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When to stop working when pregnant

I am currently in the last trimester of my first pregnancy and would welcome any advice/thoughts regarding how soon I should stop working before the baby comes??? Thanks!
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

My wife worked up till the week before due date. Then again, she is a midwife, so was "in situ" so to speak in case anything happened unexpectedly.
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

How do YOU feel?
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

i'm in my last trimester too... and my doc suggested that i give up work four weeks from the due date.

but i guess it depends on how stressful your job is. as it is for me, i work very flexible hours and days, as i have a very understanding boss, so i will take each day as it comes.

but i know people who have worked a week before their due date.

you should perhaps ask your doc and see what they say.

best of luck!
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

2 trains of thought.

Either until a week before delivery date (usually because you want to prove to yourself that you still can)

Or until about a month or 6 weeks beforehand - because these are you last quiet moments on this earth.

Your doctor can also give you a note, which you give to your employer, (krankgeschrieben) that "calls you sick" and means you "can" only work 50%, but you will still be paid 100%.
I would do this when you start having problems breathing and getting to work on time in the morning, because you are getting too exhausted.
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

I think it really depends what kind of a job you have and how your pregnancy is going. If you are healthy you could work right up until you deliver, but don't forget, you'll never be allowed to sleep in ever again after the baby is born!!!
If I could go back in time I would have stopped working earlier (I stopped in my 8th month) and enjoyed sleeping and doing what I want when I want for as long as possible before having the baby!
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

I am pregnant. I am in my 29 weeks.

I am not working but I have a toddler to run after.

I need a nap every afternoon because I am totally drained. This is why I asked you how YOU feel.
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

Thanks everyone for your feedback so far...

As for me, I have been feeling ok till now (aside from some pretty serious back pain and fatigue - but I figure that is pretty normal/common by this stage of pregnancy). My doctor has already reduced me to 50% because of the nature of my job (a lot of sitting which seems to make the back pain much worse) and I think he will propose soon that I quit all together - but I have concerns about leaving work too soon (still have 6 weeks to go) and being bored and/or how this will look to my employer, yet on the other hand, I worry about not taking enough time to rest and be at my best for the birth and beyond...
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Thanks everyone for your feedback so far...

As for me, I have been feeling ok till now (aside from some pretty serious back pain and fatigue - but I figure that is pretty normal/common by this stage of pregnancy). My doctor has already reduced me to 50% because of the nature of my job (a lot of sitting which seems to make the back pain much worse) and I think he will propose soon that I quit all together - but I have concerns about leaving work too soon (still have 6 weeks to go) and being bored and/or how this will look to my employer, yet on the other hand, I worry about not taking enough time to rest and be at my best for the birth and beyond...

You won't be bored. Take this last opportunity to do all the things that are going to be harder to do when you have newborn who has turned you life upside down.

Read a book or 4
Sleep in
Go out for morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea
Treat yourself to a manicure
Catch up with friends
Spend 2 hours getting your hair done
Go for a walk in the beautiful sunshine
Prepare a few meals to freeze
Spend hours on EF
Have an afternoon nana nap
Watch mindless daytime tv
Watch those movies you have never got around to watching
Knit some booties

Enjoy doing things just for you as it will be a long long long time until you can do it again! (speaking from experience of having 4 kids in 5 years )
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

My suggestion would be 4 weeks before due date AS LONG AS YOU ARE FIT

Also, it is not all or nothing If you work 100% you can also reduce first to 50% and then to nothing.

With my first pregancy, I worked 100% until 4 weeks before due date, then went to 50% and was wanting to reduce to 0% 2 weeks before but... surprise... baby came 2 weeks earyl It was good on one side as no time was wasted wondering when exactly she would arrive but on hindsight, 2 weeks of rest before the storm would not have been bad

I am now pregnant the second time and it is very different... am working 80% on everyday schedule and am sooooo tired with having to look after a 2 yrs old too, that I am thinking of reducing to 50% at 30 weeks, then to 0% at about 34 weeks, especially as there is a high chance second baby will be early too

This whole story to say that there is no universal rule, it really depends what you want and how you feel.

From a work law stand point, how this period will be treated/paid etc depends on your firms policy.

However, the 14/16 (depending on Kanton) weeks statutory maternity ALWAYS start from delivery.

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Old 14.02.2011, 16:57
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

what is the law here? In France maternity leave starts 6 weeks before the due date ( we count 41 weeks so at 31SA) . In china, I had to work until 2 weeks before my due date.
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what is the law here? In France maternity leave starts 6 weeks before the due date ( we count 41 weeks so at 31SA) . In china, I had to work until 2 weeks before my due date.
The law states you have 14 weeks (16 for some Kanton) as of the day the child is born (NOT the due date)

Anything you choose to do BEFORE delivery is either governed by extra leave granted by the employer or is considered sick lick and governed by sick leave policy in your company.

You are NOT allowed to work for 8 weeks after the delivery date, then you can choose to go back to work.

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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

Just found this handout from SECO (PDF).
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Just found this handout from SECO (PDF).
SECO pdf

Funny The handouot says not to lift more than 10kg regularly.... not really possible with a 15kg toddler running about and needing to be lifted in and out of bed/the bath/a cuddle etc etc etc

Am just back from obstetrician and work scheduled reduced to 50% due to too much tiredness and early contractions.... so here we are

Kind of glad as I will be able to rest and take care of myself but cannot help feeling guilty for the job... stupid hein?

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Funny The handouot says not to lift more than 10kg regularly.... not really possible with a 15kg toddler running about and needing to be lifted in and out of bed/the bath/a cuddle etc etc etc

Am just back from obstetrician and work scheduled reduced to 50% due to too much tiredness and early contractions.... so here we are

Kind of glad as I will be able to rest and take care of myself but cannot help feeling guilty for the job... stupid hein?

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Screw the job (you mind, some here screw butter or pies...)

Get that time to rest and enjoy! How many weeks you are in?
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Screw the job (you mind, some here screw butter or pies...)

Get that time to rest and enjoy! How many weeks you are in?
28...

I know, I know... all the rational me knows but....

But yes, will enjoy it as soon as it has sunk in

Ciao
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

I planed to work until 36th week. But at week 27th I was hospitalized for unknown bleeding and then completely bedrest in hospital for 7 weeks with constantly infusion because of the risk of pre- term delivery. When I reached week 34th, they removed medication from me and immediately baby came. I've stayed away from work since week 27th and I will not go back to work. I was totally healthy until week 27th. My job was also very flexible and nothing stressful.
I mean for pregnancy anything can happen. I wish I'd had sometime before birth to do my planned things. Now sometimes I feel so depressed because things have happened too unexpectedly.
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Re: When to stop working when pregnant

I planned to work up to 10 days before due date but at 34w3d I was told to finish work there and then, I nodded to my gyne but sneaked back into work the next 2 days as I couldn't just leave an untidy desk and computer full of projects not finished, I went back to see my gyne again 2 days later and he sent me straight to hospital on bed rest for a week then I had a section at exactly 4 weeks early! I was so cocky thinking yeah I can work right up till the end (and maybe greedy for money too being self employed) anyway moral of the story is that I wished I had wound down and cleared my desk and projects way before hand. I think if I were to be pregnant again I would plan to finish 4 weeks before as you really have no idea what is around the corner and I think it's unfair on your employers also to leave them in the lurch as I clearly did
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