Some of you will know how crap ive felt through this pregnancy, with oodles of stressful things, plus hard job, loads of sick time off, bp problems, anaemia problems, early contractions etc etc.
I finished work last week at 29 weeks, and was down, hated my body, my pregnancy, just wanted it to be over.
So I gavce myself a kick up the arse with the help of some wonderful Mnetters and have in the last two weeks:
Booked a whole spa day by myself Eaten much better Made dates with friends for coffees etc Made an effort to smile much more Joined an antenatal yoga class (which was fab) Started swimming (again fab to be weightless for half hour) Started pilates again (fab teacher who gives me lots of alternatives)
And do you know what, I feel soooo much better, yes I still hate my huge body, and cant wait to meet my baby, but the 10 weeks ahead now seem full of lovely relaxing things that I want to do, that I could do if I was working.
So IMHO I think we should all give up when we're ready, and the government should pay us to fanny around and enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy without getting tired and stressed before the hard work even starts
I know the feeling newbee, my mat leave isnt paid (only SMP) and I have saved like buggery just so I can manage until baby is 7 months. My yoga class is at night, could you do something like that, although I know you probably dont feel like it after being in work all day. Its so hard, we should all go back to the days of women only working up to 7 months and no more. Being pg is bloody hard work Grin and bear it through the last 3 weeks then pamper, pamper, pamper for those last 3
Hear hear! Newbee your employer has to give you time off to attend antenatal classes - govt regulations say this is the case "if advised by your doctor or midwife", and I'm sure either would be happy to do you a quick note if you needed it. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
I totally agree - I was lucky to be able to finish work at around 30 weeks with dc2 and I am convinced that that's what led to me having a much easier birth - I was rested, fitter because I had time to do some (gentle) exercise, felt less stressed (first time around I started a promotion at work 3 weeks before I went on mat leave!) and felt more organised.
This was a while back but I'm pretty sure that I read at that time that the RCM recommended women giving up work at 29-30 weeks if they could
When I got pg with no.3 (this time) I was determined to work up to 38 weeks just for the money. But its been so hard and stopping at 29 weeks has been the best decision Ive ever made. Hopefully grapefruit I will be rested and stress free like you by the time birth comes round