When do u plan to stop working??

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Mom2D's picture
Joined: 09/24/07
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When do u plan to stop working??

My work has been asking when my last day will be but I haven't given official notice yet. I'm thinking I'll work until 37 weeks. I would like to have time to apply for employment insurance and get that organized before baby comes. Also the pain in my varicose veins is bad so it's hard to be on my feet for 12 hr shifts. I'm wondering when you all plan to finish, have you already given notice or do u work until you feel labor contractions??

Joined: 10/02/11
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My boss keeps asking when my last day is and I keep telling him I don't know. I don't WANT to work (if you'll look at April, I posted something today that shows just how crappy I feel at work), but I can't get short term disability unless something wrong. And nothing is wrong (not yet anyway.) So I have to work up until labor, which I was FINE with. But the closer I get, the more I think that's just complete crap to have to work that far into pregnancy JUST to be able to pull in a little money while I'm out. I posted on FB that rule must have been written by a male that doesn't know how hard it gets to just "move" at the end. So anyway, I'm really wishing she comes soon because I don't want to get in trouble at work for going home early or whatnot.

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Joined: 02/14/05
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My job is really flexible as I work from home AND I sit all day long. If my midwife says I need to stop working, I will, but chances of that are slim. I'll probably work until baby makes his/her appearance. I don't like using up too much of my maternity leave ahead of time!

With DD I had a desk job but didn't work at home. She was born by scheduled c-section so I quit working something like 3 days before she was born.

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In the US you basically HAVE to work unless you have a medical reason not to.. ie. bed rest etc. You can't just take off because you don't want to work if you have insurance companies (STD or even some medical insurance companies!) who have to pay something while you're off to continue your benefits. It sucks but it's the way it is Sad

Unfortunately, I have to work until my Dr. says bed rest, c-section or this little guy starts up some serious labor.

Heatherbella's picture
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That sucks Adriana! Sad The US needs to figure out a better maternity leave system. Sad

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I'm in the same boat as Adriana. However, I have 3 vacation days remaining from last year. So if I go past my due date, I plan to stop working at 41 weeks 3 days and take those vacation days. I will also be using at least 1 week of this years vacation time to help finance my maternity leave, since I don't get paid for any of the 12 weeks. I sort of want to keep my other week of vacation time in case the baby gets sick. I only get 3 sick days a year and I already used 2 of those. Bummer.

My work is flexible though and allows me to take a day off if I come in on the weekend. But I'm not going to want to do that when the baby is here.

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this weekend was my last weekend to work!!! I'm a nurse and walk a TON, by the end of last night 12 hour shift my inner upper thighs hurt so bad and I could barely move. I have cankles all the time... I'm on an "on call basis" but its on my terms if I want to go in or not..I wanted to keep working for a bit more but I just couldn't. 3rd shift is too hard, working all night and then having to be up all day w/ 3 kids until dh gets home is getting harder and harder Sad

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Joined: 09/24/07
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I can't imagine working right until the end! I'm also a nurse & do 12hr shifts so i can totally relate to the upper thigh/groin pain. I guess I'm fortunate I only have one to worry abt at home but he's 6 and very independent!
I've decided to stop the end of April @ 37weeks because I need a little bit of time to clean the house & set up stuff before LO comes and I have to consider LO could come a little early.
If I lived in the states I'd seriously be writing letters to congress to try and do something about the mat leave situation. In a developed country why are people not entitled to basic benefits.

Joined: 03/14/13
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Thanks for the great advice ladies!

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I'm working until the last possible minute. With DS1, I took off 10 days before he came because it got too painful to stand all day, but I only get 12 weeks off total, and then at the end I was sad that I didn't have those 10 days with him. With DS2, I worked until 10pm the night before he was born, and wouldn't have done it any other way. I got to spend every day of my maternity leave with him, and it was just what I needed. This time, I'm just trying to keep up the steam... I had a 14-hour day on my feet on Monday. It got painful, but thankfully I only have one more 14-hour day scheduled at around 36 weeks, and I will not schedule anymore. All of my other shifts are 8 hours, which is much more doable.

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Joined: 07/09/10
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Last time I worked right up until and into labor - water broke at work! I plan to do the same this time. I don't want to waste any of my time off before the baby is here - I need every minute once she's here. Hoping she stays put a little longer than her sister did (37 weeks, 6 days) since I think DD could have used some more baking time.

Last time I planned 6 weeks maternity leave (didn't have FMLA, paid time, or anything that time), but had to stay out for 8 weeks because we were NOT doing well with nursing or anything at 6 weeks (DD wasn't gaining weight, etc) - I was sleeping maybe 1-2 hours every 24 hour period and I would have been unsafe at work.

This time I am planning at least 8 weeks maternity leave (up to 12), do have FMLA, STD (only pays after 4 weeks and up to 6 weeks for uncomplicated delivery - so, only 2 weeks!), and have saved up some paid time off.

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Callie - Funny, Calvin was born at 37+5 and I thought he needed more baking time also. He felt like a preemie compared to Sean who was born at 40+5. Only perk was it was a heck of a lot easier to push out a 6.5lb baby than an 8.5lb baby, hahaha.