When to stop working?

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When to stop working?
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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 9:49am

Hi all!

For current and soon-to-be BTDTs who were/are working, how long before your due date did/will you stop working?

My supervisor is going on sabbatical, so will be away for the majority of the time between now and when Evan arrives. I'd like to sit down and talk with her about my plans for when to stop working, etc. in an ideal case (i.e., I don't have to go on bed-rest for some reason - we'll deal with those situations if they come up).

How did you decide when to stop working? Did your company have a specific policy, or was it basically up to you?

TIA!





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Registered: 05-11-2010
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 10:15am

I think the answers of our US Moms will be very different than non-US Moms!

If I was still working, I would be working up until the day I went into labor, because I would only have 12 weeks with the baby and I would want to spend every second with him instead of waiting around for him.

But if I have 6 months or more off I might have taken off a week or so ahead of time . . . it's all theoretical since I don't have a job right now anyway, though. :-P

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 1:23pm

What I am doing (which may be different from you since you are in Canada) is working until the last possible minute I go into labor. I am only taking 9 weeks full time off and 2 more weeks part time.

My company doesn't have a policy I can take time whenever, but I wanted more time after she was here than before hand.

Hope that helps. I set up a plan with my manager, and she knows it's subject to change, and it's variable. I am getting my time in daily on our system and making sure everything I work on is up to date and accessible in case I go out earlier than my due date.

Good luck figuring it out!









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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 1:52pm
Cassie- I'm in the US, and was quitting my job and not getting any maternity leave, so it was a little different for me. But, I quit kind of gradually, moving down to part time, and then 2 days a week, then 1 day a week until my replacement was trained. I want to say I stopped going in altogether about 3 weeks before my due date. That was way too early, I ended up having like a month of time with nothing really to do, just waiting around for baby to show up. It was so boring. If I had it to do over again, I think I would work at least part time up until the baby is born. It gets harder to work as you get bigger and more tired etc., but sitting home all day watching "a baby story" and waiting for baby to show up is really not good for you. Not for me anyway. It's better to stay active and keep your mind off of it.
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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 1:57pm

Like the other responders my plan was to work until I went into labor because I didn't want to waste any of my 12 weeks of maternity leave. It didn't end up working out that way because I was placed on modified bedrest

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 1:58pm

My company does not have a specific policy but I did have to choose a date in advance. I stopped working on the 12th and Selin came on the 22nd, just 1 day after her due date. The last month of the pgcy, my feet were so swollen that just being home for 1 week made such a difference. I scheduled a few things for that time but left myself time to rest as well since I was so tired. It was a good balance because I never went stir crazy. My only regret is not getting more done around the house during that week like filing papers away and cleaning out closets. I kept thinking, oh I'll be home for 6 months and will have plenty of time to do it but it takes twice as long to get stuff done when you have a baby to watch.

I have to return to work in 2 weeks and my total leave was almost 6 months. The first 7 weeks or so were paid and the rest has been unpaid.

I plan to do the same thing when it comes time for baby #2, if I'm still working then.

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 2:30pm

I like many of the other working US mom's had planned to work up until I popped. I honestly planned on going into labor at work during one of my 12 hour shifts on my feet. My OB upped my due date by 11 days and my mom was flying in early so I decided I would start my leave early. Considering all the walking and being on my feet I thought Simon would come early as well. So I technically got off the morning of the 10th and my leave time started on the 14th. My OB said that she would not let me go more then a week to 10 days after the due date.


It was nice having the time with my mom and around the house before Simon came but I went crazy

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 7:52pm

Like the other US moms I planned on working until I had the baby.

On Friday 1-30 I worked until 4pm, and my water broke Saturday 1-31 at 6:30am... so I guess I accomplished that.

My work however did have me cut my hours back (they still paid me FT since I am salary) for the last few weeks.

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 8:46pm
I stopped working until the day before I went into the hospital for my induction. My employer said I could not take leave early unless I had a medical reason and a note from my OB to do so. However, I work at home so it made it a little easier than if I had to go into an office. I started working at home when I was 7 months. But that way I was able to take all the leave I wanted to and not having to worry about coming back early. I got 6 weeks of paid leave and I took 2 extra week of unpaid. I was able to have up to 12 by the FMLA leave act but I couldn't afford that many unpaid weeks as we needed the money. I hope that helps.
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Sun, 07-18-2010 - 1:14am

I could leave any time I wanted, up to 6 weeks before the due date.

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Sun, 07-18-2010 - 8:58am

I hadn't worked at my school district long enough to qualify for FMLA, so I could only take sick leave. I needed either the baby to be born or a note from my doctor. I taught up until 41 weeks, went to my 41 week appt after school on a Friday, and was told I was going straight to the hospital to be induced.

If I had been given the option, I would have chosen to stop working on my due date. I was decently comfortable up to that point, but that last week was rough. Plus I was really tired going into labor since I hadn't had any time to just lay around and rest.

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