Has anyone ever asked their midwife for a sick leave note?
I live in Canada, and our Employment Insurance will pay us benefits for up to 15 weeks of sick leave prior to maternity leave. I am exhausted, I work in a fast-paced and stressful office and am constantly running into meetings, meeting with students, etc. I suffer from painful PSD, urinary incontinence and a rebellious sciatic nerve.
I rush home from work to 2 toddlers, dinner needing cooking, etc. DH is amazing, he works long, long days and still does way more than 1/2 the housework, but I still feel so unbelievably exhausted and sore, I end up spending the evening on the couch with intense braxton hicks. This is my 3rd pregnancy, and I was OK working up to the end the last 2 times, but this time I just don't feel I can do it anymore.
However, I am so timid to ask for a sick leave note from my midwife. I assume it is normally the midwife who suggests leaving work, not the woman asking for it. Is that the case? Do mothers ever ask to be let off work / for a sick leave note?