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When did you start maternity leave?

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hmyh23 Sun 03-Dec-17 17:22:22

I'm 30 weeks so not starting any time soon but I'm so tired and fed up already! Im.a teacher so just trying to drag myself to Xmas and then will only have 2 weeks left to do in January.

I can manage the actual day to day fine but in terms of marking/planning in the evenings and weekends, I just can't think straight.

IHateYourCarpet Sun 03-Dec-17 17:34:52

I went at 34 weeks, but tagged on four weeks annual leave. Best decision I’d ever made, I really couldn’t have managed it to 38!

HoneyWheeler Sun 03-Dec-17 17:46:56

I'm a teacher and went on half term at 37 weeks and official maternity leave at 38 weeks. At the time I felt completely exhausted and would have struggled to go much further on! He ended up being two weeks late so had five weeks off before he arrived

thingymaboob Sun 03-Dec-17 17:48:05

I'm 34+2 and I'm going at 35+5. I'm really struggling. The fatigue is insane and I suffer hyperemesis and spd. I really should have gone two weeks ago. Cannot cope at work at all. Absolutely dreading the coming week.

Girlwiththearabstrap Sun 03-Dec-17 18:07:57

I'm also a teacher. I've put my date down as 39 weeks so I'll have Easter holidays and then be back to work for a week or two. I planned to work up till 39 weeks last time but ended up being induced at 35 and literally went from school up to the hospital - and came home 2 weeks later with a baby!

KatnissK Sun 03-Dec-17 18:13:42

I'm a teacher and went to 38 weeks. And of course we got ofsted in my final week! And I got observed. It was a real treat!

Kpo58 Sun 03-Dec-17 19:28:18

35+6 weeks (aka when the baby turned up).

I'm hoping to plan it better this time...

Usernamegone Sun 03-Dec-17 19:39:58

I’m finishing work at 35+4 and taking a months holiday before I officially go on mat leave at 40+0

MrsPicklesonSmythe Sun 03-Dec-17 19:45:33

I e got a weeks holiday then I'm on mat leave from next week, I'll be 31 weeks. V early but my bosses havent spoken to me for 11 weeks since I told them I was pregnant so I don't feel bad.

BendingSpoons Sun 03-Dec-17 19:47:47

Finished work at 37 weeks and had 2.5 weeks of holiday so started mat leave two days before my due date. It was tough at the end due to working with small children and a commute involving tubes and buses but I was bored once I finished and was glad I didn't stop earlier. (DD was born at 41+1). I actually had a worse patch at around 35 weeks (hurt my back, seemed ages left), although was definitely ready to finish by the time I did!

Kleokat Sun 03-Dec-17 19:48:25

I left at 32 weeks as had 6 weeks holiday to take. It was best thing I did because I was really struggling at work for a long time and couldn't wait to leave! Felt like such a weight of my shoulders when I finally left and didn't have to drag my swollen grumpy self in every day. It was the middle of summer and extremely hot at the time in an office with no air conditioning! I was miserable.

WeShouldOpenABar Sun 03-Dec-17 19:54:29

35 weeks with one sick week two annual leave. I'm half regretting it as I'm sick waiting for baby to appear but I truly couldn't have kept going.

vroc81 Sun 03-Dec-17 20:04:55

39 + 4.... but I had the easiest pregnancy going and I sit at a desk.. mostly.. i still had to wait until 40 + 11 for her to put in an appearance though so got a couple of weeks to “nest” and lie on the sofa..!

BluePheasant Sun 03-Dec-17 20:09:13

30 weeks here with DC2 and I wish I could start mat leave tomorrow! I’m really anaemia and just bloody knackered. Due to finish juts before 37 weeks but that’s if I make it that far which I have my doubts about. With my first I could have worked up to my due date if I’d had to but this time am finding it so much harder.

newmummysw Sun 03-Dec-17 20:20:43

I remember being back and forth with this decision so much! I finished at 38 weeks but really struggled in that final week or 2. Baby ended up being 2 weeks late so in the end I had a month off before he appeared. I appreciated that time so much!

futuremrsconnor85 Sun 03-Dec-17 20:26:06

I finished on Friday at 38+4! People in the office thought I was mad!. ( I sometimes do 10-11 hour days and have a 60 mile round trip each day) I've had an easy pregnancy and wanted to keep going as normal as long as I could. It's not for everyone though. If you can why not book some leave before you go off? I found taking a few days off then going back for the last few days helped me a lot. Some people would prefer to tag it on to maternity leave but I enjoyed using it to make the last weeks easier.

NC1990 Sun 03-Dec-17 21:27:04

I finished at 37 weeks, baby arrived at 38+6.

mindutopia Sun 03-Dec-17 21:54:33

36+5 with my first. She was born a week later at 37+5.

This time I aim to stop at around the same time 36+5 is my last scheduled day. But I essentially work for myself and from home. I used to have a 3 hour commute. I couldn’t still be doing that even now and I’m only 30 weeks. I may still do a bit of work after 37 weeks but only if I feel like it/really need to and not full days. I struggle now to work in the evenings too though.

Unihorn Sun 03-Dec-17 21:57:10

33 weeks, but took 4 weeks' holiday before starting maternity leave at 37 weeks. I work in hospitality though and was approaching Christmas, which means 12 hours shifts with 5 minutes to sit down and eat, being shouted at by angry drunk revellers and standing in a 40 degree kitchen. I didn't feel it healthy to continue!

This time I'll be going off at 37 weeks but attempting to reduce my duties closer to the due date as it's a quieter time of year.

SarahBeeney Sun 03-Dec-17 22:04:56

38 weeks with my first baby. Was a real bugger standing on the tube/train.

LoveYouTimMinchin Sun 03-Dec-17 22:08:37

35 weeks. I remember day 1 of my maternity leave like yesterday as it was the day of a heartbreaking National news story concerning a local boy, and I just felt so sad all day when it should have been happy. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing - much like when Diana died.

Ponyboycurtis Sun 03-Dec-17 22:09:19

37wks but had an ELCS booked for 38wks, I was a Youth Worker at the time and spent a lot of my day driving, with lots of after school visits. My bump was touching the steering wheel by the end and I was shattered, glad I stayed working as late as possible though, so that I had more time with them when they arrived.

Zomam Sun 03-Dec-17 23:00:55

I finished at 37 weeks, but kept aside a weeks holiday to use, so my mat leave didn’t start until 38 weeks.

Before I finished I’d wished I’d just stayed on until baby arrived as I felt fine, but as soon as I stopped working I was exhausted and glad of a rest!

hmyh23 Sun 03-Dec-17 23:39:28

I'm aiming for 37 weeks too. I think I need to just take a day at a time rather than thinking in weeks. Luckily my commute is easy and in the car, I think having the added stress of public transport/horrendous traffic would make it much worse. I think this time of year in the cold and dark makes everything seem a bit more grim as well. Roll on Christmas!!

TriJo Mon 04-Dec-17 00:21:10

Finished at 37 weeks with my son, I'm 30 weeks now and planning to work until 38 weeks this time.

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