Maternity leave??

Sammy - posted on 03/16/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I dont know if I should take a few weeks "me time" before baby is due...

Just wondering how much time (if any) you all took off before your baby was due??

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Sara - posted on 04/15/2009

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I didn't take any. I wanted to be able to spend all of the 3 months I got for maternity leave with my daughter, but that was my choice. Plus, it was upaid leave so I needed to work right up to the end to be able to afford to take 3 months off! i have a friend who took two weeks off before she was due and she said she thought that was too much time and the next time around she'll take a week at most. If you can afford it, take some time. I say catch up on your sleep while you can (if you can at 9 months pregnant!). Lounging in bed will soon be something you look back on with fondness. :)

Sammy - posted on 04/15/2009

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Thank you for all of your comments ladies, you all helped!

I have decided to take 1 month off before my due date!

Im having my babyshower the first weekend and then will use the rest of the time to relax and get all of the last minute things..thats if i dont go early!

=D

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2009

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I worked up until a month before my baby was born, my job took alot of of me, always on my feet and moving.  It was extremely nice to have that month off before baby was born. Gave me a chance to sleep and relax and get everyting ready for baby. I guess it also depends on how much leave you get, I got a year, so i still have until the end of april. You will want to spend as much time as you can with baby before you go back, but it is also a wonderful idea to take some time for yourself.

Stephanie - posted on 03/17/2009

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I worked up until 2 1/2 weeks before my due date just because I was 'done'. I was having a hard time with back pain and getting up & down all the time. My daughter ended up being 2 days early but I enjoyed the 'me time' before she came along. If you can afford it...go for it! You are going to need LOTS of rest before your little one comes along.

Heather - posted on 03/17/2009

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i worked right up to i went into labor with my first two and my last pregnancy was horrible. I had a threatened miscarriage, thank got i didn't lose him. And i hurt so bad and i took off about 6 weeks before my due date. I say that if you can afford it and not going to risk your job, go for it. I spent the whole time running back and forth from the doc because i went into preterm labor two times and i kept having contrations. i have fast labors so i went alot. i live an hour away from the hospital. good luck with your decision and only you know whats best for you.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/17/2009

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I worked up until 2 weeks before my due date, and had my son 9 days early...so I would definitly take some time off before. Besides you'll need your rest while you can get it!!

Christina - posted on 03/17/2009

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I worked on Thursday and had my baby on Friday! He came a month early, so i had no idea I would have him when I did. I was only getting 12 weeks total, including anytime before the baby, so I wanted to enjoy every possible second with him. If your work will allow you to take time off before the baby, I say...take it! It would have been nice to get things prepared and relax before you were going to be sleep deprived and run ragged.

Emily - posted on 03/17/2009

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I would say it depends on how much leave you get. I plan to take all 3 months I am entitled to under FMLA. Unfortunately, it is all unpaid so I plan on working up until I go into labor. I want as much time as possible with the baby!



With my last two children I had more flexibility as my husband was making a lot more money. I stopped working 2 weeks before each due date and each child was 2 weeks late so I got a whole month. It was great but I also took 2 year leaves of absences with each child. I can not afford to do that this time. Since I only get three unpaid months I am not using any of it. I even joked with my coworkers that I would finish the day up when I go into labor.

Julie - posted on 03/17/2009

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I only worked part time, so I worked right up until the Friday before my son was born (he was born on a Sunday). Of course, I might have taken a little time off before if he hadn't surprised everyone by coming a month early! I don't regret working up till the last though, because it meant I was able to take more time off afterwards to stay home with my baby.

Rebekah - posted on 03/17/2009

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I started my maternity leave 4 weeks before my due date, and I'm so glad that I did because it gave me time to nestle at home and just enjoy myself up to my due date.  But I returned work when my son was 8 weeks old.  You definitely need those 6 weeks of recovery, so if you can leave early, I'd recommend it, it helped me rest and just enjoy the pregnancy and not feel so stressed or overwhelmed.  Plus, you'll need all the rest you can get - giving birth is tiring and once baby is born, sleepless you will have for a little bit.  I was lucky, my son started sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old. :)

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I worked all the way to the day before my due date...only because I was up to it. I ended up being two weeks overdue, and it was great having that time to put my feet up, and sleep...boy did I sleep!!! I don't regret that time I had off because I haven't slept since. Take some time off and enjoy it!!! Babies are wonderful, but you won't sleep at the hospital because they check you every 5 minutes, and once you get home, baby is crying every 5 minutes.

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