We are in the midst of trying to figure this out. With my high BP I can be put on bedrest at anytime, like with DD. I was on bedrest at 30 weeks. If that happens I'm totally screwed! IF ALL goes well, I will use up all my sick days until the end of the school year, then I'm luck to have the summer off, then in September I get 6 weeks paid leave. I may take an additonal couple of months unpaid leave then go back in December.
DD Emily 2/10/05
TTC since Dec. 2009
*IVF #1: Failed early MC*
*IVF #2: Baby Cecilia born at 22 weeks.
I agree with the other ladies that if you don't have time before already worked into your program, then I would spend as much time as you can AFTER the baby is born, unless your job becomes too physically demanding. Our program has the two weeks before, but you can't transfer it to after the baby is born if you don't take it (believe me, I tried with T; he was born 3 weeks early so I missed out on those 2 weeks) so unless I don't have my replacement trained on time, there is no benefit to me to not take those weeks. But I worked up until I went into labor with T, and it really was fine since I sit down at a desk for the vast majority of the day. I'm sure it's different if you are on your feet all day.
I know I'd want to use as much time WITH baby, I guess just the thought of being able to take a week off - with no one at the house to bug me and get it all cleaned and ready....and OFF from work has me wanting to take off early.
My house is a wreck. Is anyone "nesting" yet? I don't think that's gonna hit me at all, I'm so friggin lazy LOL
Thats a hard one to decide.. You could be one to go into labor sooner than your EDD, or you could be one to go until your 42weeks(eek!). If you take off too early you will get very bored just waiting I would imagine. I know I do! Since im a sahm and having a c-section I will know when baby will arrive given he doesnt decide to send me into labor early. It wouldnt hurt to ask your widwife and see what she suggests.