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Old 03-20-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
 
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Just wondering. I have my c-section planned for next week, and I am starting to feel incredibly crappy lately. I was thinking of going ahead and starting my maternity leave at work. I was planning on working up until the day of my c-section, but that's not viable at this point.

Am I being a wuss? How long did you work while you were pregnant?
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:19 AM   #2
 
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I only worked part time then and worked until about two hours before my water broke but I was weird. I was fully planning to not leave my house the last 4 weeks before my due date but that didn't work.

If you are uncomfortable, go ahead and take this last week off to put your feet up. Most women I know take a few days before the birth. You aren't a wussy if you do so.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:28 AM   #3
 
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i quit a crappy job at my husband's insistence during our first pregnancy, so i was at home from my 3rd month on.

i think my HUGENESS with my second pregnancy caused more uneasiness with others than it did for me. my supervisor started suggesting to me in my 8th month that i could take off whenever i felt like it. and the people at the front desk commented each day that i made them hurt just looking at me.

i assured my boss that the morning that i awoke not feeling like coming in would be the day that i'd start my leave. i worked right up to the end. my last day was on a friday. our daughter was born the following wednesday.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:44 AM   #4
 
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With my first pregnancy I worked until he was born. I was uncomfortable, but I was also collosally bored, and I just didn't want to be at home.

I worked part time the second time I was pregnant, and I pretty much didn't work the week before she was born. I was too tired and cranky. If I ahd had the option, I would have taken the entire last month of my second pregnancy.

You're not being a wuss. If you want to stop working and it's an option, go for it.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:50 AM   #5
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I'm working up to a week before drop date.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:54 AM   #6
 
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I worked up until two weeks before my c-section. I planned to work up until my c-section but my job gives you two weeks prior take it or leave it before the baby is born. It's part of your maternity leave so I took it.

In reality ...my work had really started to lag about two weeks before this because I was so uncomfortable. Kudos to all the mom's who work up until their child was born. I don't think I would have made it.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:05 AM   #7
 
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I stopped a week before my official due date, and had the baby 2 days later. I did work from home a bunch during the last few months.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:06 AM   #8
 
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I'm not sure what everybody else does for work, but my job wasn't a desk job or I probably wouldn't have made it to my due date. I found sitting at my desk to do paperwork to be nearly impossible-if I sat on a chair for too long, my lower back wpuld really ache. I was on the floor with kids most of the day, and my workplace was casual enough that I could stretch during meetings, sit on the floor to do observations, etc.
The second time around I was doing home based therapy and again, spent much of my day on the floor.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:37 AM   #9
 
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With my first I worked as a Teller Suprivisor at a retail bank, so I stayed on my feet all day, and I worked 40 - 45 hours a week. I was due on August 21st, and I started my leave at the beginning of August. I just couldn't take being on my feet all day, and my legs were so swollen it was painful.

I just couldn't stick it out that last month.
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:43 PM   #10
 
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I was getting laid off - our whole department was closing so me and another guy in my department alternated days for my last month as there was hardly any work to do. I was only going in 2-3 days a week so it worked out really well.

If I was not being laid off though, I would have had to stop at about 7 months because I was going to the doctor two or three times a week and I would have had to use vacation time so it would have been easier for me to just go on disability. My high blood pressure specialist actually told me I should stop working, but she said okay to two days a week.

My last day was about 4 weeks before my due date, but I ended up having the baby the day after I left.
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:30 PM   #11
 
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I worked until the last week of my pregnancy (projected due date). Then I went almost two weeks overdue. I was getting antsy to say the least.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:31 PM   #12
 
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I worked til 4 weeks before my due date with my first 2 babies, but that was back in the days when employers paid full disability benefits from 36 weeks til 8 weeks after delivery. Now a lot of employers no longer do that and make the woman use sick days. With my 3rd baby, I worked right up til the day before delivery, 40 weeks, and I was working as a nurse in a very busy clinic then, on my feet the whole time, and it was really hard to get through those final days. I wasn't working when I had my 4th baby. That was nice.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:23 PM   #13
 
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Poopsie, I can't believe how close our dates are! I stopped working last Friday, which gives me 3 weeks until my DD if I am lucky, but it's looking like I may go sooner, so I am glad I have taken this time off.

You are having a baby next week, I say take acouple days for yourself if you are feeling crappy, which I completely understand!

Good luck!
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:48 AM   #14
 
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i worked until the day before he was born. they did layoffs in my office on wednesday, so i had some really good contractions that day, lost my plug and dialated to 5. hahaha
i worked on thursday, and then had owen on friday.

i was going to try to work until 5pm the day after he was due, because i had to hit my 3 year anniversary for me to get 90% pay while on leave....unfortunately, those layoffs made things go a few days earlier then planned, so i had to take the 75% and be thankful i still had a job! hahaha
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:13 AM   #15
 
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i had a desk job (actually the job that i have now ). whenever i got uncomfortable, i'd get up and walk around the building. 2:30 was the witching hour for me in that i was either going to be famished at that time, sleepy at that time, or physically uncomfortable at that time. and on the rare occasion, i was all three at once! but i was a trooper. my colleague in the office next to mine admitted that she often forgot that i was pregnant because i was so quiet. (i never understood that. did she expect to hear wild kingdom grunts and snorts?)
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Default Re: How long did you work while pregnant?

I worked all the way up to delivery. I went into labor on Saturday and I worked that previous day on Friday.

It just depends how you feel. Now I am 5 years older and my physician is more than prepared to take me out at 37 weeks but I want that 2 weeks with my new baby.

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Just wondering. I have my c-section planned for next week, and I am starting to feel incredibly crappy lately. I was thinking of going ahead and starting my maternity leave at work. I was planning on working up until the day of my c-section, but that's not viable at this point.

Am I being a wuss? How long did you work while you were pregnant?
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:52 AM   #17
 
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With #1 I worked up until 4 weeks befroe ym due date, then he was almost 2 weeks late, so I had 6 weeks off before he was born.

#2, schedule c-section and worked up until two weeks before the surgery.
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Did you have 12 weeks off or longer?


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With #1 I worked up until 4 weeks befroe ym due date, then he was almost 2 weeks late, so I had 6 weeks off before he was born.

#2, schedule c-section and worked up until two weeks before the surgery.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:20 PM   #19
 
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It might be nicer to others if you take some time off! My mother worked, at her job right across from a hospital, until she was a week overdue when her boss was like GOOD LORD, PLEASE TAKE YOUR MATERNITY LEAVE!
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It might be nicer to others if you take some time off! My mother worked, at her job right across from a hospital, until she was a week overdue when her boss was like GOOD LORD, PLEASE TAKE YOUR MATERNITY LEAVE!
F--- others. Seriously. If you are feeling OK to work and you feel like working then it is your legal right to work. If it makes other people uncomfortable, that is their damn issue.

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