(Closed) How much time off before due date?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m planning on working up until the day I deliver if I can!

Post # 17
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m working up until week 37 so that I can get some things done around the house before he comes.

Post # 18
9815 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I felt fine until past my due date so I wouldn’t take more than a week off in advance.  I mean, what do you do just sit around all day?  Sure there are a few errands or chores, but there can’t be that many can there?  You would rather have that time with your baby trust me.

Post # 19
1039 posts
Bumble bee

I’m hoping to work until a week or 2 before my due date (my office is flexible) since I’d rather spend all my time off after she arrives instead of before (unless I need to for medical reasons).

Post # 20
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

danier:  Canadian bee here.  I’m due Dec 3rd and am thinking of making my last day Nov 20.  That gives me almost 2 full weeks before my due date.  Although I am worried about being late and being bored.  So I’m playing it by ear and may change it to sometime in the last week in November.  Either way, I know I want at least a full week off prior so I can get some cleaning/laundry & freezer meals done. 

Post # 21
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

American bee. I’m working until I go into labor. I only have 12 weeks worth of time to work with


Post # 22
312 posts
Helper bee

I was due on a monday so I finished up the Friday before. I wish I had kept working. I was so bored because I went a week over. I tried to keep busy but I sat a lot and are and gained almost 10 lbs that week 😣

Post # 23
4424 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

danier:  I’m due Decemeber 29 which works really well for me as a teacher. My last day of work will be December 18 because winter break starts then. If baby comes aeound due date, that will give me a week and a half of at home/rest/prep time. If I go late, I return to work January 4 and will have to work until I go into labor as I only get 6 weeks off (at a new job). I would give yourself at least 3/4 days to a week to just relax and slowly prepare and pamper yourself. 

Post # 24
7433 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I was due 11/18 with DD#1, and had scheduled my last day at work to be 11/14. I went to work on 11/13, but was feeling likeu water was possibly leaking. I decided to leave and go see my doctor. My Bridal Party was high and 2 out of 3 tests said my water was leaking, so I was induced that day! So basically, I worked right up until labor at 39+3. Also, I was working retail customer service and had to be on my feet all day, it was tough! If I had been in Canada and had longer than 12 weeks of maternity leave, I may have taken a week off before my due date.

I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom now, so luckily I don’t have to think about maternity leave this time. I think you might feel like a watched pot if you take more than a week off before your due date, but it would probably be kind of nice to have a little more time off during the holidays.

Post # 25
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Due to working term time only I have managed to get about 10 weeks off before I am due – most of those have been the summer holidays and I officially go on maternity leave the first day back of school, which is just 2 weeks shy of my due date.

I don’t know when I would have stopped if I hadn’t have naturally had this time off but I do wonder how I would have coped if I had been working because I get tired easily now and that’s from being at home and being able to take things slowly and rest. I think I just wouldn’t have survived working 5 days a week and travelling 30 minutes each way to work. 

Post # 26
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I’m commenting to follow, really, because I’m also curious. I have a slight issue because of the physical nature of my current job, the fact I’m on my feet for 8 hours plus with very little in the way of breaks, and the increased risks of pre-term labour etc. Most people in my job started 6 weeks before their EDD, but I can’t do that because I won’t qualify for maternity benefits before then. TBH, it’s already getting hard… I’m only 23 weeks and already having painful BH during my shifts which only go away once I get to sit down for a few minutes (which is almost never).

I don’t see how I could physically work until my due date at this point… if I had an office job, or at least a job where I could sit down for an hour or two, it would be different… at the moment, the plan is to finish at around 36 weeks, provided I make it that far! If I get an office job in the meantime, however, it will be a different story…

Post # 27
6526 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

danier:  i wanted to work up until i was 38 weeks but i left a week early (37 weeks), i was so swollen and hot it was painful to walk to the train every mornng, then get on the train and possibly stand bc God forbid someone gives up their seat to a very pregnant lady.

– i gave birth July 17 at 39 w 5d. 

I recommend taking off and at least having some alone time for yourself bc once baby comes, thats it, there is no alone time. Im in the US so mat leave isnt paid but if you can afford it, do it. Im so glad I had 3 weeks off before the baby came. 

Post # 28
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I planned on working right up to my due date, and ended up working up until 4 days before I delivered.(Bit 2 days before I went into labor). I think next pregnancy I’ll do the same. It worked for me.

Post # 29
1341 posts
Bumble bee

probably between 2-4 weeks before depending how much leave i have accrued by then. 

Post # 30
6746 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

danier:  If you are in Canada, lucky you! I would take at least a week off before my due date. I don’t have maternity leave because I am a graduate student planning to graduate, and if not, we have a winter break which I plan to take full advantage of. I might have to go back to school/work 6-8 weeks after as we need both incomes. I am lucky that I finish my student teaching duties before Thanksgiving, so I don’t have to worry about teaching for about a month before my due date. My winter break is set to start about a week before I am due.  

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