(Closed) Maternity Leave: When did you start yours?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I took mine at 38 weeks  we get 26 weeks maternity here in Ireland.  And finishing at 38 weeks is fairly standard.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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. 

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Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 10
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Busy bee
  • 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
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Bumble bee
  • 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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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.

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