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

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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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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 Paolen - Apr. 3, 2014 6:32pm
I would say it would be better to have more time with your baby once he is born. You will find that a baby at 5 weeks is still very small and you would want to have more time with him. But I guess it is just up to you. I would rather stay at work until the baby is born.

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Answered by JLMarks - Apr. 3, 2014 8:28pm
Where are you from and how many weeks total do you get? We get up to 12 here paid if you have time saved if not its not paid. I will work up until the day she is born so I have time with her when she is here.

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Answered by Rainbowbaby92 - Apr. 3, 2014 7:50pm
I'm planning on finishing at 32 weeks. I work 12hr shifts and am on my feet all day I'm struggling at 11 weeks there's no way I could work till 35 weeks! I have enough holiday leave to take 8 weeks before bubs is born and then maternity leave kicks in once bubs arrives..

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Answered by Sparkle0406 - Apr. 3, 2014 6:36pm
Do what you think is best for you, i finished at 34wks mainly due to having GD but i'm so glad i did i'm due to be induced next week at 38wks and i'm so relaxed and feel really rested. You dont say if your in the UK or elsewhere so not sure how much maternity you'll have but personally if your rested before baby arrives you'll have the strength for labour and beyond

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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 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 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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