(Closed) When did you go on maternity leave?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When did you go on maternity leave?

    3 + weeks before due date

    2 weeks before due date

    1 week before due date

    I worked up until the very last minute!

  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I haven’t given birth yet, but I really think it depends on how youre feeling when you get closer to the date. I would like to go out 2 weeks because I commute over an hour each way, but in retrospect, if I’m feeling THAT terrible, I’m open to going out earlier. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    jenspadiva:  You get 6 months of maternity leave?

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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    jenspadiva:  How about taking off the week or two before you’re due, and if you feel like total crap, you can take a sick week? I don’t know if that’s an option, but I think if you are worried about stress, I would take a little time before the due date, but not a ton so you don’t screw yourself out of time with the baby.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    jenspadiva:  Mine is 6 months too and I have to tell them months in advance too. I’m inclined to go on the late side because I can take up to 6 months sick leave in a rolling 4 year period. I obviously don’t want to be sick but if there are issues, at least I have that out! I’d check your sick leave, just in case you have to leave a week or two early. Id be inclined not to go that early because you might be left with 4.5 months.

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper

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    jenspadiva:  I seriously worked up until I gave birth.  I was all dressed for work and was getting ready to leave when my water broke.  So for me it wasn’t a matter of when to take off, it was when she would decide to be born.

    That’s amazing that you get 6 months of maternity leave as well!

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    40w 3days about 3 days before my induction date.

    I was just going to work up until I went into labor (I had an easy pregnancy and desk job).  I only got 12 weeks though, so why would I waste those just sitting around at home pregnant if I could help it?  You will rather have that time with your baby, trust me (unless you’re having complications or a dangerous job, etc).  Although with 6mo leave you have a bit more time, so I could see maybe taking off a week or two early.

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

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    jenspadiva:  legally in my contract I have to finish up 2 weeks before my due date so that’s what I will be doing. realistically on a first baby I think I’ll go over. I have 4 weeks holidays to take and can only carry forward 5 days. So I’m thinking I might add those 3 weeks annual leave before the 2 week minimum so I’ll be finishing 5 weeks before my due date. I’d much prefer to carry all my holidays into 2016 to extend my maternity leave after the baby is born. I’m hoping to take about 9 months total but some of that is unpaid.  Then I think maybe id prefer to take my annual leave earlier in the year cos I think 5 weeks before rhe due date I might just end up sitting around bored! But if I take them in my second trimester I might have more energy. Decisions decisions!

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Last time I worked until about 12 hours before my C section ;). I worked a regular day and my water broke in the middle of the night about a week before my scheduled section. I was planning on working right up until the end because I only took 6 weeks of mat leave and I wanted to use it all with the baby. This time I am planning to take 12 weeks so my last day will be a few days before my scheduled repeat section (assuming I make it that far). 

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    jenspadiva:  That’s not bragging!  I asked!  Wow… what is wrong with us Yankees???   I only get 6 weeks or 8 weeks with 2 of the weeks with 85% pay and we are required to take 1 week of PTO to start it off…so really I get 5 weeks or 7 weeks respectively…

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If you get 6 months total, I would not waste a month (or potentially more) of it before the baby has arrived. I’d set your last day as close to your due date as you can, and if you happen to give birth before your due date, your company will deal with it. Trust me, you are going to want as much tiem AFTER the birth as possible for your leave, not time before. 

    I was lucky in that I didn’t have to give a firm start date for my leave, so I got to work right up until I went into labor. It kept me busy during those long last few weeks, and it meant all of my leave was preserved for when my baby was actually here. 

     

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