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

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

KatiePi:  Oh yeah I know that. Their policy is that you need to have the insurance for 10 months prior to use so we plan to purchase it two months before the wedding so we are safe.

Post # 32
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

mrscross1020:  I’m 35 weeks today, and also in California. I will be starting my leave next week (36) and it could not come soon enough. Within the last few days I’ve just been generally achy and have had a painful stiffness in my legs/low back, and I’m really glad I’ll be able to lounge on the couch after this week!

Post # 33
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

mrscross1020:  for my first, I started at 36 weeks. I was at a job that was on my feet from 8-10 hours a day with one 15 minute break. It was awful. I got out as soon as I could. I was exhausted, swollen, and achy in third trimester. Plus that extra three weeks before I had her helped me get the house ready. 

Post # 34
2443 posts
Buzzing bee

I started my leave the day my water broke (at 1 a.m.), so technically mine started when I went into labor. 

I worked in my office through 39 weeks, then decided to work from home days 39+1 and 39+2 due to extreme foot and lower leg swelling. I would have worked from home the day my water broke as well if I had gone longer. 

Luckily my boss didn’t make me give a concrete date when I’d stop working. My plan was to work until I couldn’t anymore, which I did. 

Post # 35
9216 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my plan was to work up until the moment my water broke.  but i went for a test at 36w4d and never left the hospital.  DS was born 36w6d.  my maternity leave started when i didn’t come back to work after that test. 

Post # 36
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Canadian here, so I get the full year. I’m due on July 14th and my last day is June 30th, putting me right smack on at 38 weeks!

Post # 37
8 posts

mrscross1020:  You get to take FMLA consecutively rather than concurrently?  I’m impressed.  Most employers have them concurrently.  I worked through the day I was induce and went in that night. 

Post # 39
6887 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

mrscross1020:  I gave birth to my son early.  However even with going early my plan along was to work until went into labor.  Which techincally I did (LOL)  

Post # 40
575 posts
Busy bee

The truth is that you cannot know in advance and how you are feeling now has little to do with how you will feel at 39 weeks. Personally, I had to stop 3 weeks in advance (France), but I was able to transfer 3 weeks of pre-maternity leave to post-maternity and never regretted it. Effectively, I worked literally until it was time to go to the hospital (I do research and finished a draft that I sent to my coauthor). The last three weeks of my pregnancy I was feeling just fabulous and full of energy.

Post # 41
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I only got 12 weeks paid, so I worked until my water broke (at work ).

Post # 42
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m 31 weeks and planning to work until I give birth. I’m a little concerned about my water breaking at work but whatever. I want to save my leave for baby and my job is a desk job…not taxing at all. 

Post # 43
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m a Canadian bee here, so even though I get a year off at $27.5k/year pay (taxable government parental leave income) I can’t really take any time off before the baby, because in my city there are VERY limited daycare spots for infants under 1.5 years old… as in, I’m due Nov. 1st, and I’m already on a waiting list for a spot starting Oct. 24th, 2017. I’m just crossing my fingers I’m able to get it, even though it will be $1500/month. If I can’t get a spot, I’ll have to take another 6 months off work with no pay at all. Basically, the later I can start my year off, the better.

Post # 44
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m in NJ and we have similar paid leave as CA.  At 36 weeks you quality for 4 weeks paid maternity through the state disability program ( Similar to CA the 4 weeks prior to baby is use it or lose it, you can’t tack it on to the end.).  I’m 38 weeks Monday and tomorrow is my last day at work ( I work retail  standing, lifting, for 9 hrs a day so they are pulling me).  Then after the baby is born you are guarenteed another 6-8 weeks disability paid from state Disability.  if your doctor does not give you the okay to go back to work during that time, you can receive up to 24 weeks of paid disability through the state for maternal disability.  After that you qualify for NJFMLA which is 12 weeks, after that is exhausted you can then qualify for additional time through regular FMLA.  All during this time, your job must hold your position as long as you do not have a key role Within the company.

Post # 45
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

mrscross1020:  I’m 25 wks 2 days and plan on starting my maternity leave on Oct 10th and I’m due Oct 14th. Technically because I took off the weekend before I’m due I would be off a week before my due date.

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