How many weeks/days before your due date did you start your mat leave? I’m hearing some women work until they go into labor but I’m worried I would leave some projects before completion-I’m not sure how this would work. I’d like some days to myself before the baby is born too!

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0. Worked until I went into labor for both. For me, I didn’t mind and had good pregnancies where I felt great the whole time. That being said, I was still constantly worried about how I could leave things in the air so I over communicated with my team so that the most they could “lose” would be 1 day and that would be if I went into labor mid-day.

Try to identify discrete tasks that can be completed in a day and don’t worry too much about the projects.

I joke all the time that people give their 2 weeks notice all the time and it’s acceptable, however when a woman gives
4+ months notice that there will be a break in her output, people act shocked when the baby comes :)


Same boat, found my replacement 3 weeks before due date, did transfer work, wrote out where everything was, communicated every day when it started getting closer. Had my second baby an hour after water broke so it was a fast transition to mat leave


It varies by state - some states (I think NJ and CA) allow 4 weeks prior to due date while the rest are 2 weeks prior. It’s up to you if you feel like you’d want/need that time before.

I delivered early with my first and had no “down time” prior. It would have been nice to have I’m sure. I’m pregnant with my second and I’m planning to take the 2 weeks before (hoping I don’t go early again). Give yourself a break before if u can - even if u just rest and prep


I waited but had already transitioned most of my work so was just finishing admin things and typing up notes for the new managers.


0, was muting my phone during contractions while on a work call 😂


I’m due this Sunday and still working. But I’ve completely trained my replacement so I basically do 2 hours of work a day answering questions and then relax the rest of the day. I don’t want to use up any vacation time now, I want to save it all for when the baby comes. But I’m also still feeling good.


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I worked the day I went into the hospital to be induced. I wanted to save my time for when the baby was born. However, I don't think it's a good idea to take time off before baby to prevent projects from being left undone. Honestly, you may end up leaving projects undone no matter what and it isn't realistic for your job to expect everything to be seamlessly wound up. I literally got one day's notice that I was being induced 3 weeks early. Shit happens and the people in your office need to learn to roll with it. You're having a baby, they can be flexible.

I only got 12 weeks and wanted it all post birth so I worked until the Friday before my Monday induction. If I had more leave, I agree a week or so to get things ready and decompress would’ve been nice to have. More than that though and I think I would’ve gotten bored and antsy. Good luck!

I worked until I went into labor with my first. I was induced with my second so I took the day off before to take a nap and see a movie.

I started transitioning my files 3-4 weeks before my due date. I also didn’t start maternity leave until my due date, but my work load was much lighter by the time I reached my due date (minus 1 crisis project!).

My first one arrived three weeks early my second one arrived 10 days early. So for the first one I had no time to myself and for the second I had like two days. So you know you just go with it. And best of luck to you.

I worked until the day I went into labor, but a few weeks before I started a document that updated any projects that would need focus while I was out and updated the document daily.

We get 2 weeks prior to your EDD. But if you go into labor prematurely I’m not sure what they do

About 5 days before but I had been wrapping up matters for weeks before. I had gestational hypertension towards the end of my pregnancy (starting at 36 weeks) so I was basically useless from then on; I stopped working around 37 weeks but then had an emergency C-section at 38 weeks. My job was technically 12 weeks paid, and I wanted to wait until giving birth to start it but they really didn’t care and I took the full 12 weeks from the date my daughter was born

PwC puts you on leave at 38 weeks and my baby was born at 41+5

I technically worked up until the dates I went into labor, but the last week before giving birth was on a flex schedule. For both babies, I was going out in the middle of busy season so I tiered my work into 1) “I must be the one to do this before going out”, 2) it would be ideal if I could get to this and 3) tasks I transitioned early because they didn’t need my experience. I had running to do lists that I went over with my teams about 3-4 weeks out and I sent out final versions during my last week.

Two weeks!

Started maternity leave on Wednesday and went into labor Thursday. Obviously didn’t know that would happen, but my plan was to go out five days before my due date. I said as long as I feel ok, I’m going to keep working and save days for after the baby was born.

With my first it was mid august, I started to work from home a week before my due date because of the heat.

With my second, I had to use my PTO or I lost it so I had about 3 weeks before my due date.

Im currently pregnant and will be induced next Monday, took 2 weeks off, the first being PTO and this week is STD

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