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SweetPeaPods Fri 11-Jul-14 11:11:09

I'm in a pickle....
Currently booking annual leave before I go on mat leave in Sept. I've got the choice of finishing either 1 week earlier by booking a full week off (5days) or booking 1 days annual leave a week for 5 weeks so I'll only work 4 days a week for 5 weeks. I wish I could do both so really can't decide!! What would you do/have you decided ?

lynniep Fri 11-Jul-14 11:20:11

Personally I'd make my weeks shorter. There is a period of boredom before you give birth that I didn't really enjoy ( I finished work 2 weeks before due date). Although in your case I would have reduced my maternity leave taken before the birth and taken the annual leave instead to give myself more time off after the birth.

SweetPeaPods Fri 11-Jul-14 11:22:04

I don't think I'll get bored, ds1 will keep me occupied.
I'm tired now so not sure I'll manage at 36w working full time plus ds.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 11-Jul-14 11:22:35

How much Mat Leave have you got before your due date?

nc060 Fri 11-Jul-14 11:49:37

I had originally booked 1 day off per week and then had extra holidays to use before finishing up so used them to merge the extra days into a week and a I wish I had used the extra days to make more 4 day weeks as I could really use them now, super tired and achy come Friday!!

SweetPeaPods Fri 11-Jul-14 12:45:10

Currently finishing at 37w hacked...

Fairypants Fri 11-Jul-14 13:19:23

I'm finishing at 37 weeks and am using my holidays to work shorter weeks. I have 2 weeks to take though so have started taking a day a week this week (30 weeks) and will increase that so I'm down to working 3days a week when I get closer. I do have SPD though so already finding walking can be an issue.

moggle Fri 11-Jul-14 15:40:51

Ooh that's a good idea, I hadn't even thought of spreading the days out a bit... I have about 10 days to use up before mat leave starts so maybe instead of having 2 extra weeks, I'll use 5 for an extra week and then 5 to have short weeks beforehand. Think I'm going to go off at 36 weeks, can't wait!

splendide Fri 11-Jul-14 16:12:41

I'm starting mat leave on my due date (or before if I'm early of course!) and 3 weeks of leave prior to that I think. Although I might end up doing a few days work from home in that three weeks if need be.

ClaretAndBlue30 Fri 11-Jul-14 16:21:15

I'm finishing at 37 weeks with a few shorter weeks from 31 weeks onwards - don't think there's any right answer with this though, and it's hard to tell how you'll feel!

didiimaginethis Fri 11-Jul-14 16:39:09

I'm finishing at 30 weeks, but am teacher so it's the holidays then officially my mat leave starts in September when I'll be 36 weeks.
Last time I went on mat leave at 32 weeks and I was very ready for it by then, spent my time resting, cooking,cleaning etc
This time around I have toddler DS so not much time fir resting!
Do what you feel is right, especially with feeling tired

FTRsGotAShinyNewNN Fri 11-Jul-14 20:24:01

I'll be starting Mat leave at 35 wks which will be on the 22nd Dec, it's a little earlier than I wanted to finish but I didn't think I could face working Christmas (hospital reception) smile

Missingcaffeine Fri 11-Jul-14 21:06:28

I'm starting mat leave as late as HR would allow (12th Sep, due on 20th). Finishing work at start of Sep (37 weeks) - using 2 weeks annual leave. I had loads of annual leave, so I'm working 4 day weeks in Aug and late July.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 11-Jul-14 21:10:13

How come they wont let you work longer?

OneLittleToddleTerror Fri 11-Jul-14 22:32:31

I'm starting at 37 weeks but since I have over 20 days of annual leave left, I'm effective off from 33 weeks. DD arrived at 37 weeks last time so I don't want to cut it too close. Besides I'm already tired and I'm only 30 weeks!

Heatherbell1978 Sat 12-Jul-14 22:32:33

I'd take the week off and finish earlier. I've just finished work at 35 wks. I have had an easy pregnancy so far, walked to and from work every day and no issues sitting in an office all day etc so had been thinking I probably should gave worked on a bit longer. But just this weekend I've hit a bit of a wall and seem to developed a bit of carpal tunnel so I'm so glad that's me done at work!

eastmidswarwicknightnanny Sun 13-Jul-14 09:11:25

Last time and will do same this time I start mat leave the beginning of wk I am booked for c section so 38+whatever n then use up annual leave for 3-4wks before hand so finish at 35wks ish.

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