I am planning to work up to my due date as my paid maternity leave is only 8 weeks long ( would rather take the time when baby is here !)
My work has no issue with it as there is no major risk in my position (apart from the daily commute)
My distant memories of my first two pregnancies are that I felt pretty good right up to the day I gave birth and would have had no major issues. The issue this time is that I am 7.5 years older & I'm not sure my body will hold out so well !!
What was it like for you if you worked up to your due date? & would you do it again?
Is any one else planning to do the same?
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02-02-2012 21:07 #1
Has anyone worked up to their due date?
02-02-2012 21:15 #2
I did with my first, and planned on it this time but my body is already protesting at 34wks so I am thinking of stopping at 37 which is a few days short of two weeks before I am having bub - I think this time I need a break and my job is really stressful plus I have a toddler. I think you just need to play it by ear and see how you feel.
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02-02-2012 21:15 #3
I am working to 38 weeks... What about the 18 weeks paid maternity leave from gov? Are you entitled to that, that way you can leave a bit earlier?
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02-02-2012 21:16 #4Senior Member
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I worked to 38 weeks last time, but am aiming for 40 weeks this time, as I will only have my annual leave and the PPL.
I remember being pretty tired and grumpy by the end, but not in pain.
I find the worst time with pregnancy and work is morning sickness.
02-02-2012 21:18 #5Member
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I worked to 38weeks, I would have gone nuts at home. Our DS arrived a week later.
02-02-2012 21:21 #6Junior Member
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I had a friend who worked in a childcare centre and was still working on her due date (the final day of childcare for the year)! I am planning on working up until 38 or 39 weeks, depending on how I feel. Not sure if I need a certificate from my ob to work until 39 weeks though???
02-02-2012 21:25 #7
I made the mistake of finishing work at 36 wks with DD. She was 2 weeks overdue and I was freaking bored out of my brain. This time (I'm part time now too) I will work to 39 weeks hopefully.
I don't cope well with being home all the time.
02-02-2012 21:26 #8
Yes I think you do need a cert from your ob to keep working in certain fields.
02-02-2012 21:48 #9
This is baby number 1 and I've applied to start maternity leave at 39 weeks. I'm a nurse so on my feet a lot though...but I've got a few weeks of sick pay that I can take if I need to leave earlier. It'll be interesting to see how long I can keep working for! But I didn't want to start mat leave early and then sit around at home feeling fine- rather stay at home with baby a few more weeks
My little munchkin due May 2012! So to keep me busy till then, I'm learning how to use my iPhone.
02-02-2012 21:57 #10Senior Member
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first time was fine worked
2nd time complete opposite slept and felt sick was useless entire pregnancy
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