Who's still working and who stopped?

Jamie - posted on 05/16/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I have roughly a month left before the baby is due and I don't think I can handle working any longer. I was just wondering how long most others lasted. According to my mother, I'm stopping a bit early, but my job includes standing on my feet for the whole shift and I keep on getting sick while I'm at work. It's just getting too hard for me. What about you guys?

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Jamie - posted on 05/24/2010

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I think I'd wind up killing somebody if I worked the floor. lol. I do wear very comfy shoes (Vans, which are skater shoes). I always have water or ginger ale with me anymore, but I have to wear a very heavy uniform and I've tried talking to them about wearing something else, but they won't let me. I know it's mostly the heat that's making me sick (plus I think I also had some sort of bug as I've worked since and didn't have nearly as hard of a time). My doctor says I'm ready whenever for maternity leave, but I'm trying to hold out as long as possible. I guess we'll just see what happens. :)

Sarh - posted on 05/22/2010

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When I'm not on the sales floor at work I am also cashiering. Try to wear something that a lighter fabric you may be getting too hot and not even realizing it. Also drink lots of water! Work HAS to allow you to keep a bottle of water w/you! I was actually cashiering when I nearly passed out and work insisted on calling an ambulance. Cashiering is a very easy job, try working on the sales floor at a department store. lol.

Sarh - posted on 05/22/2010

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I am 37 weeks & 3 days! I am still working and picking up extra hours. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis (arthritis that affects my entire body). I also stand, walk, and bend constantly at work for the entire 8 hr shift. I plan on working until I have my son, there is no reason to be giving up. I also get sick at work, work had to call an ambulance on the 7th of May, due to me nearly passing out. My blood pressure is way out of wack and I also have been having irregular heart beats. I however am not going to quit work until I go into labor or the doctor tells me to. Baby is fine and healthy and so am I. Working is good for you don't quit. Buy different more comfy shoes, even if you do only have a month left, comfort is EVERYTHING! I find that DC's (skater shoes) are very comfy, they have extra cushioning in them. Good luck and don't stop working cause once you do, you will regret it.

Serene - posted on 05/21/2010

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I'm due June 12th and I go on Maternity Leave May 28th. I'm a teacher at a Preschool and I have great co-workers and a boss, I have been sent home early and there has been times where i have been told not to come in for work but to drop my 2 year old off with them. I have been relaxing. I'm going back to work August 9th. So I have an extended Maternity Leave... With my son i ended up leaving work 2 weeks before my Maternity date and ended up being 1 week late with him.

Angelique - posted on 05/21/2010

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I stopped at 36 weeks, my ankles were so swollen I was finding it hard to get my shoes on and walking was getting REALLY uncomfortable. I really wanted to work until 2 weeks before, but my hubby and the midwife convinced me that it was best for Teagan (my pink bump) that I stopped and took care of her.

Kalee - posted on 05/21/2010

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If you think that you'e ready to stop working, then by all means girl STOP! Your body knows what it can handle and what it can't. I just went on my maternity leave yesterday at 37 weeks and today was great! Not having the stress of the job on you is amazing. I too have a job that you stand the entire shift and I would get so hot and dizzy that I was making regular running trips to the restroom, which really looked terrible since I work in a deli. My boss did take it easy on me during the last few weeks, he allowed me to work in the office doing his paperwork to keep me off my feet. And this really helped him out until he could find someone to take my place in the front of the restuarant. Maybe you can talk to your boss to see if there is something else helpful that you can do if you want/need to keep working for a couple more weeks. But if you're anything like me, you don't want to go into labor at work! Good luck with it and enjoy your maternity leave! I know I am!

Jamie - posted on 05/20/2010

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Thanks. I have to talk to my manager about it. Seems my body is not giving me a choice in the matter anymore. I think I'll finish up this week, attempt next week if she really needs me to, and then I'm done until September. I want to take a few extra weeks off so I have the whole summer to get used to being a mom and spend time with my son. I'm staying with my mother for the next couple of months cause I have absolutely no clue what to do so she's gonna help me out (she's an incredible women) so I'm not really worried about money. :)

PETA - posted on 05/19/2010

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I'm in the same situation as you. I'm a Restaurant Manager,(20 weeks pregnate) which requires me to stand for 12hr shifts.By the time my week is over i sleep for my days off. Don't worry about any other women and how long they work for. Your body will tell you what you need to do. Standing for long periods while pregnate isn't good to start with. You are carrying extra weight, so taking it easy now is what you need to do. Take care and listen to your body.

Stefanie - posted on 05/18/2010

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im working until 6 weeks before my due date.. Id work longer but the job that I do I cant be gone at a moments notice because they have to hire someone to replace me.. so if for whatever reason i hadnt gone on maternity leave yet and went into labor early.. my company would be screwed.. considering Im the only person that knows how to do my job and I have to train my replacement..
Its totally up to you and what is best for you & what works for your job.. I could start my paid leave as early as 8 weeks before my due date but am going with 6.. that way even if hes born at 38 weeks.. which i think he will be because i knooow when i got pregnant.. my dr just goes off my last period :s I will still have a month before he comes to get everything ready..

Kirsty-Louise - posted on 05/18/2010

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i worked right up until i was 37 weeks and at the time i thought id worked too late into my pregnancy but i needed the money and now im off im glad i worked as late as i did cuase when your at home waiting on the little one time just drags, but everyones different and you've got to do whats best for you and your baby

Lauren - posted on 05/17/2010

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I plan to work all the way up until the birth of my son, I am a super restless person and I could never sit at home haha plus I am hoping the more I do the faster the baby will come at the end!! Although I do not have a standing job, so I would agree that if you can afford it just take some time off and relax! I couldn't imagine standing all day I would be sooo exhausted and I am only 31 weeks!

Delta - posted on 05/17/2010

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I will be 21 weeks tomorrow (May 18th) and I am still working. Kinda have now choice we need the small extra check that I make to try to make it by. I am going to continue to work till my DR tells me I can no longer work.

Heidi - posted on 05/17/2010

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My last day will be exactly 2 weeks before my due date. It's only part time but I am on my feet for 4-6 hours straight which really bothers my feet and my back. I wish I could leave a month earlier but unfortunately I can't afford it so hopefully if she decides to come early it wont be until after my last day lol

Miranda - posted on 05/17/2010

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my 1st pregnancy i stopped working on dec 15th to give myself a small rest before my baby was due but ended up giving birth on dec 19th. i was 39 weeks when i had him.

This time i own my own shop so i work 40-60 hours a week and expect to keep working till i give birth. I do plan on giving myself a few nights off starting in june because I will have hired enough people to cover some shifts for me but otherwise i'll be here everynight till the time comes...

Amy - posted on 05/17/2010

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If I was standing and on my feat I'd leave about a month before If we could afford it. I'll be working up to my due date this time again but I'm also at a desk job.

Thea - posted on 05/17/2010

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im 36 weeks and still working, my job involves me standing for my whole shift as well and it is by far no fun at all, i dont necessiarly get sick but i have some super swolen feet and i hate dealing with people because the majority of the time they are in-considerate assholes with rude comments but oh well, i would recomend tuffing it out for as long as possible because maternity leave is only 12 weeks long and you will want as much time with that baby as you can get. this is my first and i know that i dont want to go back until after my birthday at least. my last day is June 15th and my due date is the 18th so we will see what happens if i dont pop early everything will work out just fine goodluck :)

Sherrie - posted on 05/17/2010

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I am 36 weeks. I just stoped working beacause it was just too much for me. I was working full time. And I have kidney stones and hydroniphrosis due to the kidney stones. I dont wanna sit at home all the time but its whats best for the baby. I want her as healthy as she can be.

Faith - posted on 05/17/2010

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Am 27 week currently and planning to work till the last minute, am just hoping i will pull through with it since its the first!

Jessica - posted on 05/17/2010

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I stopped working really early, I was about 10 weeks because I had really bad morning sickness wich I still have at 35 weeks. But my job was just casual at maccas so it was easy to leave, also because I couldnt stand the smells there

Jamie - posted on 05/16/2010

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Yea, I'm not planning on going back to work before September if I can help it, but I'm just getting sick spinning around so much. I'm a cashier at a grocery store (such a great job *rolls eyes*) I have three directions I need to face at once. lol. I really don't want to quit working, cause I can really use the money so I don't have to go back before September, but I really doubt I can handle it anymore.

Jessica - posted on 05/16/2010

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I teach and plan on working up until my due date in September. I am looking forward to the summer off though and think it will be hard to go back to work for the month prior to having the baby. I want to take as much time off as I can when he is here though.

April - posted on 05/16/2010

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LOL... I totally understand that feeling. That's why I'm greatful to have such a good team of co-workers and they are more than willing and happy to help me move around and get the heavy stuff. They bring it to me. I don't know how exactly, but we always seem to make it happen at work. I'd say just have a talk with your co workers and see what ya'll can all work out.

Amanda - posted on 05/16/2010

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im 33 weeks and still working... however im on light duty im a CNA and there is TONS of heavy lifting and my back cant handle it anymore. I plan on working til my due date July 4th because we are going to need the money but if i could take leave early i would have haha :)

April - posted on 05/16/2010

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Well being High Risk myself, my doctor gives me a directive every two weeks dictating just how much I'm allowed to work. I usually work what I can. I plan to work right up to birth, just because we need all the money we can get. I think everyone is different and should do what's best for them and their families/babies.

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