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08/01/2018 at 13:48
Happy New Year!
im due on the 2nd of March and due to start my maternity leave on the 2nd of Feb, but today ive woken up and ive got that 'ive had enough' feeling and im really uncomfortable and so tired its unreal! Today was the first time ive thought of moving my leaving date forward?
has anybody done this/ when did you start yours? i don’t want people to think im being dramatic but im like a zombie!
Thanks in advance,
Ashleigh & Bump!
08/01/2018 at 14:00
I started my mat leave 6 weeks before baby was due (but baby was 10 days late!)
I used to have to walk across a really long bridge to get to my office, and i found myself walking across it one day, heavily pregnant, and just had to stop as I couldn't do it! I tried to go as long as could, as i wanted to take a full year off after the birth, so try and bear that in mind, that the longer you can cope with the working, the more time you'll have after the birth.
but yeah i totally hear you - you reach a point sometimes when it just feels impossible! It was the travelling that did me in, not the actual work!
08/01/2018 at 14:13
thank you so much for the reply!
The travel is the thing with me too, i have a 45 minute bus journey there & back and sitting there with not much room is starting to get a bit much( to a point where i get frustrated!) and because i have an office based job i feel like im travelling all that way just to sit there to just leave and sit on a bus all over again, i guess im getting a little bored too!
08/01/2018 at 14:17
I had to go on the tube to work, so even though i mostly got a seat, it was a 15 min walk either side which was the killer, but like i said, if you can stick it out, do, cause you'll really want that time on the other side once your baby is here. Also, find a boxset of something to watch - loved that during mat leave! Kept me busy!
09/01/2018 at 11:04
I drove to work and worked 12.5hr days. I managed til 38 weeks but I'd had enough by 36. You know your body and what you can manage. Listen to your body!
I was lucky in that I barely showed until I was about 32 weeks pregnant. Don't worry bout what anyone else thinks. Not their body, not their baby!
09/01/2018 at 13:18
You're so right about listening to your body! i dont know why im so worried about what people will say to be honest, i just think because ive always seen the 'norm' as leaving min 4 weeks before i felt a little silly! thank you for your reply!
09/01/2018 at 14:04
I finished 5 weeks before my first was due and 6 weeks before my second was due, but both times I used holidays, so first time I actually officially started Mat Leave at 37 weeks and the second time at 36 weeks.
I could have quite easily finished earlier though! Its a hard slog, especially when you are close to the end, someone else is doing your work and you are literally just turning up.
It is nice having a bit longer the other end of maternity leave, but if you are really struggling you do what it right for you, not anyone else!
09/01/2018 at 18:05
I'm due early July and I'm planning (fingers crossed) on working until my due date!
Only having 4-5months after so want to try and work for aslong as possible so I'll have more time when the baby arrives!
11/01/2018 at 10:01
I am due May 22nd and last shift is March 23rd. I am a community nurse so its hard going especially the driving and getting in and out of the car several times a shift
I wont officially start mat leave though until 37 weeks as using up annual leave first
11/01/2018 at 22:35
I'm due in 5 weeks and I finished yesterday...2 and a half weeks hol then mat leave starting at 38 weeks. I did have a day around 2 weeks ago where I really thought I couldn't do any more days, I felt so rubbish but then I felt better the day after and managed the next few weeks fine so I would give it a few more days at least incase this feeling just passes but if it doesn't then do what you need to do. It's not worth risking your health, happiness or even the baby coming early for the sake of a week or 2 holiday or sick pay if you can't bring mat leave forward.
16/01/2018 at 21:47
I worked until 37 weeks and the 3 weeks waiting felt so long lol but I was lucky and felt fine in myself so was able to carry on fine.
I think knowing the end is near makes it hard, just take it a day at a time and finish early if you need. Yours and baby’s health is more important!
18/01/2018 at 09:58
I was going to work till I dropped however at 34/35 weeks I had a feeling I couldn't last much longer so started having 4 day weeks and by end 37 weeks I'd had enough and took 2 weeks holiday before starting my mat leave the Sunday before my due date - my little one was 2 weeks over due! Once I left work tho I was mostly house bound due to high blood pressure and swelling which wasn't fun although I got to binge watch my TV programs! If there is a next time I think I'd go off earlier than 37 weeks to rest up.
03/02/2018 at 18:40
I was planning on working right up until a week or two before my due date (4th April), but I work for a high street baker and I just can't handle 10 hours a day on my feet anymore, so I'm biting the bullet and after next week I'm taking my final weeks holiday then starting maternity, putting me at 34 weeks.
03/02/2018 at 19:39
I worked until 37+3. I am office based so sat at my desk most the day but even at the end (I finished this Friday) it was hard going. Just getting up at 6am was hard going.. listen to your body if you feel like you can continue then do so but finish if you can't x
04/02/2018 at 16:39
My maternity leave started at 38 weeks but I took 2 weeks hol before so finished at 36 weeks, my job was quite full on, on my feet 100% of the day and busy so just felt too exhausted to go any longer. I had bad backache and pelvis pain and felt really tired but now iv finished I feel great.
06/02/2018 at 09:28
I work in a care home and I was huge with my first and my feet would swell up at the end of the day and my back would want to break it was very sore I went on maternity on the 20th March 2017 and my baby was due 25th April but was 3 days late so I was nearly 35 weeks when I went on maternity but my feet and back couldn’t take it any more so I had to go early I’m pregnant again and trying to go on maternity 2 weeks before due date as il get longer off xxx
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