Maternity Leave?

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  1. teachin4ever

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    Hey everyone!

    My principal came into my classroom Thursday to ask when I planned on taking time off to deliver my baby. I told him I wasn't sure but that I would get back to him.

    I'm due June 9 and school doesn't get out until June 17. Obviously I'm going to need a sub, but when should I tell my P I need one? I was thinking of working up until I deliver - is this a bad idea? Do most people take off the week before their due date, just in case?

    Obviously this is my first and I don't really know what would be the smart thing to do. On one hand, I can see taking a little time off before the due date in case he comes early (or to just rest a bit before), but on the other hand, I think I might drive myself crazy sitting at home just "waiting" to have the baby.

    Any advice?
     
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  3. czacza

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    What does your doctor say? If you are feeling great, there's no reason to take off too early, but of course the school wants to consider subs for the time you're out. Your timing is perfect, though! You could go outin early June, leaving great plans for the last two weeks of school and really have no worries. Are you going back to school in September?
     
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    I worked right up until the day before Julia was born.

    Went to a faculty meeting, took Brian to the pediatrician, went to CVS for his prescription (ear infection), made dinner, did the dishes, went to the chiropractor and went in to labor that night. By the time classes started the next morning she had been born.

    In your shoes, I would let school know that I PLANNED to work up to the end, unless the baby or the doctor thought otherwise. Sitting around, waiting to go into labor, would drive me batty.
     
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    czacza,

    Thanks for the reply. I have been feeling perfect, so far! So do you recommend I have the sub start a week before my due date, or just keep on truckin' until I have him?

    I'm not sure if I'm going back in September. I'd like to, but at the same time, I feel that maybe I should take advantage of the opportunity to stay at home with my baby while I can.
     
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    This makes sense. And I agree, I think sitting around waiting would drive me crazy, also. I'd much rather stay busy to keep my mind off things!

    Thanks for the reply, Alice!
     
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    I worked up until the last minute with both of mine. With Ashley I'd been home for about 20 min. before my water broke, good thing I had left early for an ultrasound. With Brandon I worked that day, spending every spare minute cleaning. Came home, cleaned some more, had dinner went to bed, water broke & he came.

    Both times hubby was sick.
     
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    I had one baby on the last day of Christmas Break - she was due 12/21, and our break ran from 12/20-1/4. She was late, clearly, but the plan had just been to work up until break and then have the baby sometime during break...

    Second baby was born in August. That was easy.

    Third baby was born 9/12. I worked up until 9/11...went home after work, dropped babies 1 and 2 off at my mom's, and left for the hospital. She was a scheduled c/s....but the plan was to work up until I went into labor if she arrived prior to her scheduled date.
     
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    I think it is too soon to really tell how you will feel a few months from now, but I would ask my doctor what he usually recommends. Some people do great working until their due dates so they can use their leave once the baby comes, but some are miserable or need bed rest. Either way, I would try to do planning for June way in advance so you don't have to be stressed by it if you aren't feeling great. Good luck!
     
  10. Tasha

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    I would ask the doctor, they will have better advice based on your medical history. I went on bedrest on spring break in March and my twins were due in July. However, I had lot of risks for complications - twins, rising blood pressure, and short cervix.
     
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    I was in a lot of back pain by the end of my pregnancy, so I went out a week earlier than I had originally planned. I went out when I was 37 weeks, 3 days and stayed out until my son was 14 weeks old. I could've pushed it and stayed longer, but I wanted to rest a bit and finish getting ready for my son. He actually came at 39 weeks, 1 day, so I had about a week and a half off to relax and rest up for the non-stop life that I've had for the last 15 months. :)

    Good luck with your decision! In my district, you get 3 days with your sub before you go out.
     
  12. Ranchwife

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    I would recommend going out a week before your due date so you can have some you time. You get maternity leave, so use it. If you go out a week early, you can get a mani/pedi, read a book, relax, sleep in (lets face it your sleep-in time is nearing an end), spend time with your man without any interruptions, get a hair cut, do some last minute cleaning, cook a few large casseroles to put in the freezer for after the baby is born, and so on. I went out 3 weeks before my daughter was born (my principal told me she was tired of worrying about me), and 5 days before my son was born. It was so worth it.
     

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