(Closed) When do you plan on going on mat leave?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ugh to be a Canadian….darn US maternity leave policies stink.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I plan to work until the end as well.  I have about 4 months paid time off and want to spend as much time as possible with the baby.  If I get closer to my due date and feel I have things I want to take care of before the baby arrives I may take off a day here and there.  I’m lucky in that my job is really flexible and I have a supportive boss.  I plan to be home for the full 6 months my job allows doing a combination of paid time off and working from home.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I almost feel bad posting this as so many are working so far into their pregnancies. I’m 33 weeks, and I’ve been on a medical leave since 30 weeks. I’m taking 8 weeks of medical then starting my maternity leave after the 8 weeks. ( A Canadian here ) For my job I have to return to work the day after my babies 1st birthday, so if my maternity leave runs out before then, I can take an unpaid leave of absence if I want to then. It was my original plan to work until about 35 weeks but very long days all on my feet got to me earlier then I thought. The Dr didn’t like the long shifts I had and didn’t even question writing me off early. Everyone is different and the type of work you do will greatly affect when you can work to I’d assume.

 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a US bee here so yeah, the laws are quite different. I went on leave immediately after my due date passed (which happened to be on a Saturday) and ended up having my baby four days later. I would recommend taking as much time as you can after the baby comes as it was extremely tough going back to work after my time ran out. That said, I am kind of glad the baby came after my due date by a few days as it was nice having those four extra days to just relax a bit so taking that time for yourself is nice as well. 🙂

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oh, I forgot to mention that I only get 30 days maternity leave. I might try to add in 2 more weeks if I have them (not likely) from vacation time.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I remember wit my 1st I left maybe around 8 months or so (due to family pressure though as they didn’t want me working especially since it was winter).  I was pt so I didn’t get paid and I was going to start back pt.  But then decided after to be a sahm.

I am currently a sahm but if I were you, I would listen to my body and take the time you need.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I get 4wks before my due date & 8 wks from the date of my csection. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My due date is August 12.  I’m planning to use some vacation time starting July 26 and my maternity leave officially starts August 7.  But… apparently it’s not that difficult to get your doctor to put you on medical leave prior to that, so at 33 weeks, I’m kind of just going day by day.  I’m kind of thinking I might start medical leave July 12 instead and then have my mat leave start on whatever day I actually give birth.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Last time I was pregnant I was working as a massage therapist and had to stop working at about 35 weeks because I just couldn’t reach the table anymore. So until delivery I was on maternal sick leave. We can get up to 2 months of that here. Then I had 9 months of maternity leave after DD was born. We get 6 months on 80% pay for our maternity leave here, but it can be distributed so you can get up to 12 months, but then you only get 40% pay.

Now I’m working with disabled children as a teacher’s assistant and am on summer holidays until August. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go back to work due to SPD. And I’ll take a year off.

 

Post # 26
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I left at 38 weeks (another 1 year mat leave Canadian bee)…and never returned! Our son is almost 20 months old now and we always planned on me being a SAHM- so happy to be with him everyday, but it sure would be nice to have my income back:)

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I plan on working until 2 weeks before my due date. Not going on mat leave – quitting my job and becoming a stay-at-home mom. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

US Bee… I get 6 weeks paid leave (8 if it’s a c-section), and then up to another 12 weeks of FMLA, which can be paid or unpaid depending on what I have in my bank. I’m hoping to save up as much time as possible so that I don’t have to come back early, and I can come back part time initially.

With all that said, I know I’m allowed to go out as early as 36 weeks, but I’m hoping to stick it out as long as possible. I know a lot of people say that it’s nice to have those few days before hand to nest, relax, etc. but I’ve heard just as many, if not more, say that it’s reeeeally hard to leave your baby and go back to work. So my preference is to stretch out my leave as long as possible after the baby is born. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ll be working until the end. I only work PT so it’s not bad.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I get 8 weeks so I am waiting until the VERY end. I am due Nov. 7 and my leave starts Oct. 29. I work at Sprint so I told them that if they see me leave in the middle of a sale, it means she’s coming!

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ll kind of be working until the end. I work in a school in a 10 month position, so I’m off until the end of August/beginning of September, and I’m hoping to work a little bit in the beginning. I’m only taking off what the doctor says I need, because that is all I’ll get paid for, and we really can’t afford to take a lot of time off without pay. Maybe my OB will be really nice and give me a little extra time!

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