BTDT questions- work and feet growth

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BTDT questions- work and feet growth
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 3:05pm

I'm a first grade teacher, and just asked my doctor when I should stop work for maternity leave.


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Sat, 01-01-2011 - 4:34pm
I was originally going to stop working at 37 weeks 4 days and ended up going off at 36 weeks 4 days by order of the doc. That gave me about 2-3 weeks before my due date. That seemed to be enough time for me considering that most PG`s go late and I didnt want to sit around for for a very long time waiting on baby but I still wanted some time to myself. Good thing I did go off early...he was born at 38 weeks, so if I had stuck to the original plan I would have only had 3 days to myself. Looking back, though I didnt feel tired and worn out at the time when I was working that last week, I was super grateful to be done when I was and really noticed the difference in how I felt when I was able to get some rest and stay off my feet.

As for feet, mine didnt grow but just retained more water towards the end which made shoes uncomfortable. My shoes were really worn and broken in so I never bought new shoes. I know some PG women wear crocs or other sandals at the end if they live in a warm climate or are PG in the summer.


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Registered: 02-16-2008
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 9:32pm

I planned to work right up until the end, since I didn't have enough leave anyway and was relying on donations from coworkers and my parents. As it was, I worked on Friday and went into labor on Saturday night at 37w5d. I have an office job though, and really don't have contact with the public/others on campus face-to-face. I spent some time laying in the floor with my laptop because I could get comfortable that way.

As for shoes, once my feet started swelling and hurting, I got a couple pairs of teva flipflops and just wore those. When I was in the office, I went barefoot. We're pretty laid back. LOL

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 10:20pm
Our maternity leave will not pick up coverage until the baby arrives, so anytime you take before then you need to take vacation or personal time. With Ray I worked till "the end", worked on Friday and he was born on a Sat (at 38 weeks). I did however start working shorter days near the end. The plan this time is the same, but I may also work some days from home.

My feet did grow... with each pregnancy. Before Ray they were a 9.5, after Ray they were a 10... now they are an 11. I had these super awesome comfy shoes I got when I was PG w/ Ray... and they sadly don't fit during this pregnancy.
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Sat, 01-01-2011 - 10:54pm

Emmy, my leave



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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 11:41pm
Hi Emmy! First of all, I didn't know that you teach 1st grade! How fun! I'm about to start my student teaching placement in kindergarten. :-)

Now to your questions...

I felt pretty good throughout my PGcy but didn't want to work up until my due date because even though I had a desk job, I also had a 3 hour commute and this was the middle of last winter so needless to say, I was exhausted by the time I got off the train at night. I worked until Feb 12th and Selin came on the 22nd, just one day after her EDD. For me, the little over one week break was perfect - I had time to rest but also scheduled a few activities like meeting friend's for lunch and getting a hair cut, lol.

My feet swelled pretty bad during the last month. By the time I reached home at night, my ankles were like tree trunks and my feet hurt so bad. I resorted to wearing slipper socks at work (I bought black ones so they didn't stick out too much but at that point, I just cared about comfort!) I put my feet up on a box under my desk at work and tried to walk around every half hour but they still swelled. Thankfully, my mom found socks for diabetics - they have no elastic and were the only socks I could wear comfortably. I have since seen them at Walmart near the pharmacy. Highly recommend them!

I am normally a 10 shoe size and I have a wide foot. My size grew to an 11 but went back to 10 after Selin was born. I had just bought work shoes before I got PG and didn't want to spend money on a pair of size 11's so I just went to Payless Shoes and bought a decent pair of black work shoes in size 11. I actually still have them and they got me through to the end. I don't remember exactly when my shoe size changed, maybe halfway or 3/4 of the way through the PGcy?

Sorry for the novel but I hope this info helps!

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 11:44pm
Also wanted to recommend They carry hard to find sizes and widths. They have free returns and free shipping, too.

Lastly, can you ask other teacher mommies at your school how early they went on maternity leave??

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 5:27am
I worked until 41 weeks. I worked up until my induction. I had an appt the morning I ended ip going in and worked until about 4. We headed to the hospital around 6:30. But I work a desk job so for me it was a bit easier. I couldn't afford to take off time before.

As for my feet. They got a little swollen towards the end but all my shoes still fit. I never had to get new ones. I know a few friends of mine though that went up a size. Hopefully yours don't.

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 4:15pm

I was a fifth grade teacher before I had Evan ('m a SAHM now), and I did take a month off before he was born, but it wasn't due to discomfort or anything like that.

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Sun, 01-02-2011 - 6:25pm
My plan was to work until the 15th, and my due date was the 23rd. However, that didn't work out since Evan decided to come 5 weeks early! So, I can't say if it would have been enough or too much time.

My feet swelled a lot and my shoes were tight, but more width-wise than length-wise. All my shoes fit normally now.

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Sun, 01-02-2011 - 10:39pm


I taught until I was 41 weeks pg, left school early on a Friday, went to the Dr for a Non-stress test, and was told I was going straight to the hospital :)