I was PLANING on working up till the day he came So that I can use my vaca/sick time for when he was here. Now at 38 weeks my ankles swell terribly, I'm exhausted and hurt in every part of my body. Doctor doesn't give me a happy look when she hears I'm still working but says as long as I can handle it then okay. My ankles are beyond huge today and I'm wondering if it's time to give it quits. When did you stop?
I have a very active on my feet health care field job so it's not like I can really just put my feet up :(
With my first till the day I was laid off. I was 7 months along. Never worked with my second and third. This time I am working part time at home doing child care. I am trying to decide what I want to do.
The first I worked up until the day she was born. The second I worked until 7 months because at that point it became a huge pain to trudge a mile through the mud every morning to get to my car and go to work (we didn't have a road to our house and the nearest road was a mile away)
I planned to work until 39 weeks. I wound up being put on sort of bed rest at about 36 weeks. I was stressing myself out and not staying hydrated so my doctor felt it was best for me to stay home and relax. This pregnacy I will have a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks 1 day so I will probably work up to 38 weeks.
With my first I worked right up until she was born -- she was actually born about an hour before my shift was supposed to start on that particular day! With my son, I worked until about 4 weeks before my due date thinking he'd be 2 weeks early like his sister. Turns out he waited until the day after his due date to show up! I haven't been back to work since then.
I didn't, I worked the day I went into labor. I had a pretty easy pregnancy though and while I was more tired and sore the last few weeks, I was able to work and I wanted to save as much of my maternity leave as possible for after the baby was born. I'm a waitress in a diner. But if you feel you need to stop, stop.