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Work till delivery

FTM here, still pregnant with 8 weeks to go. I want to know if anyone has any advice or can tell me how realistic it is for me to want to work till delivery. I've already told my boss I want to do this but really have no idea just how much more uncomfortable I will be compared to now. At this point I'm fine working, I have a desk job, so it's not physically demanding at all. Did you plan to work till delivery? We're you able to do so? How did you feel in the last weeks?

Edit: reason why I want to work till delivery is to spend as much time as possible during my leave with LO. I think it would be a waste of my leave just waiting to deliver.
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  • I worked through Friday and had DD1 on Saturday-it wasn't an issue at all. With DD2, I had an unexpected job loss and was home before her delivery. Trust me, sitting around on the couch doesn't make it any easier to wait-or necessarily any more comfortable! :)
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  • I worked until delivery with DS. It was fine. My workload was decreasing a lot at the end because each day I had no idea if I would be back the next morning. I am a lawyer and had hearings scheduled up to six days before my EDD. Then I helped others in my office with small matters, worked on transfer memos for my cases, and followed up on a few other small things. I woke up at 6 am on my due date with contractions and texted my boss.
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  • I worked a half day, went to the dr in the afternoon and was admitted to the hospital that evening. I felt ok. The last day I had no appetite.
  • I worked up until my due date, and baby was born 2 days after due date. It worked out well for me, since I generally felt best in the mornings and I was able to get a lot done. I would have been bored, and broke, sitting at home.
  • jbatchjbatch
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    I worked up until delivery I worked Monday my water broke that night and I delivered Tuesday.. It was fine..


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  • I worked until the Friday before my due date. I was due on Wednesday December 27 and Monday and Tuesday were holidays. You will be exhausted and ready to stop working, but it's possible and like PPs said your workload will probably be lower towards the end. I'm glad I kept working to maximize my time at home with LO.

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  • I worked up until the day before labor (induction).  I'm a 1st grade teacher, so on my feet all day long.  It wasn't an issue.  I felt better at work than home anyhow because I was busy and not thinking of how miserable I was. :)

     

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  • I went into labor at work, drove my hour commute home and hung out all day until it was time to go to the hospital.  I was 40 weeks pregnant. 

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  • I worked up until delivery with both kids - DD was born on a Sunday, and DS was born on a Saturday, and I worked Friday.  I felt fine other than the usual pregnancy aches and discomfort.  I'm a teacher, so on my feet most of the day, and it was ok.  Like you, I wanted to maximize my time at home with the baby.
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    I worked up until the week DS arrived (last day was on a Tuesday - had DS on Saturday).  I went into labor Wednesday morning and stayed that way for 3 days - definitely didn't feel like laboring at the office.  :)  I had planned on working up until he arrived so I had as much time as possible with him.

    Mine is also a desk job, I had a light work load by that point, was uncomfortable but not too bad - just got annoying having to use the bathroom every hour. I used PTB for those 3 days before he arrived so that my leave wouldn't officially start until the following Monday - 2 days after he had arrived. 

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  • I worked until delivery for all of my kids.  I have a desk job now and at the end it got brutal, however I don't know how much more "comfortable" I would have been at home, because weekends were just as crappy as work days!  I wanted to save all of my leave for after baby arrived, and if I went out early, and ended up delivering late, I would have wasted a ton of my leave.
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  • I had planned to work until delivery but I was so uncomfortable, having so many contractions, and dealing with a physically demanding commute that I went out on Short Term Disability two weeks early. It didn't make any difference to my postdelivery leave.
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  • I don't know why people with desk jobs.want to take off work before delivery and burn up leave time! I worked up until the night I was induced (6 days after my due date), and then the day before my scheduled c section  the second time.

    yes it is uncomfortable, but if you have a desk job, you'll either be sitting at work or sitting at home ;) 

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    I did it. We ended my obligations two weeks before my due date and I was just a filler until I went into the hospital. As long as you're physically comfortable enough for your liking, I see no reason to go out early if you don't want to. :)
  • I worked until I delivered, 5 days after my due date. The last few days were rough, but I wanted that time at home after Ds came.
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  • I was even working during early labor so, yes, I'd say I worked up till the end!

    The sanity saving thing was the ability to work from home during the last week or so. I was definitely more comfortable there plus no commute on public transportation.

    As annoying as it was to work at 40 weeks pregnant, it was better than having nothing to do but overanalyze every twinge.
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    I worked up until delivery I worked Monday my water broke that night and I delivered Tuesday.. It was fine..

    This. Except I started having contractions at lunch on Monday and then I went home after work and rested.  My water never broke.  I wouldn't do it differently. 

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  • Personally I found it doable but obviously everyone's situation is different so you really have to play it by ear.  With DS1 I worked the Friday before going in to be induced the following Monday night at close to 42 weeks.  This time I worked Friday and had Monday and Tuesday off because I knew he was coming on Wednesday due to a RCS.
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    I don't know why people with desk jobs.want to take off work before delivery and burn up leave time! I worked up until the night I was induced 6 days after my due date, and then the day before my scheduled c section nbsp;the second time.yes it is uncomfortable, but if you have a desk job, you'll either be sitting at work or sitting at home ;nbsp;

    I totally agree! I had a csection at 41 weeks and I worked until the day before. It was funny when people asked when my due date was and I told them it had already passed.
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    I don't know why people with desk jolarge want to take off work before delivery and burn up leave time! I worked up until the night I was induced 6 days after my due date, and then the day before my scheduled c section nbsp;the second time.yes it is uncomfortable, but if you have a desk job, you'll either be sitting at work or sitting at home ;nbsp;


    I thought the same thing, until I was in this situation. I work a desk job, but I managed a large team in a high stress environment. I was so miserable I went out on my due date because the stress was causing painful contractions. DD wasn't born for 9 days, so I "lost" that time with her but I wouldn't change a thing because I went into birth much more relaxed. Do what feels right for you and your baby.
  • I worked until 3 days after my due date and decided to go on maternity leave then.  I was fine physically, but I was mentally done.  DS ended up being born almost a week later.
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  • Thanks all for your input. Makes me feel better to know that others have done this and didn't have any issues. I'm hoping my workload does taper off by the time I get closer to my due date, sounds like that was helpful to some.
  • I worked until the day I was induced. I didn't take an early leave, so I got to use it all to spend time with DD.

    Honestly, the last few weeks were not so bad. I was tired, but you're tired anyway at that point I think.
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  • Wednesday was my last day of work and my water broke on Thursday morning. It was my first day of maternity leave, 5 days before my due date. I was pretty uncomfortable by then, but it was manageable. Honestly, I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried!
     
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  • I worked up until 2 days after my due date--went into labor that evening.

    I would have been stir crazy at home and would have driven myself crazy without work to focus on.  I was uncomfortable at work, but I would have been uncomfortable anywhere at that point.  The worst part of working until the end is everyone asking you if/when you've had the baby constantly.

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  • As long as your job isn't two strenuous you will be fine. It is super uncomfortable but doable. I was the same and worked up until a week before my due date (I was granted two weeks before birth paid time off that didn't eat into maternity leave. Many of my friends have worked up until the day before, etc.


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    I worked until I was induced at 41 weeks.  I was able to leave early and take a few half days that last week, but it really was fine.  I just kept thinking that the more I work before delivery, the more time I can spend home with my LO on leave.

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    I worked until the day I was induced with DD1 (41w4d) and until the day I went into labor with DD2 (40w3d). I wouldn't leave early. I was fine.
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  • I worked until the day I went into labor.

    With my first, I worked a full week, then went into labor on a Sunday and had DS1 on Monday evening (41w1d).

    With my second, my water broke at 8pm on a Tuesday night after I'd worked all day without a clue that I was about to have my baby :). DS2 was born Wednesday morning. He was four days early.

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  • I worked until the day of delivery, but worked from home the from my expected due date until DS was born (he was a week late).  My office is 35 miles from the hospital (about 45-60 minute drive) and I was nervous about going into labor at work. I think my boss was nervous about that too, so he approved my request. It was a perfect situation because I did not have to start FMLA and wasn't stressed about being so far from the hospital.

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