Working while pregnant

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Micah posted this 12 November 2018

When it comes to working- How close to the due date should you give your time to yourself and future baby. When is it best to take maternity leave and should you be working full time from home? I know this strongly varies person to person but what are the recommendations if you want to stay active in your career? 

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Tara posted this 12 November 2018

I unfortunately didn't have the means to take maternity leave before baby came so I worked up until the day I went into labor with both of my previous pregnancies and will do the same for this one. The doctor was okay with it because I have a desk job and don't have a physically strenuous job. 

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Katie posted this 12 November 2018

I plan on working a week until my due date.  I also have a desk job so I'm not performing any strenuous tasks during the day.  I plan on taking 12 weeks off and coming back part time after I have my baby.  I am fortunate in that our families live very close to us and will be helping out with childcare for the first few years. 

Torin posted this 12 November 2018

I'm going to work until the due date or until my doctor tells me to stop.  I've been taking more low key cases at work and slowing down a lot in preparation.  My firm has a daycare on site so I'm taking 24 weeks off and then my mom is keeping our baby and he/she will start in the daycare around 9 months of age. 

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Dorothy posted this 12 November 2018

I've worked right up until I went into labor with each baby, mainly because I couldn't afford to take too much time off.  Also the longest I've taken off is 14 weeks because I needed to get back to work and get paid.  For my last baby I was lucky enough to have an employer that let me WFH so the return to work wasn't as stressful. 

Dana posted this 12 November 2018

I work from home so I was able to work right up until the c-section and even in the hospital!

Mary posted this 12 November 2018

I feel it's best to keep working until you have the baby. It's good to keep up with your normal routine.

olivia posted this 13 November 2018

Work until the baby comes- save your time off for later. I found that everyone was willing to take more difficult tasks off my plate as we got closer, so, work was a little less taxing towards the end (they were probably just nervous i'd leave mid-task and they'd be up a creek). 

Jeannie posted this 14 November 2018

I like to take a week off before my due date to tie up loose ends before the baby comes and things get crazy.

Eve posted this 14 November 2018

I worked right up until induction day, mainly because I didn’t have much leave built up and wasn’t qualified for FMLA. I ended up taking 7.5 weeks. I will probably do the same as far as working up until I have baby with the next one, but at my current job we are offered 12 weeks paid time off so I feel much better about taking maybe a week before hand to get things settled if need be.

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Stephanie posted this 14 November 2018

I experienced discrimination at my previous employer because of my pregnancy. I would caution women to be extremely careful with employers when disclosing pregnancy and also with taking time. It was a seriously psychologically trying time to have gone through that.

Kristy posted this 14 November 2018

I am working pretty much until my due date but I am taking the last week off to hopefully get things ready before baby comes.

Nelufat posted this 16 November 2018

I work from home and I have the luxury of choosing to stop working whenever I want. I am looking at taking a leave a week to delivery.

Trisha posted this 19 November 2018

I plan on working up till the baby is here then taking time off. I'm a nurse so I am on my feet a lot but I have incredible co-worked that accommodate for me which will allow me to work up until the day I give birth! 

Meg posted this 19 November 2018

I worked right up until I had my babies but most of my stuff is on the computer so I could do it while baby nursed or napped. I work part time and make my own hours so I didn't get paid leave or anything but it was fine.

Ashley posted this 19 November 2018

I worked all the way till I was a week from being due. I took time out for me to prepare and get organized. I also stopped working after I had my child for about 3 months. We need as much time for ourselves and our babies as we can get.

katilyn posted this 19 November 2018

I wish I could have taken a few weeks off before my little girl was due. I worked right until my water broke in the office. I was so embarrassed too. I was so stressed because I needed the time to  prepare before and didnt get a chance. I wish I would have known  she was entering the world a month earlier.

Kathryn posted this 19 November 2018

I am taking off for a few months to have time before my baby and after. It gives me time to relax and prepare for the baby. I want to make sure everything is in place.

Lee posted this 20 November 2018

I worked up until the day I went into labor. I was going to take 2 weeks off before my due date. However, as the time approached my doctor warned me that she might be coming early. I wasn't having contractions but I was 100% efface and she had dropped a month early. Sure enough I had my baby shower and went out for dinner and my water broke a month early.

Jordan posted this 20 November 2018

I would take maternity leave about 2 weeks before your due date. That way you can get everything lined out before your baby gets here and so you can relax before there is no relaxing lol.

Michelle posted this 20 November 2018

I think it's best to continue with your regular routine. There's no need to stop working. Plus keeping busy will keep you healthy, and moving around and walking will also help for a easier delivery.

Bethenny posted this 02 July 2019

I worked until I went into labor. My company didn’t allow early maternity leave unfortunately. Thankfully I was in a position at my job where they were able to make adjustments for me to continue work. 

Angie posted this 03 July 2019

Working has been all over the place for me, as when I first got pregnant I was working three jobs and going to school full time. After the first trimester I quit the most physically strenuous job and worked my desk job and a catering gig. Around 5 months I dropped down to just the desk job to give my body a break as catering late nights became extremely taxing on my body. I was lucky and got an amazing at-home work opportunity and left the desk job at 34 weeks and have been working full time from home at now 37 weeks. I plan to continue working from home until I go into labor and pop. 

Marie posted this 03 July 2019

This is a huge controversy. I believe if you think you can work up until your due date, go for it. Stress is bad for your baby so if you feel like your job is stressful, take a break. But we women are strong so if you want to work, MAKE THAT MONEY GIRL! (:

Violet posted this 07 July 2019

I worked as a server up until one week before I gave birth. I was glad to have some time off of my feet. I became a stay at home mom after that. Now I try to work from home doing freelance work online.

Mel posted this 09 July 2019

It's best to continue as long as you can.  Depending on your job, maybe you could shift your responsibilities or how you spend your time by working from home too? Overall, you would need to find a good balance between what do I do in my job to maintain my job, still have my normal income, have a piece of mind with learning how to be at home a bit more (if you are not already). 

Dre posted this 12 July 2019

We are thinking that if we have a baby, we would have to be moved closer to family by then.  I have known too many people who have thought they could go through the process of preparing for parenthood and then as a new parent, without family close by (within 30 min). 

Alyssa posted this 18 July 2019

I was going to work up until the end but I stopped working around 32 weeks because I was in and out of the hospital and my job requires me to be on my feet the entire time.

Nina posted this 19 July 2019

If you can manage it I recommend continuing to work until you give birth, especially if you are able to work from home.  You're probably going to want as much time with your baby as you can get, so save your FMLA/maternity leave for when your baby is here.

Ruth posted this 19 July 2019

My first baby was a week late, and I worked up until 2 days past my due date. I only got 6 weeks off (unpaid, but still) so I wanted it to be with the baby as long as possible. Also since she was my first child, I had no intention of working from home....I wanted to just enjoy that time so I was refreshed to go back to work when I did.

Mona posted this 20 July 2019

Totally depends on the nature of your job and how much you love doing it. I say its totally up to how you feel after giving birth, if they allow you to work from home and you have the desire and energy. And I always worked until my due date but I know people who like to have a bit time to themselves before the birth too.

Layla posted this 20 July 2019

I did a lot of freelance work.

Leighton posted this 20 July 2019

I recently had my baby in June and was planning on working until my due date but near the end decided that was just not possible! I am an RN so was on my feet 12 hours a night. I ended up having my baby early so I only took off about a week before my baby was here but if I could do it again I would try to take at least 2 weeks off to try to relax and take some time for myself. Its different for everyone but it really does get exhausting towards the end. 

Dre posted this 20 November 2019

As an architect I was quite busy up until my due date, but I opted to work from home about a full 2 weeks before due date, just to be more comfortable, off feet more, less travel, and to give myself this sort of transition.

may posted this 20 November 2019

I was fortunate to not have to work during pregnancy but now I need to find a job in order to pay off my student loans but i just want to be with my baby ):

Dre posted this 13 February 2020

I work in NYC so to me I love my job but it's hard to imagine continuing with a baby soon.  I would likely have to start now or soon in redeveloping myself or start freelancing and seeing if I can sustain that way and shift the way I work for awhile.