When is everyone starting their maternity leave from work? I was planning to work up to 38 weeks but thinking this is possibly too close and wouldn't want to go into labour soon after or worse still, when I'm still at work!
I was planning to work right up to the end but work from home 2 to 3 days a week for the last two weeks. I was almost ready to leave work two weeks before my due date which was a good job as the baby arrived two weeks early.
For my next one, I would probably take more time off before my due date as I would have another child at home. I do regret not having more time at home this time but at least I wasn't at home bored :-)
I'm working up until 38 weeks. Everyone told me I wouldn't be up to it, but luckily I've felt fine and the commute hasn't bothered me too much yet (36 weeks now). I think it really depends on the nature of your job and how you're feeling. My manager has been very good and has agreed that I can finish sooner if needed.
My waters breaking at work does worry me slightly but it hasn't happened yet!
I did somewhere between 37 and 38 with DD. Commute minimal.
This time I reckon I'm going to stop at 35. This is partly due to convenience and having some holiday left over and also we've moved and the commute is now quite long. I'm hoping there might be time to fill the freezer with loads of delish things and also lie down a bit with my kindle while DD at nursery (who am I kidding...).
I intend to work until the very last minute legally allowed with is exactly 2 weeks before the latest due date I have been given during on a my scans.
Cant you just get a sick note if you need to before than if you are too tired exhausted? I know I wont waste a day of my precious 26 weeks paid by going on official maternity leave earlier than 38 weeks.
I'm planning on working until 38 weeks. Very short commute and a desk job though, so nothing too taxing hopefully. If I get signed off earlier then that's that but hopefully I can manage up to 38 weeks. Don't want to waste too much of my maternity pay before the baby arrives!
I'm working til 37 weeks. 33 weeks at the moment, and work for a church, so December is only going to get busier! But I get a week and a half off over Christmas, and then just go back for 3 days to handover.
The only thing is, I have a low lying placenta which hasn't moved out of the way enough, so could be looking at a planned c-section. Really hoping I get some time on maternity before that happens if it means delivering early!