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When to start mat leave with twins(12 Posts)
I was wondering what the norm is for starting maternity leave with twins. It's early days for me but I need to start thinking about when to go so we can recruit cover. The TAMBA book recommends going on maternity leave after week 28, that seems so early! I have a very sedentary job and should be able to work from home if needed, so I'm hoping I can last longer than that. What are people's experiences?
I was signed off at 33 weeks. The consultant was surprised I was still working (and full time) by then.
They were born at 37 weeks.
I wanted to keep going as long as possible thinking about going back to work, but was pleased to be signed off. (Luckily my boss accepted it as sickness and didn’t make me go on maternity leave, which he was entitled to do. Some people are decent)
My consultant also advised 28/29 weeks - at that gestation, you're at the same size as 40 weeks with a singleton. However, I was having a fairly straight-forward and comfortable pregnancy (compared to my previous one!) and decided I'd try to go til 31 weeks. I managed it no problem and reckon I could have coped with another week beyond that. It all depends on your pregnancy though.
I finished at 35 weeks which was the right time. But I have to caveat that as I did work in the building where I had them, and my husband did as well so I didn’t have to drive. Which were big factors. They were born 37w6 and were nearly 15lb between them. I always said I’d listen to how I felt, that’s the key thing, and I could be flexible. If I had to plan for cover I’d err on the side of caution.
My friend worked to 34 weeks as a dr on ward rounds, don't know how she did it.
I was signed off work from 29 weeks. I only did an office based job so was sat at a desk but I couldn't drive due to severe sciatica and sitting up was hard (turned out I had a herniated disc in my back).
I had originally planned to stop at 33 weeks with babies due to be delivered at 36 weeks but there was no way I would have ever been able to continue working.
As PP said at 29weeks you are normally measuring the same as a 40week singleton pregnancy.
I've just been thinking about this - I'm nearly 16 weeks and so achey today - luckily I'm working from home but even short bursts of being on my feet or in the car is making my bump really achey. I'm pretty petite really - only 5ft 2 1/2 and have a sizeable bump already - I was hoping to work as long as possible but just don't feel like I will be able to. Thing is my maternity leave is crap - only 18 weeks although none is full paid and I'm the main earner by at least 3x - I'm going to carry over as much annual leave as possible this year to use to finish early I think x
Depends on your job. I’m currently 28 weeks, and in all honesty I’m hugely uncomfortable and ungainly - bigger than I was at full term with my singleton pregnancy! And much more achey than I was - my bump is really tender and feels a bit bruised from stretching so quickly. But I’m going to be working until 33 weeks because I really don’t want to go on leave earlier if I can possibly avoid it! That works for me because my school has put me on a reduced timetable and given me tonnes of paperwork instead, I’m only on my feet for an hour or so a day. They also have my maternity cover already in place, so if I have to go earlier they can sort it out on almost no notice.
Speak to your work - are they willing/able to be flexible? Can you do a role that is as sedentary as possible? How is your commute (I find that the hardest part of my day at the moment)?
I finished work at 34 weeks, job sort of desk based, with 30 min drive each way. B/g twins were born induced at 38 weeks.
I started maternity leave at 33 weeks and had them at 37 weeks, I could have probably carried on another week if I had to, but I was sooo tired and moving was becoming a real effort 😆
I should have finished earlier but kept going and had emergency c section at 33weeks. Luckily, both babies fine after a stint in SCBU.
I finished at 33 weeks, secondary teacher and it coincided nicely with an end of term! I was literally counting down the days for the last couple of weeks!
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