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Start Mat Leave before your due date?

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Amber posted this 04 September 2019

When did you take off for Maternity leave? I want to start my ML before my due date to give me some time to nest and relax before baby comes. Thoughts on this?

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Jessica posted this 04 September 2019

I took off 3 weeks before due date, baby ended up being a few days early... and I am so glad I took off early. I was SO relaxed and calm. I had time to go through things and donate a bunch of stuff, and set up baby's room. I think that contributed to my calm when I was in labor. 

Marie posted this 21 September 2019

It all depends on what type of maternity leave you have. I work in a state where Short Term Disability is not paid. I do not have any extra disability insurance and my company doesnt have any type of maternity leave package. So I am waiting until the last second to take maternity leave. I joke with my husband I want my water to break at work. The family medical leave the state has is 8 weeks. Which is what I can cover with my savings so if I go out 2 weeks early then that is only 6 weeks with my daughter. I want to spend all 8 weeks with her. 

Cara posted this 22 September 2019

I didn't start my leave until right before my due date, but my little one didn't come until four days after my due date anyways. If you can take the time a little before, I think it would be great! I stayed partially because I wanted to have as much time as possible after she was born, and my schedule was pretty flexible at work at the time so I was able to work from home.

Candace posted this 23 September 2019

I think that this is a good idea. I wish I had more time before to relax, but you also have to think about the fact that this will likley be taking from your time with your baby. It all depends on how you feel and how much time you will have.

Elizabeth posted this 25 September 2019

I think it depends on your needs. Also look into your benefits. Baby won't necessarily come by your due date.  It could be early, on time or late, unless you have a scheduled c-section or induction. My first was 10 days late by induction, and then I chose to be induced at 39 weeks with my second. I have only worked part time jobs right before having my kids, so I would give my notice before my due date. My husbands insurance for paternity leave did not cover any dates before baby's actual birth date. He took the day off prior to my induction, and it was unpaid. 

Chloe posted this 25 September 2019

It guess it all boils down to how you feel. I plan on taking ML days before my due date so that I can take full advantage of the time off with baby and not so much prepping for her arrival

GIna posted this 14 November 2019

I felt great during my pregnancy, so I worked up until I had my baby.  With that being said, my baby was ten days early.  If He had come on or after his due date, that could have been a different story.  In the end, I really just wanted to be able to spend as much time as I could with my baby once he was born.

Lyla posted this 21 November 2019

I would recommend taking maternity leave early so you have time to relax and get yourself mentally prepared for your new bundle of joy. 

Kait posted this 20 December 2019

I enjoyed having a little time before my baby arrived to finish "getting ready". I did just get anxious after a couple days because I didn't really have that much to do. Then I ended up going a week late. I was happy to be prepared though! Just wasn't counting on waiting THAT long

Lauren posted this 20 December 2019

I think a few days is fine but once the baby comes you'll want as much time at home as possible.

Missy posted this 10 January 2020

For my first I worked up until delivery and I regretted it. I really never had time to actually rest for a little bit because the baby came early. In California they give you 2 weeks prior to due date for state disability and I recommend take as much time before as you can if your work allows you. It is the only time you can actually rest before all the sleepless nights after the baby is born.

Olivia posted this 10 January 2020

Me too! I was so exhausted because I was trying to save all my days for after delivery. No one mentions how rested you need to be to actually labor and adjust to the lack of sleep!

For my first I worked up until delivery and I regretted it. I really never had time to actually rest for a little bit because the baby came early. In California they give you 2 weeks prior to due date for state disability and I recommend take as much time before as you can if your work allows you. It is the only time you can actually rest before all the sleepless nights after the baby is born.

maria posted this 11 January 2020

i worked until i delivered so i had more time with the baby after he was born

Savannah posted this 07 March 2020

I worked right up until my Delivery. It was better for us because it gave us a little extra money. If we could afford it I would take off before baby got here!

Heath posted this 07 March 2020

I worked 2 days up until my due date. I'm a teacher. I think it's perfectly fine if that doctor gives you the go ahead. I didn't have the days to waste, so it was important to me to make it up to the due date. I had to get induced anyway!

Heather posted this 10 March 2020

With my oldest, I worked until the last month. She was so small they kept pushing me to go out on maternity leave. With my youngest I went out almost two months early for other reasons. It is really up to you and your doctor. The thing to keep in mind is that the disability pay stinks (unless you have your own policy or your employer offers better than state minimum).

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