(Closed) How much time off before due date?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

US bee here. My work pays 2 weeks off before the due date so I planned to take advantage of that and work until 37+2 (that fell on a Friday). i was pretty uncomfortable and extremely swollen. Sitting all day at a desk made my swelling soooo much worse. Well my first official day of maternity leave, a Monday, I went into labor. I was pretty bummed not to have any time off but I’m glad I didn’t end up going past my due date. It’s kind of tricky to plan since you really don’t know when you’ll go into labor (assuming you’re not being induced!)

Post # 32
494 posts
Helper bee

Twins usually go full term till 36 weeks and believe it or not i went 36 1/2 weeks at work. Basically worked till the day i went into labor. Thankfully my water broke at 3am at home. For me what was important was to spend as much time with my babies once they were here. Best of luck on your decision. There is no right or wrong. Just do whats right for you and your family.

Post # 33
2155 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

danier:  Not TTC yet. I am a teacher and I only get 6 weeks paid from the date of birth (unless it’s a C section, then it’s 8). I wouldn’t be able to waste my sick days before birth, so I would have to teach until I go into labor. Totally sucks!

Post # 34
5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If I got more leave (oh, Canada! I envy you) I’d take off starting two weeks before the due date, if only because we just moved and it would be nice to have some time to dedicate to putting everything in order. But since I only get 8-12 weeks, I’m going to try to work right up until the baby crowns. 😛

Post # 35
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I saved 4 weeks leave and it’s been bliss. Plenty of time to rest and get a few Jobs done around the house. Dont think I could have coped with the long commute any longer. my mat leave will begin on my due date and I’ll return to work 1 year from that date 

Post # 36
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

danier:  I’m covered at work for Disability which allows for 2 weeks off before and six weeks after (eight if I have a c-section).  I’m taking my 2 weeks to spend some extra time with my 15 year old before it gets baby crazy around here.  Since my Disability pay ends six weeks after, I’ll then use PTO to try to stay out another month and I’ll probably have to go back to work when baby is about 10 weeks old 🙁

Post # 37
5374 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m in Ontario and am due April 16th. I’m planning on taking at least two weeks before my due date (probably stop working at the end of March). I might take some unpaid pregnancy leave and take more time than that depending on how I feel and if I’ve accumulated enough hours at that point for mat leave (I only work part-time) 🙂

Post # 40
203 posts
Helper bee

I’m in the U.S. and I took 3 weeks off before my due date but our son was born 11 days early, so I was off work for 2 weeks before he arrived and the first week I was sick with a pretty bad cold. I wanted to take those 3 weeks because he was our first baby and I would get paid by the state for those weeks only if I took them (they don’t include them in the paid maternity leave if you don’t take them). We aren’t preggers again, but plan on trying next year and this time I think I will also be taking 2 to 3 weeks before my due date, but I’ll take a shorter maternity leave as this past maternity leave was 6 months for me with about 1 month with no pay whatsoever.

Post # 41
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

danier:  Canadian bee too so I wasnt too worried about wasting any mat leave time… I ended up taking off about 3.5 weeks before my due date…originally planned for 2 weeks ahead but I was just in SO MUCH PAIN. My back was KILLING me and I was getting no sleep at all because I was so physically uncomfortable so I opted early. At work I could barely make it through the day sitting at my desk so …it just made sense for me.

I found it was nice just to be able to relax and sleep in whenever I needed the rest (cause trust me you’ll need it lol), and I nested a lot so I did do a lot of cleaning and meal prep freezer meals for when Dear Daughter arrived so we werent completely relying on other ppl bringing us food or ordering out. Took lots of soothing baths and read up on a bunch of stuff I hadnt got around to yet. It was nice. Dear Daughter ended up coming 5 days early as well.

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