I'm due to start maternity leave in 4 weeks at 34 weeks but am struggling now and considering stopping a little earlier ( I'm anaemic, having regular nosebleeds, SPD and almost constant indigestion). I'm finding it hard to concentrate at work and some of my hours are in the evening (latest 9pm) but we are in the midst of a huge building project so if I'm at home more often ill be accompanied by some burly builders making noise, mess and invading my space!
Guess I either stop early and put up with disruption at home or keep working and not doing a very good job and get more tired and stressed...
I also have 2 school aged children so have day times free other than work, try to catch up with friends as much as possible but can't do that every day... Also can't start nesting (our new bedroom and baby's bedroom hasn't been built yet) or batch cooking/baking (kitchen is out of action!)
I'm not sure of the point of this thread but any thoughts or advice would be welcome. I feel lie someone has thrown a pregnancy symptom book at me and a random selection have just stuck to me!
If you stopped work now, is there somewhere other than home you could go to just get some space? I spent a lot of time chilling at my parents' house which was a godsend when DC was 13 days late and I was going up the walls, letting them look after me a bit. Do you have a similar setup where you are?
Remember though that the more time you take off at the start, the less time you'll have with your new baby at the end, and potentially 12 weeks off before the baby arrives will feel like a very long time if you do decide to go now.
We've no family nearby and most friends are at work during the day so limited options as to where I could go. I thought 6 weeks before birth (maybe less if I have cs) would be pushing it so don't really want to be at home for any longer but every day is just so hard! This is my third and last pregnancy, thats for sure- I still have 10 weeks to go!