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I'm due May 11th, but my last day is April 8th. (35.5 weeks). My job involves a lot of travel and I don't feel comfortable driving 2+hours when I'm that pregnant. Plus we are moving shortly after the baby is born, so I wanted some time at home before the baby arrives to start packing.
I get a year for maternity leave, so I'm ok with starting my leave earlier. If I only got 12 weeks, I'd probably work longer.
Waiting until I have LO. I did the same with DS and was fine.
I also work in the hospital where I will deliver this time around, so it would actually be really convenient for me to go into labor while at work!
I'm taking vacation/misc leave to my due date, then I get a year off though. It seems silly to hoard my days when I have a full year off.
I plan on working up until I go into labor.
My plan is to take off 3 weeks before my due date as I get 18 weeks off after the due date regardless. Those 18 weeks don't use my PTO and it's the max I can take (unless I have c/s then 20 weeks). My first two children were born 3 weeks and 2 weeks before their due date so I'm hoping this LO is closer to his due date so I can have some time off prior to his arrival.
I wish I could work up until my DD (assuming I'm physically able to) but the nature of my job requires notice to when the person covering me will need to begin. It's not something that can happen last minute. So, I guess I'll have to decide how soon before my DD will be me last day. Hopefully as the DD approaches my OB and I can determine how likely I'll be to go early/late/on time and choose a last day that way.
*LisaFrank*:With my DS, I worked up until the day I had him. I plan to do the same thing with this baby. I want every bit of the 12 weeks at home with her.
I'm a SAHM now, but this is what I did when I was pregnant with DS. That 12 weeks went by so quickly.