I finished work at 30 weeks with number 1.
It was amazing, I had time to myself but I wasn't so far along that it was uncomfortable and I couldn't do anything..
I'm not working now, I haven't been back and DD is 13 months but I'm pregnant with number 2.
No maternity leave from mummy duties haha
Finishing work at 30 weeks sounds amazing monkey mumma! I think it's that time to myself I'm looking forward to before the next babe.
It was definitely a good move on my behalf! I don't regret having all that time off. In fact it was great!
With DS I was on a teaching contract and the term finished when I was 32 weeks. DS was nearly 2 weeks late so it was nearly a 10 week wait. I am not a patient person! For me that was way too long. I did have an easy pregnancy though, and my job was not physical.
This time I'm looking at around 36 weeks. I don't expect this one will be early given the last one was so late but could surprise me. It's about balancing time with income and my level of patience.
The biggest consideration for me in starting maternity leave is that I worry I won't have enough after bub is here. That's why I take the bare minimum before bub is here.
I worked till 38 weeks with both girls and had planned CS at 39. So a week of rest before baby came. I was doing 12hour nightshifts on my feet right up until the end because it was easier than staying home with a toddler.
Plus I wanted the time with the baby. Everyone is nice to the heavily pregnant woman at work. No one has any sympathy for the mum whose been up all night with a baby.
37 weeks would have been ideal. I worked right up until I delivered which was hard going.
I tend to get health issues in pregnancy, still considered low risk pregnancies, but things like asthma, sciatica and quirky pregnancy caused issues. With my first I discussed with work at went at 28 weeks, this time my dr wanted me to finish work at 24 weeks. I was trying to decide while recovering from a uti, then had barely recovered when I then got a bug and had a sinus infection. Combined with constant exhaustion and migraines, I went on leave. I can say I'm definitely not getting bored
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