So, today I had a good conversation with my midwife about when I should stop working, but it's made me a little nervous!
I have had a rough couple weeks. I am not sleeping well at all, nothing is comfortable...my hips or arms end up numb and it wakes me up. Then I wake up to pee. Then I wake up because of heartburn! I'm miserable my joints are starting to hurt too, luckily I just saw my massage therapist and chiropractor, which helped...but I'll probably have to go back in a week or two, nothing takes the discomfort away entirely. Anyway, my job is also very intense, urgent deadlines every day, and just a lot of work. I am starting to feel very stressed even though I am already on modified duties.
My midwife suggested that I might not be able to make it all the way to late November like I was planning. She said I may need to go much earlier, and I could consider taking medical leave prior to my mat leave. I could get 8 weeks on top of my 52 weeks of maternity leave, and I think medical leave is paid the same at 55% of my average pay.
I feel guilty leaving so early though like I am failing or something, like I'm not able to handle it. I do feel grateful that I have the option, I know not everyone else is lucky enough to have paid leave, but I still feel bad for some reason!
What is everyone else doing? Is everyone feeling okay, or anyone else considering taking off early?