For those of us who work away from home...
When are you starting your maternity leave? Will you be using FMLA? When do you plan to go back to work?
Currently, I work outdoors for a photography company. It is a very demanding job- I'm on my feet for 8-10 (sometimes more) hours per day (I do get the opportunity to briefly sit for 5-10 minutes every so often, plus a meal break, plus multiple snack runs), and am scheduled about 45 hours/wk but always end up staying later to finish up paperwork. I feel, right now, that I can totally keep up with it. It feels good to be active, do something I love, work with people I like to be around, AND get paid for it! I don't think I'm doing any "harm" to this baby by working- I definitely don't feel overworked.
However, I'm trying to figure out when to take this maternity leave, and also when to go back. I'm due September 15th. My DD1 was born at around 42 weeks, my DD2 was born via c/s at 39+6 *but* I was in early labor before the surgery. I wasn't nearly as active then as I am now... I'm not sure when to expect this baby!
I'm *also* not sure when to come back after Maternity leave. Any input?
What are you all doing, and how did you figure it out?