At my work you have to start mat leave 6 weeks before the estimated date of delivery. If you want to work beyond that, you can, but you need a medical certificate.
At first I thought this was brilliant - I love the idea of having 6 weeks to finish getting everything organised, have a good rest, and mentally prepare myself for bubs. I've had severe nausea the whole pregnancy (currently 25 weeks) which is why I can't wait to finish up at work as it's been a real struggle for me to continue working.
However, I'm now wondering whether I will go a bit stir-crazy waiting for the birth for 6 whole weeks - particularly if he arrives late.
When are you starting your mat leave? Is 6 weeks the norm?
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 69
02-03-2013 20:50 #1Senior Member
- Join Date
- Oct 2012
How many weeks before the birth are you starting your maternity leave?
02-03-2013 21:00 #2Senior Member
- Join Date
- Nov 2011
I did 2 weeks with DD but will do 4 this time.
My work is the same as yours, 6 weeks normally but you can work later with a cert.
I won't lie... I was getting bored during my 2 weeks haha but, I was too exhausted at work and pretty useless so I so want to finish earlier this time.
02-03-2013 21:09 #3
I went on mat leave at 36wks with dd1... she arrived when I was 42wks pregnant. I was bored out of my mind and just ate way tooooooooooooo much.
DD2 - I went on mat leave at 38wks and she was born 39wks.
much preferred the second option - that way I didnt waste my maternity leave not having a baby to amuse me.
But I had boring uneventful pregnancies and other than a huge belly I had no other symptoms of pregnancy. So tiredness/exhaustion was not a motivator for starting maternity leave.
02-03-2013 22:42 #4
Last edited by Cinderella82; 10-08-2013 at 20:20.
03-03-2013 10:39 #5
I'm nor due for ages! Oct 16 however have been thinking about how much maternity leave and annual leave I can take. Don't want to be sitting at home too much before due date so at this stage thinking I will take three to four weeks off before due date. Though it obviously depends how I am traveling as it's my first pregnancy. though I agree I would rather keep as much leave as i could to spend time with bub.
03-03-2013 10:43 #6
My work is the same. Initially I had intended to work up til 37 weeks. But like you felt sick and pretty much struggled through pregnancy. By the time I reached 34 weeks I'd pretty much had enough and decided to finish early. I absolutely did not get bored and enjoyed being able to rest. The time went fast and I was induced at 39 weeks. Thought I might regret finishing earlier but I didn't. Loved it.
03-03-2013 10:46 #7
I was planning on working up to 4 weeks before but got put in hospital with 5 weeks to go. Wish I had finished 6 weeks prior, could have done stuff that needed to be done.
03-03-2013 10:55 #8
My plan is to work to 38 weeks. I think it will be a struggle but need the extra $$ and I get bored easily lol
03-03-2013 11:01 #9
As a teacher I legally have to leave 6 weeks before EDD.
03-03-2013 11:06 #10
By lizzymcfizzy in forum Maternity LeaveReplies: 22Last Post: 19-03-2013, 14:14
By quietlyhopeful in forum Pregnancy & Birth General ChatReplies: 8Last Post: 25-01-2013, 15:36
Hunter Women's Health CentreHunter Women’s Health Centre care for women of all ages, in the full spectrum of their gynaecologic and obstetric ...
LATESTWhy it is OK for your child to be differentWhat is a blessing way? How is it different to a baby shower?7 ways to break the ‘mumnotony’ at home
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Implantation sickness?Conception & Fertility General Chat
Trying from monthsNon-IVF fertility assistance
Married At First Sight 2017Movies / Music / Books / TV Chat
IVF babies due March/April/May 2017#2pregnancy and babies through IVF
The Not So Serious Vent Thread #7General Chat
April/May TTC group chatConception & Fertility General Chat