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Maternity Leave

For those ladies who work outside of the home, when do you plan on going out on maternity leave?

People at my work keep asking me this...do people normally work as long as the doctor says it is ok? How does this work? If you decide to go out early, is it just vacation time that you need to take? Does taking time off before the baby comes shorten the time you can take after the baby is here?

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I made my last day February 17th, but now I'm a little worried, because I'm measuring 2 weeks ahead which would put me delivering like the 15th. But hopefully I'll make it. Everyone is different, some people like to take off a few weeks before delievery, and some work right until the big day. I'm one of those that works till the big day. i'd rather use my maternity leave after I have the baby so I have more time with him, but some people at my work think I'm crazy for working when I'm so big. I remember with my first I was 39 weeks and 3cm dialated and still showed up at work! People looked at me like the baby was going to fall out or something, but everything was ok. He was born the next day. :). Ha!

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Well first of all, where do you live, in the US or Canada?

In the US, if your company is larger than 50 people and you've been there 1 year or more, you are entitled to 12 weeks unpaid family leave. If you have vacation or sick time, it's up to your company if you can use it during that stretch. Also, you can receive a small disability check as well from your state for a few weeks in the US.

I am planning on working almost up to my due date, I don't want to waste time at home before the baby comes.

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i don't work now, but i did during my first pregnancy, and i worked until a week before my due date. since i worked in an ER, they needed to know when i would start my maternity leave so they could train/schedule my replacement (knowing it could be earlier if the baby was born early), so i couldn't just say "i'll work til i go into labor and then not show up that day." so i set it for when i was 39 weeks, and then DS was born at 39 weeks 2 days, so it was perfect! i wanted to have as many weeks at home after baby came as possible, but i figured even if i went til 41 weeks, i was only wasting 2 weeks at home without baby, and i could've used that time to "nest." Smile

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Dh and I are both planning on working Part time after baby is here. My job is really flexible in that I am able to bring baby to work once they are here Smile I am planning on working right up to the big day.

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I'm a SAHM mom now, but I worked when I was pregnant with DD. I worked retail, very long hours and standing on my feet all the time. So, I worked until I was 36 or 37 weeks until I physically just couldn't keep up anymore. I think it really depends on what type of job you have. Had I been working in an office or something, I probably would have worked right up until my due date. Any tme that you take before baby arrives reduces the amount of maternity leave you can take after. But, I do remember with DD that CA had some kind of extra family leave that I was eligible for soi wound up being off work from Sept 1st thru Jan 1st.

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The company I work for is less than 10 people, so I don't fall under the mandatory state guidelines for California. I plan to work as long as I can. My doctor said that most women that she sees at her practice work up until 36 weeks. That just isn't an option for me. Plus, sitting behind a desk isn't any different than sitting at home so I will probably be working up until the big day Smile

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I only work 2 nights a week as a nurse and I plan on working right up auntil he is born and then taking off as much time as physically possible Smile

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I live in Canada so things are a bit different but I have been off since October 31st due to complications with this pregnancy, I am currently on sick leave and will be on it until the day the twins are born. My maternity leave will begin the day they are born and continue for 52 weeks, I could potentially be off with pay for a total of 67 weeks as you are entitled to 15 weeks in sick benefits and 52 weeks maternity with pay.

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I wish the US would have a 52 week maternity leave!