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    Default First time mums - When did you stop full time work/cut back hours?

    At the time I was in hospitality (on my feet a lot) so worked up until 35 weeks, bub didn't come along until 7 weeks later so I regretted starting maternity leave so early because it was quite boring!

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    I planned to stop work the Friday after I hit 34 weeks so I would've been 34+3 when I stopped. That all went awry because I was admitted to hospital after a routine OB appointment at 33+2 and gave birth at 34 weeks on the dot!

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    I had difficulty sleeping during my pregnancy so had a few sick days as a result.

    From 32 weeks I used one day of Annual Leave per week to cut me down to 4 days.

    I then started mat leave at 36+1

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    I worked fulltime until 35 + 2 weeks intending on having around 4 weeks off but bub decided to arrive 10 days later at 36 + 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue View Post
    Reducing your hours won't have any impact on the government PPL. Listen to your body and do what's right for you. Could you do one day a week from home? Is that possible in your type of work?
    I couldn't work from home but I'm thinking I'll drop back to 4 days around 30+ weeks. My work is lovely and happy to do whatever I want - thank goodness! Great news re PPL.

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    I would recommend working full time as long as possible. I think without having any babies to look after at home there's no reason to be at home. Plenty of time to rest once mat leave starts. I got bored waiting for Bub to come once in mat leave and I finished at 37 weeks.

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    I had a straight forward pregnancy (except for gestational diabetes which was mostly diet controlled so no real issue there - very lucky!) I worked full time until 34 weeks then I started my mat leave. I really wanted a break and hated my job so at 34 weeks I took 3 weeks of annual leave then started mat leave which is 14 weeks fully paid.
    I've just started back when DS was 10 months 24 hours a week.

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    I commuted 2 hours on public transport in each direction each day when i was pregnant with my first child. i was in a job where I accrued RDO's, so from 26 weeks I took an RDO each week reducing my working days to 4 days per week, and I went on Maternity Leave at 35 weeks. I must confess that I loved the almost 5 weeks I had a home before DD was born. It was winter, I lounged around in my pj's watching TV, I met friends for lunch/coffee etc, it was just a really nice stress free relaxing time.

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    I had to stop work at 34 weeks due to working as a nurse but I was really sick the entire pregnancy and had so much time off throughout it so I went off at 33 weeks with a sick certificate for the last week. I worked full time hrs with a day off every fortnight or so.

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    I worked full time until I had him at 36 weeks.

    I had planned to finish work that week and then have 4 weeks off before he came but DS had other ideas.

    Because of that I've realised I don't need that time off beforehand and will probably only take 1 week off this time (or work right up until if he decides to come early). I work in an office hob though so am not stressed/run off my feet.

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