When To Take Mat Leave

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Beth - October 17

My boss is trying to make me take my mat leave at the middle of Dec, christmas at the latest, I'm due Feb 02, and I think that I want to work rith up until Jan 15. My boss was put on bed rest two months before her due date, so she doesn't want to be stuck without a receptionist. My job is easy, I never have anything physical to do and pretty much just sit on my ass all day! Did any of you ladies have a desk job, how far did you go before your due date? I really don't know what to expect....thanks in advance for your replies...

 

SRG - October 17

Hi Beth, I am due on Nov 10th and I am going to work unitl Oct 28th, I work in an office. They cannot make you take your leave early, it is up to you. I live in Canada and we get 1 year off, and I am wanting to spend as much of that time with the baby as possible so to work as long as I can makes the most sense. Do not let your boss pressure you and if you feel well enough to work then I suggest you continue working. Good Luck!

 

Kelly K - October 17

I'm due November 4th and I'm still working. I'll work until I go into labor. I would tell her you don't want to take off until you're closer to your due date. That there is no reason for you to unless it's medically necessary. Or I would offer to take off at full pay if that is what she really wants and not have it counted towards your maternity leave.

 

YC - October 17

Hi Beth, I am due 12/17 and plan to work until then or as close as possible. I sit at a desk most of the day. I only get 6 weeks off for a v____al birth and 8 weeks off for a c-secion so I dont want to use any of that time before she gets here. I dont think that your job can put you on leave before your doctor orders it just so they aren't stuck. I like Kelly K's idea...how nice would it be to stay home with pay and have it not count against your maternity leave...I wish!

 

SRG - October 17

Kelly....love your idea! Great one!

 

tracy - October 17

i'm due nov. 18 and plan on working until the 11. i'm in canada too, so we get a year off and i don't want to miss any time with baby! they totally can't pressure you to leave early if you don't want to - besides, everybody's experience is so different, that just because she was on bedrest, it has absolutely nothing to do with your situation. i like SRG's suggestion too - or have your boss hire a temp. receptionist to 'shadow' you for the last few weeks if that would make her feel better - and then, if say, you go into labour early etc. there'll be somebody there to pick up where you've left off. i'm in marketing and my replacement started last week and will be there for the next month, so there shouldn't be many bumps in the road when i do go on mat. leave. good luck! :)

 

Beth - October 17

Thanx for all the responses, I know she can't force me into it, I checked into the labour board, I get to decide when I go, I was just wondering how uncompfortable it will be to work right until the end. My last day of work will be January 13, that way I have atleast 2 weeks to drive myself crazy! I'll probably break my chair by then, I wonder if they can force you into mat leave if you keep on breaking chairs ;) just joking, thanx for all the input, I appreciate hearing other preggo's point of view.

 

Kelly K - October 17

The way I see it.. we're going to be uncomfortable any way we go.. it's part of being pregnant. At least while I'm working I don't have the time to just dwell on it. It's helped keep me sane (as much as possible anyway) through the last month or so.

 

Kim - October 17

I'm due Nov 7th. My last day of work is Oct 24th. I'm taking vacation time up until baby arrives. I can't take maternity leave until I am disabled "or my doctor instructs me that I can no longer work". So that pretty much means whenever I go into labor.

 

marianne - October 17

i'm due on 12/23/05 and my doc is going to put me off starting 11/14/05 due to serious sciatica pain and the stress of my job. Although I have a desk job, sitting all day causes my pain to worsen. I'm afraid I'll go crazy at home for 4-6 weeks but I'm sure I'll be busy preparing:) I have a year off starting from the day I take off. You do what you feel is right for you...nobody else can make that decision for you.. just maybe your bank account!! LOL

 

rae - October 17

im due dec. 18th, and i plan on working at least through the end of november. i dont know how long exactly i get off for mat. leave, but i know that i want to use it after, not before. ive heard stories of women leaving a week before their due date, and others who worked right up until they went into labor. its pretty much what you are comfortable with. if you are having a painful pregnancy, and time off would possibly help, then go for it, but if you are at a desk, and you feel like its healthy for you and baby to keep working, then theres no reason why you shouldnt. good luck. im glad that you have a date set that you are leaving. dont let your boss's worries take over. its a form of hara__sment if she starts in on your pregnancy. she should be more worried about her receptionists health than her possibly having to go a day or two without one, but i guess sometimes bosses arent really thinking about that. but the other ladies are right, she cant make you leave. she cant cut your hours when you get back, she cant cut your pay.. good luck with everything! let us know how things keep shaping up...

 

MELISSA K - October 17

WELL I AM BEING INDUCED ON OCT 24TH, I HAVE BEEN WORKING FROM HOME FOR A WK NOW. I PLAN ON TAKING 2 WKS OFF THEN MY BOSS HAS WORKED OUT A PLAN FOR ME TO WORK FROM HOME FOR GOOD. I HAVE A WONDERFUL BOSS WHO BELEIVES IN FAMILY BUT UNDERSTANDS YOU HAVE TO HAVE MONEY. SO GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND IF YOU CAN HANG IN THERE UNTIL THE BABY IS BORN THAN DO SO, BC THE TIME AFTER IS SO IMPORTANT. THE FACT THAT CANADA GIVES A 1YR OFF FOR MATERNITY LEAVE THAT IS AWESOME.

 

Ashlie - October 17

I was due 2 days ago and still going to work for 12 hours a day. I have a very comfy job though. It all depends on when you feel comfortable with taking off and what you can afford. Good luck

 

Kim - October 17

I am 28 weeks today and I am working up until 10/28, with a due date of 10/31. I work in sales and I am just planning on slowing down these last two weeks. I am either driving hours a day in a car or I am standing but I still feel pretty good and I think that remaining active has contributed to that. Beth, your boss cannot force you to take leave and you should work as long as you feel comfortable and your doctor approves. I will only have 3-4 months off and I want as much of that time to be spent with my baby.

 

rae - October 18

i just wanted to tell melissa k... thats amazing. i wish we all had bosses like that...

 

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