Post # 1
Several people at work have asked me when I’m planning to start my maternity leave. I just assumed I would take it when the baby arrives, but apparently many people take time off before the baby comes. Who is taking time before the baby and what do you plan to do with that time?
Post # 3
@nona49: I plan on leaving work two weeks before my due date. I plan to get house together for baby, finish any last minute nursery decorations, run errands & relax! I thought I would want to work up until my due date, but I slowly rethought that!!
Post # 4
I think for a lot of people it depends on how much time they can take off AFTER…… I’d rather have more time after the baby comes than before. FMLA only guarantees 12 weeks for the entire calendar year for days connected with taking care of a family member. I was just too worried to front load any of it. If you go out 2 weeks before your due date, are two weeks overdue, and then have a c-section and are out 8 weeks you’ve used up all your leave.
With my daughter, my Dr told me I couldn’t work anymore the day after my due date…. it was another 10 days until I delivered. Longest 10 days of my life…. just waiting. I ended up doing some work from home, even though I wasn’t supposed to.
Post # 5
I went out early but only because I had a difficult pregnancy. I was on partial bedrest for hte last two months. The last few weeks before I delivered I only got out of bed for necessities and dr appts. I think it all depends on how your pregnancy progresses.
Post # 6
@nona49: I will be working up to my due date unless I have to go on bedrest or something…someday, you know, when I’m pregnant hah
Post # 7
I had planned on working until I went into labor (technically I did work til went into labor) however I went 7 weeks early also. So I had to do some fast leg work to contact FMLA to start my maternity leave lot earlier than I had on planned.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Even though it’s early days, we’re not sure yet. My 12-month teaching contract runs out in December (& our EDD is April) – I won’t be rehired as a casual, so I may end work early. Not sure.
Post # 9
I’m due in seven weeks tomorrow and finishing work in three weeks.
I’m in NZ so the system is a bit different but the four weeks prior to my EDD are vacation time and then I’m entitled to a full 52 weeks of parental leave on top of my annual leave.
I’m planning to use the time to sort out all the baby stuff, cook food for the freezer, finish renovating the kitchen and just generally relaxing and preparing for the birth.
Post # 10
@Kemma: I’m sooo jealous!!!
@nona49: I’m wondering what to do about this too, but since I only get 12 weeks FMLA, I’m probably going to work up until I go into labor or close to that point, so I can have as much time with baby as possible. I don’t have short-term disability coverage, so I have to use up my sick leave and vacation time while I’m away… as it stands, I’ll be left with 2 weeks vacation if I take the 12 weeks I’m allowed under FMLA. I may use a vacation day or two in the 1-2 weeks before my due date just to give myself a break midweek, but anything more than that and it would have to come off the back end of my leave… I guess I’ll see how I’m feeling.
Post # 11
I stopped working a month before my due date. I was working as a massage therapist and really couldn’t reach the massage table anymore. That month counted as sick leave and then I had 9 months maternity leave after that.
Post # 12
My company offers 8 weeks of maternity leave, but I can supplement with vacation time. If I take vacation time before my due date, I won’t have any left when the baby is here. I’d rather be home a bit longer with baby than before baby.
Post # 13
I want to work as long as I can. I also think it depends how the pregnancy is going and how I’m feeling.
As for now in my perfect world I will work until mid March, so that I can have a couple weeks at home before baby is here.
Post # 14
At my work, most of the mom-to-bes go on their leave about 2 to 1.5 months before their due date. There are no modify duties for us. For that I plan to leave 2 months before my due date.
During that time, I can be in ‘nesting’ mode and do whatever I want.
Post # 15
Wow. Many of you are very lucky. I can take a max of 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but really it is discouraged. I am taking 6 weeks unpaid leave. Of that, one week will be vacation and about 9 days are sick leave (which is all the sick leave I get for a year).
So many of you have a lot more sick, vacation, and maternity leave available to take from. I am very jealous.
Post # 16
It depends on where you’re at, what your job is, how much time you get off, etc… I ended up working while in labor with both kids, due to my circumstances. Many people in California take off a few weeks early, though, because you can get state short-term disability up to 4 weeks before your due date.