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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 00:41 AM   11
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Thanks to all of your help.

I'm in a really weird position where I work for one company but my shifts are in different locations. One shift per week I do is particularly physical, yet the rest is easygoing. So I'm concerned about that one difficult shift, if it wasn't for that, I could work quite late into my pregnancy etc...



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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 07:36 AM   12
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They do have to make allowances for you so you can say you are not doing that shift after X weeks, they legally have to make adjustments for you x



 
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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 17:02 PM   13
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I teach and plan on starting after the April holidays, so roughly 36 weeks but stopping work on week 34 for the two weeks holiday. If I get my elcs that will give me 3 weeks.
I did toy with working until 37 weeks but felt bad for the supply for my class, as they would end up with one weekend to prepare (potentially) a terms worth of stuff. I plan on prepping over the April holiday and giving my plans in, but felt it would be better for the other teacher to not just appear midweek and instead start the whole term fresh.



 
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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 20:18 PM   14
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I finished at 37 weeks last time and this time I am finishing at 37.5 but am taking a couple weeks of holidays first so I don't have to use up my maternity leave. Personally, I absolutely needed the time and wasn't bored for a single second. I am never ever bored when I'm not working, but as people said everyone is different. I would think 37 weeks is enough time if you are feeling okay!



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2017, 03:34 AM   15
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I'm planning to finish at 37 weeks. My work policy states we can work up to 3 weeks before our due date although after 34 weeks I need to get a certificate to say I'm fit to work (even though it is just in and office!)

With my 1st baby I worked to 36 weeks which was nice but I probably didn't need that much time. He was born at 40+1 so I had 4 weeks to relax at least.

With my 2nd I only did part time work and I think I finished at 37 weeks. I was more exhasted from looking after my 3 year old though, working probably would have been easier!



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2017, 06:39 AM   16
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I worked until 10 days before due date and then used 4 days holiday so my mat leave only started 6 days before my due date. I did struggle to find the energy to go to work at the end but it also meant that I didn't get bored of waiting for baby to arrive, and I will have more time off with both my kids now that I have 2 to look after. It just depends on how you feel really.



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2017, 08:35 AM   17
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Thanks so much for all your help.

I contacted my employer today. I've taken three weeks maternity before due date and will add a week or more of annual leave beforehand if I feel I need longer or am struggling.

It is very hard for me to know what to expect or how I'll feel. It's my first pregnancy and I've no idea how I'll be physically in those last few weeks etc.



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Old Jan 4th, 2017, 14:17 PM   18
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I think it depends on your job and how your pregnancy is going.
Last pregnancy I worked in a preschool as was planning to work until 35w (cause then it was christmas holidays) but as i had a few days off sick work asked me to go early as i wasnt any good for myself or the kids so i left at 34w. I enjoyed the time off but as i said it was also over christmas.

This time im a sahm with our ds. I actually think its much harder than having a job whilst pregnant so no time off for me

I would say it depends on your job and health. I had an awful pregnancy with ds but this time and much more able to carry on as it were.
I agree use your holiday if possible. That wasnt an option for me as i was term time only. Xx



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 06:48 AM   19
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I'm working up to 39 weeks...because of the timing of the end of the school year it works for me to take only about 5 work days off before my due date and I'll miss the last week of school but then it's summer vacation. I don't have a lot of time off accrued and am trying to minimize how much pay I'll lose, should hopefully only lose 4-5 days or less depending on how much time I have to take off for appointments or sick leave between now and then. US here so no paid maternity. I'm taking an unpaid year next year though, we have enough saved up.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2017, 02:41 AM   20
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Well, all I can say is just be prepared. I had planned on taking leave 3 weeks before my edd. But my dr pulled me out of work and put me on modified bedrest at 33 weeks, which got lifted to "take it easy". My cervix was funneling and shortening, and she felt my body needed rest otherwise I'd go into labor. She was right. After 2 weeks of rest, my cervix looked normal! Baby came at 37.5 weeks.

Good luck!! Rest as much as you can (although I know how hard that is in 3rd tri!).



 
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