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How many weeks pregnant did you teach until?

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hmyh23 Sun 17-Sep-17 19:06:50

Just wondered! Those of you who have had babies, how long did you work for? Early days for me still but thinking ahead!

EllaHen Sun 17-Sep-17 19:09:13

Both times I stopped when I got to the holiday before birth. First time was 37 weeks. I would have happily worked on. Second time was about 33 weeks (summer) and counted the hours until I stopped.

MaisyPops Sun 17-Sep-17 19:11:12

We're TTC and i've wondered this.

Loads of my colleagues seemed to work up to 37 weeks.

RandomDent Sun 17-Sep-17 19:13:00

32 both times. First time it was the nearest half term, I knew I was delivering a bit early. Second time I was close to going off sick by 28 weeks because I was on my knees.

pinotgrigio1 Sun 17-Sep-17 19:13:13

I worked until 37 weeks, but was part time for the last half term.

Shadowboy Sun 17-Sep-17 19:17:43

38 eeeks for the first because she arrived a day before I was due to start maternity leave! 37 weeks for the second because I was paranoid she'd come early (she came 4 days late)

FlorestanAndEusebius Sun 17-Sep-17 19:39:03

Congrats OP!
With DD1 I did a boarding duty at 36+4. Worked until 37 weeks. She was born at 38 weeks.
DD2 finished at 32 weeks as it was summer holidays but I was really struggling!

HailLapin Sun 17-Sep-17 19:43:47

I'm support staff so slightly different , but I stopped at 35 weeks.

The point where I was struggling to put my socks on in the morning and I had immense back pain by midday.

memenow Sun 17-Sep-17 19:48:44

I'm trying to get to 37 weeks, 31 now and starting to find it tough. Exhausted by the time I get home each evening and sore feet/hips standing all day.

hmyh23 Sun 17-Sep-17 20:00:39

Thanks everyone, I have 37 weeks in my head as a goal, but if it gets unbearable I'll go earlier. Teaching is just so draining it's not like you could ever go in and have a nice quiet day!

SweepTheHalls Sun 17-Sep-17 20:01:35

39, 38, 39 ☺️

missmapp Sun 17-Sep-17 20:09:14

37 weeks with ds1, ds2 was a September baby so I got to finish in July at about 35 weeks .

kittymamma Sun 17-Sep-17 20:10:52

39 with first, 36 with the second but only because I couldn't face returning after Christmas, he came at 37 +5 anyway, 3 days before school started again.

Yellowheart Sun 17-Sep-17 20:14:08

Dd1 36 (she came at 36+2)

Ds 33 as he was late august born (came early in six weeks holidays)

KittyVonCatsington Sun 17-Sep-17 20:14:42

37 weeks on the dot!

Hendersonsisnotrelish Sun 17-Sep-17 20:16:28

I finished at 38 weeks but the last 2 weeks were the first 2 weeks of term in September so wasn' given a timetable. Baby came at 41 weeks

BackforGood Sun 17-Sep-17 20:20:09

Think it depends on the time of year they are born.
It is easier to work up o 37 weeks if baby due early Oct and you've had 6 weeks off before the last 3, but not so easy if you're due at Christmas and have worked a 15 week term.
Also which age group. I think physicaly harder in early years than secondary, once you get big smile

hmyh23 Sun 17-Sep-17 21:18:53

This is why a September baby is such a dream for teachers, one of my colleagues has managed it 3 times!

MiaowTheCat Mon 18-Sep-17 09:58:55

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LeaderoftheAteam Mon 18-Sep-17 10:10:28

38+3, two weeks after returning from Easter holidays, so I'd had a break which made it much more bearable. Not sure if I'd have been able to cope without the break for so long. It was my second pregnancy though.

TwatteryFlowers Mon 18-Sep-17 10:28:01

I'm a supply teacher so I had a bit more flexibility re. time off etc. With my first I finished a long-term post at 32 weeks and started maternity leave. With my 2nd I was doing day-to-day supply teaching and finished at the end of the summer term, at something like 35 weeks. I would have happily gone longer because I wasn't as tired as I was 1st time and there were no signs of labour starting (in the end I was induced at 42 weeks).

Mmmburp Mon 18-Sep-17 10:48:52

36 weeks. I was totally shattered (moved classrooms for nearly every lesson and sometimes buildings). I couldn't keep up.

Mmmburp Mon 18-Sep-17 10:49:53

Meant to add, you've got to do what's right for you - but I'd really try avoid going through labour exhausted.

castasp Mon 18-Sep-17 10:59:47

2 days before my due date, but all the Y11 and y13 had left, so low teaching load. She ended up being 5 days late, so I had exactly a week off between finishing work and giving birth.

I did have a full half-term off in early pregnancy though due to HG.

ppleasebob Mon 18-Sep-17 11:02:58

As a TA, 35 weeks but officially 36 (had Oct half term).

As a teacher, I officially started my maternity 4th Sept this year at 36 weeks but due to summer holidays it worked out at 30! I probably could've started a bit later but would've been lost without a class for a few weeks.

My PPA cover teacher worked up until 39 weeks! But then she was part time at 2 days.

Definitely listen to your body and how you're feeling.

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