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post #41 of 57
I worked until four days before my due date, and went in to labor on my due date. In retrospect it would have been nice to have a week or so to spend relaxing. Not that I was doing a lot at work that last month anyway. I would not have been able to make it that long if I had to stand a lot during the day.
post #42 of 57
This is totally individual pregnancy-to-pregnancy. My first, I called them to say I wasn't coming as my baby was coming out. I did not need time off beforehand. My second, I was in school, so that's different...third, my water broke at 7 months so I stopped then.
post #43 of 57
My water broke a few hours after I got home from work at 38w5d so that was my last day. I was a SAHM for my other 2.
post #44 of 57
I worked my last day on the day my water broke (it happened at home at night) and I went into labor at 39 weeks. My company doesn't offer any pre-birth leave time--it would have cut into my after-birth leave time and there was no way I was going to waste it before my baby came!
post #45 of 57
I stopped at 37 weeks. I wasplanning to go to 38 weeks but I had the feeling dd was coming a week early (and she came exactly at 39 weeks). My state allows someone to start paid leave at 36 weeks.

With me I wanted the time to wash things, set up her items, clean the house, rest, etc. before she came out.
post #46 of 57
Just wanted to reply really quickly.

FYI, I have no children nor am I pregnant (damn) but this is the advice that I got from people at work when I am pregnant. But! I am in Calgary too

They all said hands down wait until you are in labour and then take the time off. I've had more than one person tell me that they just called in "sick" when they were in labour and then gave birth. FWIW we are lifeguards, so we are on our feet all day.
post #47 of 57
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But! I am in Calgary too

They all said hands down wait until you are in labour and then take the time off. I've had more than one person tell me that they just called in "sick" when they were in labour and then gave birth. FWIW we are lifeguards, so we are on our feet all day.
Last time I was worried that if I didn't give 6 weeks notice (as is required by Alberta labor code) they wouldn't be required to keep my job.
post #48 of 57
I was induced with my last pregnancy. I worked that day right up to the induction. I was only given 6 weeks off (unpaid) and was told to return or my job would not be there (small company, exempt from FMLA.) I left at 3pm that day to be induced at 3:30, and was given a huge hassle about leaving work early. Mind you, this was a professional position with a 'reputable' company.

There is very little support for women in the US in terms of maternity leave, and even the leave that is protected (assuming you don't fall through the FMLA cracks) is really a very short time, so I think most women here will work up to or past their due dates.

In other countries, there is greater support and protection for most women, and they may well opt to stop working a few weeks sooner to protect their health as well as that of the child. If I had the option of 11 months, I'd probably plan to stop working about 2 weeks before my edd.

In my current job, I'm not really planning to take much time away, but I'm only in my office part time, and I am able to work from home the rest of the time. I plan to take a couple weeks, then work from home, and as I return to the office, I'll bring the baby with me for a few months.
post #49 of 57
I think it depends on your job somewhat. When working on tall ladders with large tools, and hammers, I quit around 4-5 months. Then I worked as a cashier pretty much until the last day.
I agree that I needed the time off after the birth more-both times.
Congratulations!
post #50 of 57
Most women in the US work right up til they give birth because we have no other choice...

I had full plans to work right up til I went into labor, but the last month was increasingly hard for me as I kept getting severe BH no matter how much water I drank, etc...

But I was unbeleivably lucky that I have an AWESOME boss and he cared about my well being and had me work from home whenever I didn't feel up to coming into the office in that last month. Then I was lucky that my due date was on the tail end of our holiday shut down, so I did get a week home without even have to work from home a week before I went into labor.

It just depends on each pregnancy I think. My friend was perfectly healthy and no BH's at the end so she worked right up to the day and was fine.
post #51 of 57
I am planning to be off around two weeks before my EDD.

I read something recently (of course can't find it now) that says new moms generally have an easier time recovering/adjusting after birth with some time off before delivery.
post #52 of 57
I worked until I went into labour. I think I would have been totally bored just sitting at home waiting! And I was a lot more productive those last few weeks of pregnancy than I was during the first trimester...
post #53 of 57
My due date is July 30 and I'm working (at home) until July 29. I only have a few months-- I want to spend every second possible with my toddler and new baby!
post #54 of 57
I think it all depends on the type of job you have. I worked until delivery (in USA I only have maternity leave), but my job is quite relaxed and could be adjusted to what I could do, at home I would be doing similar things.
In the country I am from originally, 4 weeks before due date is the norm. 6 weeks if there is some sort of minor complication during pregnancy, but it cuts into the total time off. I think one time I have read some research that said that 4 weeks before due date is optimal for health (delivery outcome, mom health, baby health) on average, but it all depends on the type of job (and type of pregnancy).

Carma
post #55 of 57
I thought I had it all planned perfectly. I was going to work until I was 39 weeks in my job as an ER nurse and then I'd have 2 weeks to get EVERYTHING ready (1st timers are supposed to go at 41 weeks right?) Not so. Worked until 11pm and woke up at 3am, the day I turned 38 weeks, in labor. I wished I'd had a little more time before to nest. And get a pedicure
post #56 of 57
I worked until 36 weeks with #1 (12 hour shifts, on my feet). I think she was positioned oddly because I was soooooo very uncomfortable and desparate to be off work.

#2 I would've gone out earlier but I wanted to train for our transport team which happened when I was 37.5 weeks (very pregnant woman in helicopter=hilarious BTW) With #2 however, i was not uncomfortable in the least. I was still running (literally) to high risk births on my last day of work. You should've seen the looks I got from the L&D patients!
post #57 of 57
With my first pregnancy, I was having twins so I left per doctor's orders at 32 weeks (Had the twins at 36 weeks). With my second pregnancy, I left at 37 weeks. Keep in mind, though, I had two toddlers at home and I worked nights. With my last pregnancy, I left work on a Friday and was induced the following Wednesday. With that last pregnancy, my manage pretty much told me to get a note from my midwife so we could get me on sick leave because the nights were getting really hard for me but I had limited vacation time which I wanted to save for after the baby was born to extend my paid leave.
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