(Closed) How long will you work?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
301 posts
Helper bee

I’m a UK bee so I’m having 12 months maternity leave. I’m having 2 weeks off as vacation and then straight on maternity leave – so I’ll be off work from 36 weeks but my maternity leave will start at 38. 


Im 30 weeks and it seems to have gotten SO UNCOMFORTABLE overnight. Baby likes to wedge itself under my ribs, I feel like a have a bad stitch all the time (thanks growing pains!)… Urgh I don’t know how I’m going to last another 6 weeks.

Post # 32
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Another US bee with crappy maternity leave.  I plan to work until I give birth so I can use all my FMLA when the baby is here, but I am lucky enough to get 16 weeks, so I’m open to taking a week or so beforehand if I get really uncomfortable.  I only have enough leave saved up to take 6-7 weeks paid, but fortunately we’re in a position where we can afford for me to take the rest of that unpaid.  I’m still undecided if I will take the full 16 (and probably won’t decide until after the baby is born), but definitely will take 12 weeks. 

Post # 33
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

MissTNBookworm:  I also work full time and plan on working as close to my due date as humanly possible. I want all that time off for after baby!

Post # 34
2598 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

May will be our first cycle TTC, but I do have a daughter already and I worked up until the day before I gave birth. I plan to do the same with baby #2 especially since I won’t have FMLA this time. 🙁

Post # 35
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I worked until the end! I work M-F and I worked Friday and went into labor on Sunday.

Post # 36
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MissTNBookworm:  I’m currently 15 wks 3 days and plan on starting my leave Mon Oct 10th and I’m due Fri Oct 14th. I have requested to be off the weekend before my due date and if it’s approved I’ll officially start Fri Oct 7th, but won’t get pd the first 3 days which is ok because I’ll still work 40 hrs the week before my due date and I believe the same the week of my due date. This will put on leave until the day after Christmas which will be 11 weeks. I’ll have 1 week left until the beginning of Feb. obviously unless my Dr puts me off sooner.

Post # 37
3158 posts
Sugar bee

I planned to work up to my due date, but threw in the towel a week before.  I just could not take being on my feet all day anymore.  I was so tired and had to pee so bad every time I stood up, and I just couldn’t handle the patient load by that point.   All I felt once I let my manager know I was done was relief!  So worth it!

Post # 38
371 posts
Helper bee

MissTNBookworm:  I work a decent distance from home and the hospital, so I am working up until my due date and then stopping.

Post # 39
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a nurse as well and as hard as it was I worked until I was 39 weeks. I could’ve did longer but I started to just become too damn tired. I only got 12 weeks and wanted to utlize all my time on the back end. PS. my son ended up being 11 days late and I had to be induced.

Post # 40
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I will stop at 35 weeks. I’m a teacher and this fits with term dates. I plan to take a year and three months off. 

Post # 41
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m 7 weeks at the moment, and plan to work until I no longer can – so either my doctor’s orders or when I go into labor. However, I do have some vacation time that won’t be used by the end of the year before I go on leave (due mid-December), so I may use some of that up the week before so I am at home during that time, and start my leave on my estimated due date.

But, we’ll see what actually happens… and id I can even do that.

Post # 42
1066 posts
Bumble bee

I’ll be working until about 24 weeks but that has more to do with moving and DH’s job than my own. We’re moving at 27 weeks to some unknown location (thanks Navy) so I’m taking a couple extra weeks to get the house ready to be packed up and then I’ll be a Stay-At-Home Mom after the baby arrives. If I wasn’t moving then I would probably work another 10 weeks or so just for the extra cash but I am already counting down the days till I can leave! (16 weeks now).

Post # 43
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MissTNBookworm:  i didn’t have a set date to leave, i wanted to work as long as possible to save money being that I don’t get maternity leave, only Short term disability for 6 weeks which was useless. I worked up to 37 1/2 weeks. I couldn’t take the commute anymore, once I got to the office, it was fine but the commute was horrible. I was super swollen, the pressure down there was awful. I spent the next 2 1/2 weeks with my feet up binge watching Bridezillas and Say yes to the dress lol

Post # 44
2377 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m gonna work as long as I can however would love to leave now 🙁 I’m 24w 4 days. Probably work until 34 /36 weeks! 

Post # 45
6843 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

Technically I worked until I got induced, not by choice. My water broke, so there was no other way around. I only got 5 weeks of maternity leave and only because my school was gearing towards finals. I agree, I wish I could have at least 6 months off. Let’s all US bees get together and sign a petition. 

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