: When did you commence maternity leave?

  • As soon as I found out I was pregnant

    1 0.83%
  • First trimester

    1 0.83%
  • Second trimester

    9 7.50%
  • Third trimester

    83 69.17%
  • Until my due date

    26 21.67%
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thread: When did you start maternity leave?

  1. #55
    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2010
    gold coast

    I was on my feet all day during my pregnancies, I left work 4 weeks before my due date each time (an my planned due date for 2nd bub). But i would have left earlier if it was becomming too much. 10.5 hour shifts with lots of heavy lifting sounds pretty full on to me. Even if u can start reducing the hours you work or they can find u a less strenuous roll as your pregnancy progresses?

  2. #56
    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2009
    In a House in a Street

    Hi Ladies

    I hopefully plan on working till 36 - 37 weeks. I work in an office in air con all day so I don't see a problem with working later if I feel ok to do so. My work also like you to finish up at 6 weeks to go and require a medical certificte if you want to work longer.

  3. #57
    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2008

    At 23 weeks I cut back to very part time, <8 hours per week, and then left permanently at 27 weeks.

    Financially, it's just started to get a bit tight, but it's really important to us.

    I get really annoyed when people ask "what do you do with your time then?" - I am spending this time just being pregnant. I sew, I knit, I nest. I do the time-consuming things that save us cash and allow us to have me home for this time, and for two years after this baby is born.

  4. #58
    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2010
    Albs, WA

    I had a few weeks off at around 13weeks, as I lost one twin and had hyperemesis. I then ended up working until 32weeks as we were moving interstate.
    I was in a physical job and actually lied to the rostering guy about my EDD to keep getting shifts (the big boss knew and was happy for me to stay until I popped, but the roster guy was a jerk and as most of us were casual he loved playing power games if he had a reason to cut your shifts)

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