Post # 31
If you start a month early and your baby is a week or more late that’s almost a third of your leave used before the baby even comes! I’d say at most plan to leave a week early if you want any time, clearly if the baby comes early you leave early, but if you want to work right up to your due date then I think you should!
Post # 32
Despite having a few episodes of early contractions/dilation and threatened preterm labor, I did not actually go into labor until my due date. Dear Daughter was born at 40+1 (early morning hours the next day).
I was home on modified bedrest for WEEKS prior to giving birth and it was brutal. I would say if you aren’t having complications, starting your leave at 39 weeks is fine. You may go before then, you may go on your due date, you may go up to 2 weeks later.
If you’re preparing your nursery/home/bags well in advance, there’s not much reason to take so much time off before your due date. Of course, being uncomfortable and not wanting to go work are valid, but I’d rather go as long as I could working then have more time once baby is here.
Post # 33
1st emergency csection due to heart rate dropping. Second was scheduled csection a few days before.
Post # 34
starfish0116 : I think I will stick to taking off from a week before, I would prefer to spend as much time as possible with the baby during my maternity leave, I’ll be on holiday from mid-June to 9th July so even though I will go back to work for around 3 weeks until the end of July, guess I’ll be getting some rest in that time.
Post # 35
panda_bear3 : I agree with you, and I will try to be as prepared as possible from earlier on, like I mentioned in my reply above, I’ll be on holiday for around 3 weeks from mid-June to 9th July and will use those 3 weeks to make sure I’m prepared and ready should I go into labour earlier.
Post # 36
- Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018
I have worked up until having my kids. The first was induced at 38 weeks after my water broke, and my second was born at home at 37 weeks spontaneously. In both cases, I had no clue. I would wait and see how you feel closer to your due date.
Post # 37
sweetmama : I went into labor and had my son at 39+5. I’m a teacher, and my son was born a little over a week into Winter Break. Honestly, that break before he arrived was awesome. It would’ve been even better if it hadn’t been the holidays, but it was so nice to lounge, sleep in, watch movies, and just decompress. I’d highly suggest 1-2 weeks if you can without losing too much of the time after.
Post # 38
Went into labor 9 days after my due date and had her at 10 days after.