So, I just got bummed reading my daily email from parents.com, where they say you 'may decide to go back to work after only 6 weeks'... it also says the Pregnancy Discrimination law allows for 2 weeks before as well... but everyone I know has returned to work at 6 weeks, or 8 after a C, never gone a full 12 weeks.
My doctor's office doesn't even sign off for more than 8 weeks leave without complications, and never to start leave before the due date (excluding complications).
With my STD, I count myself lucky to get 5 weeks at 60% pay. I don't have a job where I can negotiate extra time off, I'm the primary breadwinner at home so working is a must, telecommuting or flextime isn't allowed, and I have to return to the office the Monday after Christmas as I'll be induced 11-12-14.
I'm just 24 weeks pregnant and already depressed about returning to work and leaving my baby every day...
Really sorry about the length of this, I guess I partially needed to whine, partially see how any of you are coping with the oh so short time with your LOs.
Hugs, and happy pregnancies!