I am with you, Sasha's Mom. Last time I pretty much worked until I went into labor (started feeling really early signals to slow down about 12 hours before any contractions), my son was born 1 day before his due date. This time I am thinking that I would like to take off a little earlier as I am feeling more exhausted, but like chocopais I feel like I would be shortchanging myself on time off after the baby arrives. I also think deep down I also feel like I don't deserve it or don't really need it or something. Right now I am planning on working until the 18th, which is 5 days before the due date. My sister's first was 2 weeks early and her second was 5 days late, it always makes me laugh at how hard it is to plan all of this out exactly!
I hate the American work ethic! Taking time off is just not taken lightly and maybe even slightly frowned upon... even when you're about to have a baby! It's such a special time in our lives, and we are thinking this will be our last baby so I don't want to push to hard and have any regrets or be too stressed out. I am thankful that the due date is close to the holiday season when many people are taking weeks off, and that my husband will be taking 6 weeks off as soon as the baby is born so we can bond as a bigger family!
Hugs to you pregnant and working mamas, this is tough stuff.