BTDTs...working up to EDD?

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BTDTs...working up to EDD?
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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 4:46pm

I'm not sure why this is on my mind so much, since it's fairly far away, but I would love to hear your experiences.


For those of you who were working outside the home prior to the birth of your child...

-How far in advance of your EDD did you schedule your "last day at the office"?
-Did you end up working until that time...or end up leaving work sooner (or working longer) for any reason?
-If (or when) you have the chance to do it again, would you schedule things any differently?


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Registered: 01-17-2007
Wed, 09-30-2009 - 5:09pm

My job is very physically demanding, so I went on light duty some time around 35 weeks. I planned on working till the bitter end, but I think my last day ended up being about a week before my EDD. It was just getting too hard since I stand for my entire shift, and I was fairly useless since my OB wouldn't let me lift anything heavy and I had to walk down the hall to the bathroom every 30 minutes, lol.

I think it was a pretty good plan. I had a little time to relax (ok freak out, haha) before Ry arrived, but I got paid as much as possible (no paid maternity leave in the baking world, hehe).

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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 7:44pm

My last due date was Jan 23rd. Our office closed with pay from Dec 24-Jan 2nd so it really didn't make sense to go back after that. I had a lot of vacation built up so I ended up taking that the week before and being off Dec 18th.

This time I'll have my end date as May 28th for my June 6th due date. At my new work, I will actually have to bring in a doctor's note to show I am capable of work 4 weeks before my due date. Otherwise, I will be expected to stat mat leave then!

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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 8:51pm
With my first I worked until a week before my due date. With my second I was out 3 weeks before my due date. And I ended up having my kids a couple days after going out of work. (both times!)
I wouldn't change it. At the end it was good for me to have something to do, otherwise I would have been board out of my mind and been anticipating the baby coming! The second time I had a hard pregnancy so I was ready to go out sooner. It was good timing for me. I guess it really depends on the pregnancy for me. :) HTH some! :) I don't think it's ever to early to start planning!! Good for you! :) Take care!
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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 9:03pm

WIth my first, I worked until the end....mainly

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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 6:13am

Hi Cassie,

I worked until I was 38 1/2 weeks (due date 10 Feb, last day at work 31 Jan). The last month I worked slightly reduced working hours (only 7 hours/day instead of 8) which I was very happy about! My job isn't physically demanding but even sitting at a desk for a longer period of time can be very uncomfortable when you're the size of a small planet, so make sure to take lots of little breaks to move around (or just go to the loo - you'll have to do that every half hour anyway).
I think this worked fine for me, as I wanted to have a little bit of me-time before the due date (and to finish off the nursery!). But I have to say it was harder to work that long than I'd imagined; just because everything just gets so much more exhausting in the final weeks.
That being said, I ended up having 3 full weeks at home waiting for baby, which seemed like an eternity once the nursery was done as I had to find lots of other things to keep myself busy! So that's also something to keep in mind.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 10-01-2009 - 7:43am

Cassie,


Your post is so timely as just yesterday I was talking with my HR dept. about when I would need to notify them of my mat. leave start and end dates. It is so hard to plan that far out in advance because I really need to see how I'm doing come January and how I'm handling commuting to work in the winter weather (it takes me about 1- 1 1/2 hours each way via public transit door-to-door).


What Anna said really hit me - that it was much harder to sit at a desk all day in the final weeks. I've been figuring, how hard could it be? But she's right, you're bigger, get exhausted more quickly, and have to pee more often.


I'm still thinking about the dates but will probably have to make my decision by Christmas since I have so much paperwork to do for the leave (medical leave of absence and then short-term disability).

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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 10:47am

I taught until I was 41 weeks pg (left school, went to doctor, got sent to hospital, and got induced - so I hadn't been out of work for 24 hours by the time Barrett arrived!) I chose to do this because I did not qualify for FMLA but I did qualify to get paid maternity leave with the sick leave I had accumulated. But I couldn't take sick leave until I had a medical reason (i.e. had given birth)

I taught high school which I think it is less physically demanding than many other teaching jobs - I got away with sitting on a stool in front of the classroom most days plus my students were more than helpful. If I would have still qualified for leave, I would have worked up to my due date and then stopped. My feet were really uncomfortable from the swelling by the end of the day but other than that I was doing fine (standing and sitting were hardest on my feet so that only left walking around - but that hurt everything else!). I was glad I didn't stop working at 37 weeks and have nothing to do but sit around for 4 weeks, but I would have liked one week to relax.

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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 11:58am

Cassie J, Thanks for posting this question. I have been curious about what others have done as well.


Currently I want to work as long as I can. My OB seems to think at 28 weeks I need to go on reduced hours but I don't plan on doing that unless I feel I need to or she decides to provide me with information showing that I or Button are possibly in a not so good situation. I am up and down alot and I know it probably won't be easy when I get closer to the end. However, I want to spend as much time with Button after he is here as possible and not spend up my maternity leave (12 weeks atleast half if not all paid) waiting on him to get here.


Thanks to all the BTDT mommies for your stories and comments!

 Cassie 

     

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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 12:01pm

I have a desk job, and had an easy/comfortable pregnancy. And I had a flexible boss. So, I was due on Wednesday, April 22nd. I told them I might have the baby as soon as early/mid April, and that everyone should plan on me being out by Friday the 17th. In the end, I ended up working until April 24th (two days past my due date). If I'd stayed home that week I would have just started getting impatient and stressed. Given that I was feeling good, it was better for me to be out and have something to distract me.

So the weekend after my due date came and went, and Monday the 27th came. I'd had false labor that morning, and then I had an NST. Though DH went to work in the afternoon. I don't think I would have gone to work at that point even if I'd been free, since by that point it was just getting silly, and I did have a bit of nesting to do. Thankfully, I went into labor that evening. So, I only really had one work day off before having the baby, and that was 6 days after my due date.

Doing it that way worked best for me. It'll be different next time, since I'll already have one at home. But if I was doing the first one over I'd do it the same way, unless I was exhausted/uncomfortable.

If I wanted to be more conservative, I would have stopped a week before my due date. I think if you stop much earlier than that you risk spending most of a month waiting, and the waiting at the end really is killer.

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