At the time I was in hospitality (on my feet a lot) so worked up until 35 weeks, bub didn't come along until 7 weeks later so I regretted starting maternity leave so early because it was quite boring!
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01-06-2015 22:55 #11
First time mums - When did you stop full time work/cut back hours?
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01-06-2015 23:26 #12
I planned to stop work the Friday after I hit 34 weeks so I would've been 34+3 when I stopped. That all went awry because I was admitted to hospital after a routine OB appointment at 33+2 and gave birth at 34 weeks on the dot!
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01-06-2015 23:40 #13Senior Member
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I had difficulty sleeping during my pregnancy so had a few sick days as a result.
From 32 weeks I used one day of Annual Leave per week to cut me down to 4 days.
I then started mat leave at 36+1
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02-06-2015 01:20 #14
I worked fulltime until 35 + 2 weeks intending on having around 4 weeks off but bub decided to arrive 10 days later at 36 + 5.
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02-06-2015 07:03 #16
I would recommend working full time as long as possible. I think without having any babies to look after at home there's no reason to be at home. Plenty of time to rest once mat leave starts. I got bored waiting for Bub to come once in mat leave and I finished at 37 weeks.
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02-06-2015 07:09 #17
I had a straight forward pregnancy (except for gestational diabetes which was mostly diet controlled so no real issue there - very lucky!) I worked full time until 34 weeks then I started my mat leave. I really wanted a break and hated my job so at 34 weeks I took 3 weeks of annual leave then started mat leave which is 14 weeks fully paid.
I've just started back when DS was 10 months 24 hours a week.
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02-06-2015 08:43 #18
I commuted 2 hours on public transport in each direction each day when i was pregnant with my first child. i was in a job where I accrued RDO's, so from 26 weeks I took an RDO each week reducing my working days to 4 days per week, and I went on Maternity Leave at 35 weeks. I must confess that I loved the almost 5 weeks I had a home before DD was born. It was winter, I lounged around in my pj's watching TV, I met friends for lunch/coffee etc, it was just a really nice stress free relaxing time.
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02-06-2015 09:47 #19
I had to stop work at 34 weeks due to working as a nurse but I was really sick the entire pregnancy and had so much time off throughout it so I went off at 33 weeks with a sick certificate for the last week. I worked full time hrs with a day off every fortnight or so.
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02-06-2015 09:53 #20
I worked full time until I had him at 36 weeks.
I had planned to finish work that week and then have 4 weeks off before he came but DS had other ideas.
Because of that I've realised I don't need that time off beforehand and will probably only take 1 week off this time (or work right up until if he decides to come early). I work in an office hob though so am not stressed/run off my feet.
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