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When do I get to take off work?

May 19th, 2008 at 05:31 pm

I was watching a show at 4am this morning about pregnancy (unfortunatly I just couldn't sleep) and they mentioned they typical 'medical leave' time for pregnant women. between 36 and 39 weeks many women get medical leave to take off work.

So when do I get to take off work? Smile mostly kidding, I get to put myself on 'light duty' anytime I want.

But it did bring up a question..don't those women get bored waiting for their first kid? Not that there is nothing to do, just that the weeks before birth the last thing I want is time to wish the kid would hurry wont in all likely hood, and mom is left answering all sorts of 'yes I ams till pregnant' questions. Amazingly enough family who hasn't called in months suddenly has to call at week 40, just in case you forgot to tell them you had the kid.

If you have an older kid at least they distract you from the wonder. And now that I have three, plus more commitments, I really don't have time to wish the kid would hurry up..except at 4am when I can't sleep Smile.

7 Responses to “When do I get to take off work?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I worked up until the day I gave birth with my girls. I took the medical leave that was paid and stayed home for 6 weeks and 9 weeks, respectively.

    Sounds like you are having a healthy pregnancy. When are you due?

  2. miclason Says:

    LOL! I had planned to take 1 week before Ale's due date (July 1st), so June 23 (Friday) was my last day at work. I went to the beauty parlor on Saturday morning(manicure/pedicure/hair treatment) and went into labor on Sunday at 11pm! - so, no, I didn't get to take a week off!

  3. disneysteve Says:

    Keep in mind that many women aren't able to continue to work until delivery. Due to fatigue, back pain, swelling and other issues, they may find themselves physically unable to put in an 8-hour day, especially if their job requires being on their feet all day. So not everyone who stops working in those last weeks does so by choice. And I know plenty of women who were on total bedrest toward the end of the pregnancy.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    I wasn't bored at all, and I am with Steve. The last 7 weeks I pretty much could not work full-time.

    But yeah, I don't remember being bored. I remember being exhausted and having a million things to do before the baby arrived. OF course, there is much more to my life than work, even before kids. Big Grin Actually, my husband wasn't working at the time so we really enjoyed the calm before the storm - hehe.

  5. zetta Says:

    I quit work at around 32 weeks -- I planned to be a SAHM for awhile anyway, and so decided to give myself an extra month's vacation before the baby arrived. (My theory was that the baby could come as early as 36 weeks, and I wanted to make sure I got my break!) I wasn't bored in the slightest! Just had lots of me time, reading books, puttering around the house, and generally nesting -- I felt compelled to wash the downstairs windows a week before the baby was born! By the time I delivered, I was mentally very well rested, and I think the big break helped with the transition into parenthood.

  6. nanamom Says:

    Um If you had had the baby already do you really think you would be asleep at 4 AM? Of course you wold be able to share some of th ehold the baby chore" but not much with nursing and letting you DH be ready for work the next day! Hopefully he gets some time off when the baby comes to give you a hand?

  7. princessperky Says:

    I am not knocking the medical need, I do know of some folk. And I can see having a husband around would stave off boredom, but I honestly prefer to keep active than relax..but then like I said, I am a stay at home mom, I get to take it easy Smile
    And no my husband gets no paid time off, but he will be working from home for a bit.

    I am due early June.

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