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Did you work full-time throughout your pregnancy?

  1. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    I don't really have a choice as my position is a FT position. If I need to modify my schedule I would have to use PTO shorten my weeks. I'm hoping to work up until my due date to maximize my PTO after mat leave is over and baby is here.

  2. DillonLion

    GOLD / eggplant / 11517 posts

    Oh yeah. I wanted to save up as much money as possible. I worked until 39 weeks, but didn't deliver until 40 weeks and 5 days and that was an induction, so I had nearly 2 weeks off where I theoretically could have continued working (but was swollen and uncomfortable so I was happy to be off)

  3. ShootingStar

    coconut / 8472 posts

    I worked until about a week before my due date, when I put on bed rest. This time I'm planning on working from home the last couple weeks to hopefully prevent myself from over doing it. I was a mess last time, blood pressure kept getting high, spilling protein, problems standing and walking, out of breath all the time.

    The only people that ever really asked about working though were at my OBs office. I always thought it was weird when they'd ask "Are you still working?" Um yes, my salary is quite useful in keeping us home and fed, thank you.

  4. smith

    cherry / 154 posts

    I'm due in three days and still working - it takes my mind of everything and gives me something to focus on during the day! But I'll admit, having a few days off to finish things around the house before the baby comes sounds pretty nice

  5. Smurfette

    GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts

    Yes. I had my lunch packed for work the next day when my water broke. I was working from home 2 days a week for two weeks per my doctor. I had some swelling and being able to prop my feet up helped those days.

  6. lovehoneybee

    GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts

    With DD I worked until the day before my scheduled c-section at 39 weeks. I got a LOT of comments from co-workers about it, but our paid maternity leave is non-existent, and I wanted to save what little PTO I had for after she was here. I work a desk job, and live 2 miles away (my mom picked up DS from preschool the last week or two of my pregnancy, when I was getting swollen and uncomfortable and so tired by the end of the day).

  7. mauxie

    persimmon / 1043 posts

    LO1 - yes, water started leaking as I was in the office. I had planned to work til my due date but she was 2 weeks early.

    LO2 - yes, had my 38w appt that morning and planned to go into work that afternoon but went into labor instead. Headed straight to the hospital from my appt and delivered a few hours later. Planned to work til my due date, though.

    LO3 - this time I am scheduled to start maternity leave 2 weeks before my due date! Though I think that will pretty much be like working til I deliver, with my track record.

    FWIW-- my office is pretty low-stress and my coworkers/boss are supportive either way. But, it is at least 1 hour from the hospital so that's been more of a factor with this pregnancy since I take it I will have a pretty quick labor/delivery.

  8. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    With DS, I worked up until 38 weeks, which ended up being the end of the month and the end of the pay period. I get 4 weeks before delivery off with my disability plan, but they count it from the day your baby is born, not your due date, so I worked until 38 weeks in case I went to 42 weeks. But my water broke 5 days later, so I really only had a few days off!

    With LO2, we're planning a scheduled repeat C-section, so I will leave 4 weeks before my surgery date. And I'm currently only working 3 days a week since returning from maternity leave, so I'm not working full time.

  9. NavyRN2012

    persimmon / 1447 posts

    I was in school while pregnant with #1, but I worked full time up until the bitter end with #2 and #3. I am a nurse and worked 12 hour shifts with #2. I had moved into management by the time I was pregnant with #3, so was working 8 hour shifts.

  10. blackbird

    wonderful grape / 20453 posts

    Yeah. I don't know anyone who has the option to not work/go part time just because of pregnancy, barring some unusual complication! I did get to work from home the last 2 weeks, though

  11. Finfan

    persimmon / 1436 posts

    Yes, I did with my second baby. (My first one my doc pulled me at 38 weeks because of my blood pressure.)

    This time, I worked until 8 pm Monday night. My water broke at 8:45 after I had been home about 10 minutes. Baby was born at 8 the next morning, about 1 hour after when DH texted my boss to say I was not coming in that day LOL.

    ETA: I'm on my feet a lot at work and the last month or two sucked! So glad baby came at 39w exactly and not 40+5 like her big sister.

  12. oliviaoblivia

    pineapple / 12793 posts

    I worked as long as I could with my first two but they were born while my office was closed for the holidays so I had some extra time before birth.

    With my third pregnancy I've been on maternity leave from my second the whole time. I was supposed to go back to work two days ago, but I'm having the baby next week soooooo I didn't go back. I did end up in a meeting all morning though.

    I haven't had any trouble working up until the end.

  13. Anagram

    eggplant / 11706 posts

    @blackbird: in some states, (like NJ!), there is a state law that you can go out 4 weeks before your due date on disability leave. I've never taken it though, since I'm a teacher and have had summer babies.

  14. ElbieKay

    pomegranate / 3221 posts

    I worked from home for the last few weeks. It was January and very icy, and I had the choice of a 14-block walk or a horrendously crowded subway car.

    I worked five days past my due date, which was on a Sunday. Labor didn't start for another five days after that!

    I only had 12 weeks of leave available, so I am glad that I worked as long as I did so that I could maximize time with my baby.

    I have a desk job, so the commute was the worst part of working that long.

  15. meganmp

    persimmon / 1420 posts

    Hell yeah I did. I wasn't about to use up sick time just for the heck of it! My doc put me on work rest at 34 weeks, because a) she wanted to keep the babies in as long as possible and thought that I would go into labor early because b) I'm a teacher too, and on my feet a lot. I was having trouble waddling after my students and it was causing a lot of BH contractions. I didn't deliver until 38w4d though, and had to be induced, so I guess I probably could have stayed on a little longer. I got so bored, I should have!

  16. jape14

    pear / 1586 posts

    I was in the office until 40+3, which was the Friday before I delivered. Then that weekend was Labor Day weekend, and I was induced the Wednesday after Labor Day, so I just worked from home that last day before I was induced. I ran a meeting on my due date and people were a little surprised, but I was pretty sure I'd go late and need to be induced, so it didn't bother me. I also had a really easy pregnancy, no swelling, and a desk job, so it wasn't exactly a challenge physically!

  17. Rocker2014

    persimmon / 1367 posts

    Sure did! I started having strong contractions at work the day before my due date, and ended up being induced the next morning. I work in juvenile corrections, so I was on my feet on and off throughout the day, and I loved staying busy.

  18. Keybee

    kiwi / 735 posts

    No, I was a teacher too and I didn't go back in the fall. I was due in December and wasn't going back to work after DD was born, so I didn't see the point in starting a school year that I wasn't going to finish.

  19. chibee

    pear / 1974 posts

    I did - worked full time at a desk job until 37 weeks. With a total of 4 hour commute by bus and all! it wasn't that bad, but the commuting in the hot weather got to me towards the end and i called it quits at 37 weeks. i planned on going all the way up to 40 weeks.

  20. Littlebit7

    nectarine / 2243 posts

    yes but I went out 1 month before the due date. I'm a physical therapist; my belly was getting in the way of safe patient handling (and ugh, I was just over it).

  21. LBee

    pomegranate / 3895 posts

    I was put on part-time bed rest at 34 weeks, but still worked FT (albeit in the afternoons at home) until my scheduled c-section. My boss even joked about me coming in on the morning of my c-section since it wasn't until noon!

    I did have a client who met with me the day before I delivered who was super confused when the announcement went out. Somehow he had missed that I was pregnant??

  22. Mama Bird

    pomegranate / 3127 posts

    I did. But the last week was from home. DS was born over the weekend, but DD was born on a Friday and I was still getting calls and emails that morning. I wanted to send an email saying I was on leave as of that day, but I was afraid to jinx it and end up in false labor

    It kind of sucked because it's very stressful work, but it paid off in the end both times because my boss let me take a longer leave / work from home afterwards.

  23. blackbird

    wonderful grape / 20453 posts

    @Anagram: ahhhhhh that sounds like a nice option! Except the less pay part

  24. JoyfulKiwi

    nectarine / 2667 posts

    I'm also a teacher. With my first, I worked until about 38 weeks, with summer break from around 6-8 months pregnant (he was due end of September). I was teaching 2nd grade & wasn't so much physically uncomfortable as mentally exhausted. I had weeks of false labor & couldn't deal with anymore last minute sub plans that never got used!! Once I took off, contractions stopped completely and I ended up induced at 41 weeks.

    Now I'm teaching preschool & am 39 weeks. I have/am getting a lot of comments about still working. But I only have 20 days of paid leave, so what can I do? I plan on going until 41 weeks if need be. I hope working & being very active will help me go into labor sooner than watching Netflix on the couch & napping (which is what I WISH I was doing!)

  25. DesertDreams88

    grapefruit / 4360 posts

    I'm a teacher too and due Jan 19th, 2 weeks after xmas break. I originally really wanted my maternity leave to start after xmas break, at 38 weeks, but my doctor resisted and said I should save all my FMLA/sick time for baby.... he said that every month, new moms are calling him and begging him to extend their maternity leave but he legally can't.

    Now that I'm 38 weeks pregnant, I'm actually glad to be at school. I rested a TON over break and got all my "baby checklist" done. I was soooo bored and antsy the last two days of break, so going back to work has kept me occupied! Sure I am uncomfortable (I'm HUGE) but, beats being at home cranky about waiting and using up paid time. I designed all my lesson plans for this week and next week to be sub-friendly and allow a lot of sitting

    My maternity leave is scheduled to start January 19th, whether or not baby is here. Because of MLK Jr. Day and the weekend, technically I'm starting leave at 39.5 weeks.

  26. babypugs

    persimmon / 1101 posts

    Definitely! My job is a mix of desk work and running around, so I always had time to rest, and I had a pretty healthy and active pregnancy. I left work early for my 38 week appointment and the doctor told me I was in labor when I got there...so I worked literally until the very end!

  27. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    With DD1, I was at an office job and went off 3 weeks before my due date because of the slow holiday season and in CA, we can get disability up to 4 weeks prior to due date which is use it or lose it. With DD2, I was now full time photography and I shot a wedding 3.5 hours away from home less than 2 weeks before she was born. It was fine!

    ETA: but I was stressed about missing that wedding my whole pregnancy. It was booked before I found out I was pregnant so given the choice, I would have had more time before my due date for a wedding but those things can't be changed!

  28. DesertDreams88

    grapefruit / 4360 posts

    I posted about this when my OB first resisted early leave, and got lots of great feedback:

    http://boards.hellobee.com/topic/trying-to-start-leave-before-baby-comes-teacher-style#post-2259461

  29. pinkcupcake

    cantaloupe / 6751 posts

    @Anagram: wow 2 hours! That's impressive My supervisor was famous because her water broke while she was on the record in court - and she was determined to not get a continuance so she kept going even though the judge was like, umm...counsel?...

  30. peaches1038

    nectarine / 2045 posts

    I did! Had to save that time! I'm a physical therapist, which means on my feet all day. Went to work Friday and had him Saturday! I think keeping active helped make my medfree delivery so easy and quick.

  31. LuLu Mom

    GOLD / wonderful olive / 19030 posts

    My first one, I literally worked the Friday before giving birth on Monday. my second, I took off Wednesday and had RCS on Friday. I used that 2 days to get house in order and ready and spend a last full day date with my daughter before her world got rocked! I only had 12 weeks non-paid, I wanted to spend my days with my newborn! I do work a desk job though and have a very understanding boss. I would head down to our cushy pumping room and use the recliner to put my feet up and work from my laptop to relax if I needed it.

  32. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    Yep. I worked both times right up delivery. I worked a desk job in a medical office.

  33. ChitownRo

    clementine / 937 posts

    Yes, worked until 2 days overdue with DS. This time, I'm due in one week and am still working (but now work part time, only 3 days per week)
    I'm a NP and actually spend most of my time sitting - those exam chairs are clutch. I don't do procedures, so it's all good.

  34. wrkbrk

    pomelo / 5084 posts

    @Autumnmama79: Yep. I worked up until Friday November 20th and had him on Monday the 23rd! My mat leave started that day!

  35. Littlebit7

    nectarine / 2243 posts

    @Anagram: yes this is what I did. Sometimes NJ gets some things right, like paid family leave insurance.

  36. Canoli

    persimmon / 1458 posts

    Yes I did for both of my pregnancies. Hopefully will do the same for this one too. I want all the time I can get after baby arrives.

  37. lady baltimore

    persimmon / 1183 posts

    I told my boss I would be at work until 40+5 unless I had the baby first. I delivered LO at 39+5, and worked the day before (also a teacher, and I was on my feet, up and down the stairs, and sitting on the floor with the kids right up until the end).

  38. Ms. RV

    pear / 1930 posts

    I worked until the Friday before my due date (which was a Monday). I was working up to nine hours a day, walking around the factory everywhere, even walking laps at lunch! Though when I needed a break I took it (and was able to). One of my department's labs is super air conditioned (I was due in early August) and sometimes I would just sit there for five minutes. Being on my feet all day wasn't so bad, but I would get waves of exhaustion and it was nice to have the type of job where I could take breaks whenever.

  39. californiadreams

    pomegranate / 3411 posts

    with my first i worked until 2 days past my due date. i have a job where i sit down all day too, it just got hard at the end because i had to focus on writing reports and i was seriously sleep deprived. and i was sick.

    with my current (second), i am starting my leave 3.5 weeks before my due date and i can't wait! i am finding it more difficult maybe because i am more busy at work and i have toddler at home. and we moved a few months ago and i still have tons i want to get done before the baby comes, so those 3.5 weeks actually seem short to me! I have also been sick for a month. i also want time to netflix and chill and to have days for my toddler and me to spend together (he is in preschool full time now, so i can keep him there when i am getting stuff done and pull him out for "mommy and LO" days. so i guess that's why 3.5 weeks seems like not enough for everything i want to do.

  40. matador84

    papaya / 10560 posts

    Yes with both. I was a teacher. I actually worked up until I had them, I didn't want to use any of my days!

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