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Asked by padey2014

Q: Am I being lazy?!! :-/

Hi everyone im wanting to take my maternity leave at 33 weeks do you think this is too soon as I havent got anything physically wrong with me and my pregnancy is going fine....im just going to throw this out there im just absolutely tired!! i cant reduce my hours and my job is physical (i.e standing long periods rushing about etc) im a chef and there isnt really any light duties they can put me on as you can understand the job is what it is....Im just finding it really hard...I will have 5 weeks hols to use up after baby is born at the other end of my maternity so can make up time with my baby then....was just wondering what you guys thought as feel abit of a wuss!!lol...cheers.x

This question was asked Apr. 3, 2014 6:00pm
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Answered by MDD2011 - Apr. 7, 2014 2:39am
Just saw that you don't have to return until baby is 8 months old.. in that case, take leave early!!! If you have that much time saved up to last part of the leave, may as well enjoy your time now, get things ready and pamper yourself a little. No need to stress if you don't have to!!!

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Answered by MDD2011 - Apr. 7, 2014 2:37am
Sounds like your maternity leave is 12 weeks. As nice as it sounds to take leave early at 33 weeks, having 5 weeks at home once baby is born isn't that much. You're not going to want to go back to work probably and still be so tired!! I have an exhausting job, too, where I'm on my feet 12+ hours every shift and it sucks!! Maybe try to wait it out as long as you can and take leave at 36-37 weeks so you get to enjoy your little one before you have to go back to work. As always though, you know what is best for your family and you have to do what you feel right doing! Good luck!! :)

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Answered by hayleycynthia - Apr. 5, 2014 3:27pm
Take the time! I have a physical job - on my feet all day - and I landed up with preterm rupture of membranea at 34 weeks from overdoing it. (I could feel I was overdoing it but my job was such that I couldn't stop.) My little girl wasborn at 35w2d and spent 5 days in NICU. So if you can take the time off. My pregnancy was totally normal up til then.

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Answered by padey2014 - Apr. 4, 2014 9:12pm
Thanks a lot guys :-D xxx

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Answered by acrichton - Apr. 4, 2014 7:24pm
I know exactly how you feel!!! I am a food service director but I still have to cook for large events. Being in front of a stove or grill for hours is exhausting, and you are on your feet all day as a chef. If you have the maternity to take early I wouldnt blame you for taking it!

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Answered by acrichton - Apr. 4, 2014 7:23pm
I know

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Answered by JLMarks - Apr. 4, 2014 5:06pm
I had a feeling you were from one of those awesome places that give better maternity leave than the states. With that being said get off your feet and relax. :)

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Answered by Jelly-Bean - Apr. 4, 2014 8:23am
Hi! If you only have to go back to work once baby is 8 months old I'd DEFINITELY go on leave!!

We only get 4 months so I usually try to go as long as possible but it gets hard once you hit 30+ weeks.
With my first I was booked off sick a week and took 2 weeks BEFORE she was born aswell..

Go ahead.. REST! you'll need it later too :)

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Answered by dakotagurrl - Apr. 4, 2014 1:29am
I worked in kitchens from 16-23yrs old, and it is a tough job that most dont understand. U are on ur feet constantly and not always mobile, theres a lot of lifting and repetitive movements, its hot as hell in there, lotsa stress and at times its incredibly fast paced. It doesnt, by any means, make u a wuss for wanting to stop 7wks early. U can take that time to relax and pamper urself, spend some time with the hub/fam, double, triple and quadruple check that everything is absolutely perfect for baby...I think if ur able to do it, then do it! Most would if the option was available to them.

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Answered by padey2014 - Apr. 3, 2014 9:05pm
Im in the UK we can have a full 12 month off however only 9 month of that is paid. The first 6 weeks at 90% of your average wage then the remaining at stat which works out around £135.00 to £140.00 per week.xx

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