Some take a month off, others work until they have contractions…
Imagine your contractions are 2 minutes apart and 30 seconds long. You’re probably already at the hospital, or at least you’re on your way. Suddenly you remember it’s a Monday morning and you’re expected at your desk in half an hour. Argh!
I’m not certain I can think of anything worse than calling my boss, mid contraction, to say I won’t be coming in today.
Frankly, I would have finished work last Friday, at 24 weeks. I’m exhausted and my house is a mess. Despite the fact that my day job involves sitting at a desk for most of the day, I’m starting to wonder how much longer I can keep this up.
This begs the question, just how far up until your due date should you work?
To answer this question I of course turned to the internet. It would not surprise you that the answers varied from “stop working now, you crazy lady” to “you have to work until your waters break”.
Until your waters break? Really?
A quick scan of parenting forums suggest it’s not unusual to work late into pregnancy and sometimes right up to your due date. Some women seemed to make working up until labour starts a point of pride. One commenter was at the office at 3pm with an induction scheduled for 9pm that night.
More often than not, though, women were saying they wanted to maximise their parental leave for after baby arrives. With most families relying on a dual income for their everyday lives, not to mention the cost of childcare this is not so surprising.
So what’s the best option?
Well, fairly obviously, the best option is one that takes into account your health, the health of your baby, your personal circumstances and your own preferences.