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    IMO it's VERY different with a second babe, especially if you have a small age gap. My advice would be to finish work as early as possible. You will never regret spending those last few weeks with your older babe/s before the new little family member arrives. X

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    With my first I went at 34 weeks and didn't have DD til almost 2 weeks past EDD so I had nearly 2 months off without much to do - although DH and I were in the middle of renos so I was able to do bits and pieces and manage tradies etc during that time. I also had terrible pelvic instability so needed the rest.

    This time I worked (long hours and high pressure job) til week 36 and easily managed it, but had nowhere near the same issues this time round with pain etc so it was a lot better. DD is in kinder and has daycare so I've been able to rest a bit and get stuff organised no problem. In fact my biggest issue has been switching off from work and feeling like I wasn't ready to leave yet!

    It's a very individual thing, for me this time round I needed the mental stimulation and distraction (and socialisation) that work offers but I also needed to draw a line under it somewhere and get focussed on my family, my pregnancy and myself!

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    34 with my 1st. Was soooooooooooooo bored on leave. 37 weeks with this one.

    I still feel pretty good. If I just had to work and did not have to deal with work politics I woukd consider another week....

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    33 weeks with my first. I was in so much pain and incredibly swollen. My job was high energy, high stress and on my feet. Just couldn't do it anymore.

    This time around I'm planning on going to 38 weeks if possible, medically speaking.

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

    First one was booked for mat leave at 37 weeks which was pretty spot on as I only started feeling huge and crappy about 36 weeks so only had to stick it out for one more week and then bub came at 40+5 so had plenty of time off.

    Second one I had booked at 36 weeks but was forced on early leave at 31+5 due to problems associated with placenta prévia
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    First time booked for 34 weeks as per work but had been so sick and had complications got a medical certificate for 33 weeks. This time ive booked off for 32 weeks as again have complications and work is getting really hard and have unsupportive boss so leaving early so i can have a short rest.

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    With DS I didn't have mat leave as I was at uni, but was on teaching placement. I was planning on finishing at 38+3 but ended up having DS at 37+4, on the weekend!

    This time I was teaching and feeling great. I finished work at 36 weeks. The extra 2 weeks was a drag but I was physically well. I've noticed I've really slowed down since then. 39 weeks tomorrow and still waiting babies arrival. Going slightly crazy.

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    I started mat leave at 36 weeks with my first as I was sure he was coming early. He didn't. I think I left at about the right time because it was the middle of summer and it was nice to have some time at home to prepare.
    Next baby would be a planned c-section so I think I would just finish a couple of weeks early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fauvette View Post
    I started mat leave at 36 weeks with my first as I was sure he was coming early. He didn't. I think I left at about the right time because it was the middle of summer and it was nice to have some time at home to prepare.
    Next baby would be a planned c-section so I think I would just finish a couple of weeks early.
    I so thought DS would come early. I was feeling terrible... but nope! Seems like I feel like rubbish at 32-34ish pregnant and then I feel better lol.

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    I feel I started mine at exactly the right time at 36 weeks. was well and truly sick of work by then and it gave me a decent stretch of pre bub leave at home. I kept very busy in those 4 weeks, wish I'd rested a bit more in hindsight but 4 weeks was perfect. my ds was only 2 days early so not like the intended 4 weeks blew out to 5 or 6 weeks so I never had a chance to really get bored.


 

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