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09/09/2013 at 14:58
I'm debating when to leave work. I'm currently thinking Christmas I will be 33 weeks
What did you do and what are your thoughts?
09/09/2013 at 15:04
To my knowledge I don't get any benefits over Stat minimum so I would look to work as late as possible. Yuck! At least my job isn't the least bit physically demanding though. :)
09/09/2013 at 15:06
I finished up just before 37 weeks this time which felt about right. It depends on how physical / stressful your job is, the commute etc. by the end I was off the road working from home so it wasn't too bad. Bear in mind you could go 2 weeks overdue so could have 2 months at home before baby arrives. It gets boring! Plus I preferred to use maternity leave for when baby arrived than before
09/09/2013 at 15:19
i was an a&e nurse, i was on my feet all the time. i worked till 34 weeks with L and took 2 weeks al and then started ml at 36
with isaac i worked till 35+ something and then 3 weeks al and then started ml at 37 something but with isaac i was seeing all my own patient and sitting for a good bit of the day so whilst i was still wheeling trolleys and transferring etc it wasnt as physically demandinga s 3 years before with L where i was on my feet 14 hours a day
09/09/2013 at 15:22
I work in an office, a 45 minute easy commute by air con train. First time I finished at 36 weeks, was going to be 37 but royal wedding bank hols meant it was only 1 day holiday to start earlier. This time I finished at 38 weeks, I only do 3 days per week now if that makes any difference. Text book pregnancies both times, felt fine to carry on longer both times.
09/09/2013 at 15:31
I'm thinking about 36 weeks, all being well. Unless I feel rubbish before then.
09/09/2013 at 15:36
Im also an a and e nurse doing 13 hour days, I finished at 35 weeks with 4 weeks holiday. Started mat leave at 39 weeks, im now 12 days oV
erdue so I will have had nearly 7 weeks off before baby arrives and its dragged. If I hadnt had so much holiday I would have stayed later as its a long time to have off with no baby
09/09/2013 at 15:41
I want to hang on for as long as possible, so I get the most time with baby. Hoping for 36/37 weeks. My work policy (not sure if its normal/standard) is that they can force you onto maternity leave if you take any pregnancy related sick leave within 6 weeks of your due date, so it could be as early as 34 depending on how I’m coping with my job at that stage.
09/09/2013 at 15:48
my plan is to take leave week 38 and officially start mat leave week 39.
we have a big event at work during week 37 that i have to be at! hopefully just sat on my bum!
I work 3 days a week so im hoping this will help with exhaustion levels! I want some time to unwide before baby arrives but I don't want to get bord!
09/09/2013 at 15:49
I am finishing at 36 weeks (in 4 weeks time) 2 weeks of hols then mat leave starts. I cannot bl**dy wait!!!!!!!!!
09/09/2013 at 15:58
I'd like to maximise the time with the baby as well so will aim for 38 weeks ish. I have a friend on mat leave and her baby is far later than expected - she's going totally off her nut waiting about. In fact she said today that she is officially sick of tea, cake and lunches! Lol!
09/09/2013 at 15:59
Thanks ladies that's really helped. Think I will try hold out as long as possible x
09/09/2013 at 16:44
I'm finishing at 36 weeks too. Using 2 weeks A/L and then ML starts at 38 weeks. I wanted to work as late as possible because I wanted more time off with baby afterwards and also to keep getting my regular salary for as long up until due date as possible. I don't have a physically demanding job or long commute though.
09/09/2013 at 17:00
This sounds a dumb question.... I was off sick for months when I was pregnant first time, so never had to worry about going off on maternity leave. For those of you who are happy to keep working and want more time off before than after... is there any reason why you aren't working later? It looks like some of you, depending on actual delivery dates, could be at home for weeks and weeks waiting. I just wondered, purely because I am desperate to work as late as possible.
09/09/2013 at 18:48
I was signed off at about 30 weeks with A due to SPD. I had a few days holidays to use then mat leave kicked in at 36 weeks.
With L I worked until 37+ something. I was a lab technologist, 12.5 hr nightshirts but felt fine and being at work was easier that running after a toddler all day!
This time I'm self employed so will NEED to work literally until I give birth lol
09/09/2013 at 18:56
I finished at 34 weeks was ready at the time in hindsight perhaps a bit early as I went overdue but it was good timing leaving on 1st April tax year and money wise.
Hey I would if I were you try and work as long as possible so you get lots of time with baby after. I however took this to the extreme last time working until 39+5 lol x suited me but not for everyone x
09/09/2013 at 19:25
I can't remember with my first but probably about a month before due, I was on my feet all day and was ready, i returnned when my maternity ran out. With my second i left as early as i could, I didn't overly enjoy my job at the time and I knew I wasn't returning after so it made no difference to me to wait. I started another job when my maternity ran out. With my third I worked until 2 weeks before my section date I was planning to work for an extra week but had no work on, I'm self employed so wanted to take the time after with baby as I worried people wouldn't wait too long for me to return. I planned 6 weeks off but took 8 weeks in the end. Looking back I wish I took longer off the third time.
09/09/2013 at 19:32
So think I'm going to leave at 36 wks, I have one week leave to take so officially mat leave will start at 37 wks, wanted to not go back after Christmas but will only be few wks.......that's the plan anyway xxx
I was supposed to be leaving at 38 week but ended up finishing at 37 weeks as was really swollen and was struggling.
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