pregnant yet but i will be this year (hopefully!). my plan is to work until 1-2 weeks before my due date. i get 13 weeks at 1/2 pay from my employer and then disability covers the other half (CA has 6 weeks at 1/2 pay also so most of the 13 weeks will be fully paid, thank goodness). i can do about 50% of my job from home so if i need to go out sooner, i can. of course, plans change so we’ll see what actually happens.

    and don’t get me started on shit maternity leave policies we have in the US compared to other countries. i mean really, WTF.

    ETA- i forgot that my employer requires that i use all of my PTO before maternity leave kicks in. it’s bull shit but whatever.

    Post # 19
    6889 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I worked up til I went into labor (which so happened on a saturday) I did have to give work a day I was going to start marternity leave I had given them my due date but little boy decided to come 7 weeks early so yeah went out way early

    Post # 20
    872 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @sailor:  Hey….. I will be working up until I go into labor unless I am put on bedrest (which so far so good ;). The good thing for me however, is that I do and can telework a lot so I take advantage of that. I am going to be taking 3 months off in which I will be using my sick leave (paid leave the entire time) so I can’t wait…

    I am 35 weeks by the way…

    Good luck to you!!!!

    Post # 21
    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I still have a ways to go and haven’t talked with my work yet, only 7 weeks, but I plan on working right up until my water breaks. Not sure about how long I’ll be out after that though. Guess we’ll see how things go when I talk to them.

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