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sleepy33:For me, it will be when I go into labor. I am not giving up any of my vacation/sick days prior to birth if I can help it.
This. I want to get paid for as much of my FML time as I can.
smjmlove:I am working right on up till I go in labor and I actually hope I go into labor at work if it happens on a week day since I work inside my doctors office
Same here - I work in the hospital I'm delivering at, so it might actually be more convenient to go into labor at work - go figure, right?!
Dreams really do come true!
I stopped working with DD1 in mid-October because of severe carpal tunnel and I was due Dec. 2nd.. My hands would be almost numb and since I taught it was awful. I could barely hold a pen by then end of the day and grading papers was bad. I had the worse time just flipping through a stack of papers. I did go on disability so it was a different situation.
If I was working while pregnant with DD2 I would have gone to the very end. I felt great with her and loved being active while I was pregnant Which was good since I had to keep up with an 18 month old.
This pregnancy I am SAHM. But I would try a week or two if you have the time. If not just go to the end. It is no big deal if you are feeling good.
My point is you are the best to judge when you should leave your job. But taking a couple weeks off, a month, or no time before baby is definitely in the range of normal.
This . . . unless the doc says otherwise, I'll wait for labor.
Also plan to work until I'm in active labor. I also have a desk job AND I can work from home, so I really don't need to stop work until the baby comes. With DD, I submitted my final copy of my dissertation a few hours before my water broke and I was gchatting in the hospital. This time, I'm hoping to delay going to the hospital until active labor so work could be a good distraction from early labor.
I'll probably stop going in to the office 2 weeks before my due date - or at least I won't go in very often. It's a 35 minute drive over a bridge and I would feel so weird having to ask a co-worker for a ride to the hospital.
I work retail and it's starting to really take its toll on my body. I don't have any benefits so I can pretty much "say when" whenever I want. I will probably work until the beginning of September.
With DD1 I was a daycare teacher, working 50hrs+ a week. I worked until the day I delivered her. I honestly don't know how I did it. I was very committed to my school, and especially my children (I had 13 6w-6mo old babies) so I guess that's what kept me going.
bfp: 09.22.10 m/c 11.05.10 @ 10w5d
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