Post # 1
I’m at the point where I’ve got to nail down my maternity leave and I really am torn with when I should start mine. I’ll be 29 weeks in a matter of days and the summer weather is killing me along with the just the general aches and pains of being pregnant.
When did you start your leave? If you could do it differently, what would you do?
I know some of you guys probably worked up until the day you went into labor and I give serious kudos. Maybe I’m just having a rough week but I just want to see what you have experienced and can suggest.
Post # 2
I had really bad back pain during my 3rd trimester and I work in an office sitting all day, it was killing me! I live in Canada so I get 1yr of leave and for me it wasn’t a big deal to take time off early since I had plenty of time on leave to spend with baby so I went off work at 33 weeks, the first week of December 2015 (baby was born February 1st). If I lived in an area where I only got 12 or 16 weeks of maternity leave I would have worked until I went into labour, but I figured since I get plenty of time it was worth it to go early.
Post # 3
I took mine at 38 weeks we get 26 weeks maternity here in Ireland. And finishing at 38 weeks is fairly standard.
Post # 4
mrscross1020: I’ll be 38 weeks on Thursday and I don’t plan on starting leave untill baby shows up.
For me, there are several factors that play into it though.
- I only get 12 weeks for FMLA, so I don’t want to take time off when baby isn’t here.
- I work a desk job that isn’t physically demanding. My boss is very understanding of my limitations so I’m not in the field anymore.
- I get sooooo bored at home doing nothing on the weekends, so work is a nice (and more productive) distraction than Netflix.
If I was waitressing or doing some sort of manual labor, I could totally see going out earlier. Luckily, I’m in a position where going to work is not really more taxing of me than staying home and going stir crazy.
Post # 5
i planned to work up until due date but ended up having baby early At 38w! I wanted all the time I could have once baby arrived. It drove me crazy waiting around To go into labor so working helped. That being said I did have to reduce my work hours from 12hr to 8hr shifts at week 34 due to some preterm labor scares.
Post # 6
I took mine 2 weeks prior to my due date for my first pregnancy. It gave me time to rest and get ready for the big day.
This time around I might do the same or just 1 wk prior to due date.
We get 52 weeks of mat leave here in Canada.
Post # 7
What do you get for leave? FMLA only covers you for 12 weeks if you’re using that. I worked until I was induced so I could have the max amount of time with baby.
Post # 8
soooooo jealy of the 1 year of maternity leave in Canada! I have zero maternity leave 🙁 (but FMLA does ensure I can take 12 weeks unpaid)
Post # 9
Westwood: I live in CA…the land of decent maternity leave (well also thanks to my employer)
I can take up to 4 weeks off prior to due date under short term disability. I get 8 weeks, fully paid, from the day my daughter is born. I then can use my vacation/sick time if I pleased for more full paid time off from work.
We then can take paid family leave for 6 weeks, which is a reduced rate of pay from the state, and then FMLA for up to 12 weeks…so I think I can take about 24-26 weeks off total. Just not sure when I want to stop.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel
mrscross1020: If I could have had it my way I would have started my maternity leave at 30wks, and stay at home with baby until he was 6 months. However, we couldn’t afford to loose my income so I had to work until the very end. Like literally, I stopped working on a Wednesday and had the baby the following Sunday. Then, I was only able to take off until the baby was 3 months. If you can afford to go on maternity leave since now then I would go for it!.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery
I worked until 2 days before labor. I would have worked up until I went into labor but a friend suggested I put in for a vacation day one day prior to my due date. Glad she suggested that because that’s the day I went into labor!
I sit all day at work and can put my feet up, which is what I would have been doing at home. Also, I only got 12 weeks, so I didn’t want to start my leave before it was absolutely necessary.
Post # 12
I took off 2 days before I was induced at 41 weeks. I felt perfectly fine the whole time, no real reason to not work at my desk job. I would have been bored sitting around at home personally and would rather have all of my time with the baby. The only way I’d take off that 4 weeks short term disability before my due date is if I couldn’t take it after. If I could use it after (which you should be able to do) then I’d rather use it after birth.
Post # 13
I worked up until the day I went in labour! I would have liked a few weeks of sick leave prior but my employer is being a lot less generous with sick leave for pregnant women than they were my first time around. I had planned to go ask for a week for sock leave at 39 weeks but I went into labour the night of 38+6! If I couldn’t take sick leave I wouldn’t have taken my maternityleave early though because I want as much time with baby as possible.
I guess it also depends on your job. I have a desk job and just replaced my chair with an exercise ball!
Post # 14
My work allows us to take 2 weeks of short term disability before the due date. It doesn’t count against the total time I get, so I’ll probably be doing that. (I’m in the US).
Post # 15
With my first daughter I waited a full week AFTER my due date. I was induced 3 days after that. I was a stay at home mom with my second so no “leave” persay but I had everything ready to go and my to-do list done a week before my due date.