I have to make my decision when to take my maternity leave in the next few days and really cant decide what to do. I dont know wether to leave at 32 or 34 weeks.
Where i live can get very wintery in november so will have to drive or walk to work in the ice and snow if i stay longer, which i dont really fancy doing, but i dont wanna take to much time off and get bored.
I didn't get bored, there is a lot to do, and then you have to make the most of being without children for the very last time in your life, which is a couple of mths that you should treasure believe me
Plus you'll be knackered by then.
I was due on Dec 14th and left on Nov 1st. so about 34 then I think.
I think it's wrong that you have to decide so early, as you just don't know.
Def earlier if it's going to be icy and dangerous. IMO
Oh yeah i guess it also depends what you do. I worked behind a bar with a boss who would not let me rest, sit down and who made my life m,iserable until I left. He did it with all staff who left, think he resented losing good staff and having to hire more. Not that bad when it's 2 weeks of it, but I had to put up with 5 mths of it and couldn't wait to get out
With my first I worked up until 38wks. She was 1 wk late, so I still got 3 wks to myself. With my DS I stopped at 35.5 wks, but then they decided to induce me at 38 wks, so only had 2 wks to try and get ready.
It really depends on what you do and how long your maternity leave is. Trying to balance time before the baby and time after. I really wanted time with my children after they were born.
Depends how you feel. With both of mine I worked to 39 weeks so I could have as much time with them as possible before I went back to work. However, it was hard in the last weeks and I have a desk job too.
You won't get bored at home so take the leave from whenever you feel that you can't work any more.
Your all doing so well to work so long.
Ive had enough of work already!
Im planning on taking the full 52 weeks unless i feel i need to come back to work earlier. Am in two minds as to return at all as will only take home £200 after i have paid for child care so not sure yet if its going to be worth it. Just have to wait and see how i feel, as My hubby is away for 6 months next year so i may need the company of work!!!!
I left really early last time, but mainly cos i fell out with my boss so it was about 31 weeks. Was a little boring but got to have nice long baths, sleep and snooze during the day.
This time I had been planning to work until Xmas making me 39 weeks, but as i am workign full time, have another child who will be 22 months I am finding it increasingly difficult with work so think maybe I am being a tad ambitious. I am 27 weeks and feel like i shoudl already be on mat leave, so am thinking of perhaps 34 weeks.
I planned to work to 36 weeks, take 2 weeks annual leave and then start ML. I have a desk job and work flexi time so thought that would be manageable. Was pretty knackered by 34 weeks and really looking forward to time off, but DD born at 35.5 weeks, so started ML by going into labour (spontaneously), no chance to rest, and ended up having my "leaving" do several weeks after the birth. So best of luck and be warned!
i am in my 35 week now and still have another two weeks of work keft.(boo)
I am a home carer so my job involves alot of bending over kneeling down etc.
I think when the old people i go and see started asking me if i need help getting up it was probably time that i left, i do think i have been a tad over ambitous!!!
However like most people i want to spend as much time at home with my baby as poss so am going to battle on til 10th Oct.