(Closed) When to go on maternity leave?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
892 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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snowflake8 :  I’m also a Canadian Bee and started my Mat. Leave on December 18th and my Due date was January 15th. 

My thinking was the week 18th was the last “normal” work week before the holidays, and I also drive around 45 mins one way and I didn’t really like the idea of being on the road that long per day by myself. And it was also winter (it ended up being a pretty mild winter though).

There is NO WAY I’d be able to lug myself to work in those last two weeks, I was miserable and totally over being preganant lol… I also really liked the time I had off before hand and am planning on taking off a month early for my next pregnancy.  

Post # 3
6262 posts
Bee Keeper

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snowflake8 :  do you get paid for a year?

Post # 4
622 posts
Busy bee

I worked until 37 weeks, which is good because I ended up having my son at 37w2d.

Post # 5
4065 posts
Honey bee

I worked until I went into labor, BUT I work from home and my water broke on Christmas, so things were pretty quiet and I had some off time anyway. I’m in the US and had three months off so every little bit of time was needed once baby was born. Honestly, there really isn’t that much to prepare so I think you might go a little crazy with a month off. If I were in your shoes, I’d enjoy that extra income since you’re going to be a Stay-At-Home Mom and work until closer to your due date.

Post # 6
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I plan on giving myself 2 weeks before my due date before I go off, but honestly, I won’t know how I feel until I get to that point – so maybe just go with that plan but if you’re feeling hella good (or not so much) just go off whenever feels right! I might also use my vacation time to push my year even longer! Do you have holidays you can use?

ETA: my friend went off 3 weeks before her due date, and was also a week over due, so she now will have to go back when her baby is 11 months, so think of that as well 🙂


ETA again: you’re going to be a Stay-At-Home Mom so ignore my last ETA lol

Post # 7
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

That’s what  would do, two or three weeks before.  Add in your vacation for the year, and voila, you’ve got your full year with baby!


ETA saw after I commented that you’re going to be Stay-At-Home Mom after.  Definitely two or three weeks beforehand in that case!

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I worked until 37 weeks and am taking 9 months off – I could have gone a week longer probably but my employer made my work load very light at the end of my pregnancy. It felt like the right amount of time to prepare for baby and have a bit of time to relax – I ended up being in hospital a whole week before baby came and didn’t sleep very well then so was glad I had two weeks of rest before that. 

Post # 9
3327 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

None of the girls at my work stayed at home, but they all took their mat leave as close to their due date as possible, then took their vacation later so they ended up getting almost a full year with baby on mat leave, + 2-3 weeks vacation where they started with day care and getting adjusted. Since you’re going to SAH, I don’t see a point in staying that late unless you are hurting for money, and an extra cheque would really make a big difference. 2-3 weeks sounds fine, but I’d think you might get bored lol.

Post # 10
148 posts
Blushing bee

I am in Canada too, due mid april, and will be leaving 5 weeks before my due date. I have a lot of vacation banked though, and need to use of the time or it will get paid out (and getting paid out means taxed like crazy on it, I would rather the time). I will start mat leave after that which will be my due date, unless there is a medical reason that I could use my sick leave to bridge the gap until baby arrives. 

Post # 11
5280 posts
Bee Keeper

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snowflake8 :  I’m also a Canadian bee so I get a year off. I plan to take my vacation prior to being off on Mat leave so about 3 weeks before my due date I will leave. I have 4 weeks vacation but I will probably take a day here and there for appointments and if the weather is bad during this winter

Post # 12
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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snowflake8 :  Canadian bee here as well. I took off 2 weeks early and Dear Daughter was 6 days late. I was so thankful for that time off! It was soooo nice to have naps in the middle of the day, not have to go out in the cold, spend time as a couple before life gets turned upside down! The only downside to leaving early is going back early but you don’t need to worry about that :). With my next baby, I’m taking 3-4 weeks so we can have time together before becoming a family of 4.

Post # 13
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I worked up until delivery at 38w and am glad I did. I’d go crazy sitting around waiting. 

Post # 14
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Due Jan 18th here.  My company shuts down for a (paid) holiday break December 22, so that is effectively when my maternity leave is starting, though it doesn’t start officially until Jan 3 (the date I would be going back if I returned after holiday shutdown). 

If I didn’t have the shutdown to factor in, I probably would have started leave about the same time, anyway – I figure by that time I will be happier to be taking it easy than either being bored or stressed at work.

Post # 15
6958 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I was planning to work until as close to my due date as I could. Due to California maternity leave regulations, I had to start leave about a month before my due date. I had a friend who told me (when I was stressing out about the financial/timing element) that I would really appreciate having that month- it was true. I hadn’t even realized how stressed and tightly wound I was about everything until a good 2-3 weeks into my maternity leave (and before my baby was born). I didn’t even have the energy for nesting things in those first couple weeks. It was just decompressing time. I could have managed with a baby during that time, but I was really glad I didn’t have to.

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