June 2013 Moms

When do you plan to leave?

I have the option to be finished work this Sunday. I'll be 36 weeks. Too early? I don't have any medical issues with my pregnancy but I have lots of sick and vaca time available if I like.

What are your reasons to keep working? Or go off?

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  • It would be too early for me.  At my company you can't use sick/vacation time to extend your FMLA so I wouldn't be able to even if I wanted to.  Just keep in mind that you could potentially be waiting for that baby for SIX more weeks.  That's a lot of time :)
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  • MaelaraMaelara
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    June 4th is my last day :) it's only 2 weeks before my due date and I have a lot to do still!

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  • Ya this was my concern... Being bored. I'm in Canada tho so I am spoiled with 52wks of mat leave. Such a blessing!
  • Too early for me. Today was my last day, and I have a scheduled C-Section Tuesday. I worked right up to the very end.
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  • I fully intended on working up until my due date. But got pulled out this week. If I didn't have BP issues I would still be at work. Maybe start taking a few half days or a day off a week? Give you some extra time to do stuff without going all the way.

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  • My last day of full time is 38 weeks 4 days. Part time until 39 weeks 4 days. Starting leave on my dud date and I cant wait to be done.
  • jefkjefk
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    Today was my last day - I'm 37w4d, due 6/11.  I'm a teacher and being on my feet all day in a hot building has been killing me.  I'm glad to be done!  I'm taking sick time from now til the end of the year, and 6 weeks of FMLA in the fall.
  • I plan on working until the very end.  Then I get more time with the LO. 
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  • I live in CA with "use it or lose it" 4 weeks pre-due date disability available. I was going to work closer to my due date but the HR lady said there's no advantage to that and I can't add it at the end of my parental leave. So I'm working until 37 weeks. Would leave at the 4 week mark but I made prior commitments.

    I'll probably go a little stir crazy, but it will be nice to have time to focus on all of the baby stuff I haven't dealt with yet. Definitely nice to not commute 1 hour each way and deal with those puffy feet! 

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  • I would leave as soon as you can. I always find theres stuff to do around the house to keep me busy. Its nice to have time to do stuff like mini projects I have been putting off or deep cleaning, or organizing, precooking and baking a bunch of stuff for the freezer, or anything baby related not yet done. Since taking off now doesnt impact your nice long mat leave why not? Plus just being able to sleep in or nap when you want to since (at least for me) getting a decent nights sleep is getting more and more impossible and sleep may be hard to come by with a newborn. I like having a slower pace right now (life wont ever be quite like this again when I have so much free time to see friends or do whatever I want when I want). But I'm from Canada too so unlike the majority on this board I am used to people not having to work right up to their due date.

    Overall I'd just do whatever you want and what feels right to you and ignore us on the bump.

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  • My dr wants me out next week and ill be 37 weeks. I am on my feet 10 hrs a day and have had really bad swelling. I just cant do it anymore. Ill be filing for short term disibility.
  • I'd probably split the difference and work two more weeks. If I don't have a baby this weekend I will be at work a few days next week.
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  • redaeroredaero
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    I'm planning to work up till this LO's arrival, but only because I only get 12 weeks no matter what, and I would rather spend as much time with the baby as possible.
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  • I'm Canadian too and I'm leaving work when I'm just over 37 weeks. It's easiest for me to leave work at month end.
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    I live in CA with "use it or lose it" 4 weeks predue date disability available. I was going to work closer to my due date but the HR lady said there's no advantage to that and I can't add it at the end of my parental leave. So I'm working until 37 weeks. Would leave at the 4 week mark but I made prior commitments.I'll probably go a little stir crazy, but it will be nice to have time to focus on all of the baby stuff I haven't dealt with yet. Definitely nice to not commute 1 hour each way and deal with those puffy feet!nbsp;


    This is me too. My last day was today. Monday I'll be 37 weeks. I figured I might as well use most of the time I'm entitled to and have paid into. I have lots of projects to keep me busy.
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  • I'd wait and use the time AFTER baby was here.

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  • I only get 12 weeks so I will work till the end. I'm having pretty stern bh and lots of back/ rib pain cutting down to half days would be perfect at this point, but I might start half days in June if its gets much more painful. 
  • Well when I take off work I don't get paid so I wouldn't do it. :) Plus I'd rather have that time AFTER the baby is here to recover and then to enjoy the baby.

    Honestly ... what would you do right now? I would be bored out of my mind. Especially if I had potentially 5-6 weeks of nothing before the baby actually arrived. 

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  • daffy2kdaffy2k
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    Also from Canada -- I started my leave just shy of 35 weeks at the end of April.  I have not been bored!  No medical reason for leaving early, and my energy levels have been good so I have been able to get so much done around the house.  I love that I have had the time to do my spring cleaning (washing walls, windows, all that stuff I usually don't have time for) and have been able to get most of my yard work done as well.  It's also been great to have more time with DH when he is on days off.  Overall I'm really happy with my decision to take the month of May off, I feel likei have completely de-stressed from work and am now starting to actually feel ready for this LO to get here :)
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  • I got put on light duty at 32 weeks bit my job doesn't recognize it, so I've bee. Out of work since then (today made 6 weeks of being home). It really depends on your job demands and what you feel capable of doing. There was no way that I could fulfill my nursing duties, so out I went. 




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  • I suppose I could have mentioned what I do! I'm a nurse in the busiest hospital in the city... Sooo much walking and short breaks often.

    Thanks for all your comments. I think I shall leave early! I won't have this free time in a very long time. Perhaps I'll learn how to cook this month lol.
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    I'll be 36 weeks in about 4 days.  I would LOVE to be off work then--I have so much work to do!!  Besides the fact that the nursery still needs to be built (not just painted & decorated), I have two large pieces of furniture I need to refinish, a slipcover for an armchair to sew, some smaller items to paint, and some pillows & decorations to make.  And I want to cook & freeze lots of meals so I won't have to worry about that when the baby arrives.  Plus, of course, flowers that want planting and other flowers that need tending and stuff around the house that needs to be cleaned up and hauled off. Gah!  It would be heaven to focus on that stuff instead of dragging myself to work every day!  As grumpy as I am, you'd think they'd just send me home to get away from me.

    But I only get 12 weeks of FML, and I have to use my medical/annual leave at the same time as the FML.  In other words, no more than 12 weeks, no matter what.  So I'm working up until the day I go into labor, if possible, just because I want a full 12 weeks to spend with my little one once he arrives. Plus, we need the money.

    I'm kind of fascinated by the women who really have a passion for their work, even when there are things at home that need doing.  I don't hate my job; I would enjoy it if I were still single and had no life and nothing waiting for me at home.  But it's so difficult to care about job-stuff when there's all this real-life wonderfulness waiting for me at home!

  • I've been off since I was deemed high risk at 10 wks. I'll be taking full mat leave as well after LO is here. Gotta love being Canadian hehe. I have been keeping myself busy and I am more than ready for our baby to come.
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  • I'm due June 21 and stop work on June 9th. I'm looking forward to stopping so I can prepare and finish many things. 
  • That would be too early for me. I am leaving just after 39 weeks.

  • I started my leave this past week. I work in an ER and although I feel I was still ok to work, I wanted to spend this last little bit of baby free time with my hubby. Plus the ER I work in is right next to a psych hospital, so we get quite a bit of psych patients in there and although most of the time I can steer clear of them, I'd rather not take a chance.



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  • I'm exhausted, sore, and so done...but I'm sticking it out til the bitter end. I will have exactly enough earned time, extended sick leave, and short term disability pay to cover my 12-week FMLA maternity leave. I really don't want to waste any of those days sitting around my house being useless (that's honestly what I am at this point!) in my house. If I'm overdue, I'll still keep working until I go into labor or am induced. 
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    I suppose I could have mentioned what I do! I'm a nurse in the busiest hospital in the city... Sooo much walking and short breaks often. Thanks for all your comments. I think I shall leave early! I won't have this free time in a very long time. Perhaps I'll learn how to cook this month lol.

    Enjoy your time!  I'm in a similar situation--I had a temporary contract that ended when I was 36 weeks and I'll be taking a full year off to stay at home with the baby after she's here.  I sort of worried that I would be bored, but really, not working is pretty awesome.  I felt guilty at first that my husband was heading off to work every day and I didn't have to, but that wasn't really helping either of us, so I let it go and decided that what he gets out of this is the cleanest kitchen we've ever had and a wife who's as relaxed and calm as she can be for an 8+-months pregnant FTM.  I've been cleaning, putting away freezer meals, getting my vegetable garden going, and enjoying plenty of time for exercise, reading, and afternoon naps.  Who knows?  This will likely be the last time I get to just relax and focus on taking care of myself for a couple decades, so I see no reason not to enjoy it!

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