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    Default When do you wish you'd started maternity leave?

    I'd love to hear from mum's who have gone on maternity leave for baby number 2+ ... When do you wish you'd started maternity leave?

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    Went at 37 weeks. Had bub 39wks. Was very happy.

    This time I'm going on Mat leave at 38wks.

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    Went at 31 weeks wished I could've gone at 28 weeks 😏 I do shift work including nights though and I was really struggling.

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    First - 36 weeks. DS1 was born at 38, so it was great. Second - 35 weeks, DS2 was born at 38 but that extra week was perfect as it's much harder with a toddler! Third- I planned to finish at 34 weeks (I was tired!) but left earlier at 33 due to health reasons. DD born at 38, I did really enjoy the month at home but 34 weeks would have been better.

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    I went at 34 weeks for second pregnancy, DD was born just before 40w. I couldn't wait to start mat leave and 34w was the earliest I could start (workplace policy). It was so nice not having to try and pretend I cared about my job gave me plenty of time to get organised as I was working 4 days and utterly exhausted and didn't have anything ready before starting mat leave (not that u need to do as much the 2nd time round).

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    Worked until 39 weeks had Bub 40 weeks.

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    1st - I planned to go full time up to 37weeks but my dr ordered me to half days for the last week due to blood pressure & swelling/oedema. DD arrived at 40+3.

    2nd - I'm planning to start my leave at 36weeks (4weeks to go). Haven't had any issues so far (touch wood) so I might be ok to work later but will see how things go.

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    Such a variety of answers! I'm leaning towards earlier than 34 weeks myself. Which is easier when heavily pregnant - work or caring for a toddler?

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    I work right up by choice (3 days per week). Due to finish up at 38+5 this time round with baby #4

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    Working is easier for me.


 

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