working up tell babys born

Mary K - posted on 08/01/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Is it OK to work all the way up to your do date or should I stop a month before?

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Leslie - posted on 08/01/2013

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I didn't work, but I had gone to school up until the end of the sememter (December 14th) and my baby was born on December 28th. I don't regret that I went to school and I got alot of credits out of the way and I had things to do besides sit and wait. Also I had to walk across campus to and from my car, which took about 10-15 minutes, so I got at least a little exercise and was outside at least a little bit every day. A difficult part was I didn't get to rest when I was tired and some nights I had to stay up late to finish a project or homework. This didn't really start to get to me until eight months along.

The hardest part I believe was once I ended the semester then I felt like I hadn't prepared enough for my baby so we spent the next two weeks craming all the baby (and Christmas stuff) in. I agree with both other posts though, if its a job you just cant do or if the doc has put you on restrictions follow those!

Sarah - posted on 08/01/2013

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As long as your doc has not put you on restrictions you can. With all of my kids I worked all the way up until I went into labor. If you don't have a desk job it is actually nice because it keeps you in shape and flexible for when labor does come.

Chet - posted on 08/01/2013

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It depends on what you do at work, and how you feel. There are jobs that you just can't do when you're eight or nine months pregnant, and sometimes you just don't feel well enough to work or you want to have some time before the baby to rest and get organized.

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Most women are perfectly fine working up until they go into labor, but check with your doctor just to be sure. If he or she recommends taking the time off, definitely take that advice over ours!
I worked until the day I went into labor. I owned two small businesses run out of the same office--one web based, one manufacturing. I did spend a good deal of time at a desk, but usually 4 to 6 hours each day on my feet supervising, helping out, and training my new managers who were going to manage for me while I took maternity leave. I liked working, I loved my job and I felt like the physical activity and purpose each day helped alleviate my anticipation and keep my body healthy. My labor was VERY easy, and my doctors all believe it was because my body was in shape.

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