How soon can you go back to work after you have a baby?

How soon after your baby is born can you go back to work?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on Oct. 15, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I guess as soon as you want. but the medical leave is 6 weeks for vaginal delivery and 8 weeks for c section
    VictinaG

    Answer by VictinaG at 11:13 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • That depends on how you handle the birth, and what your doctor recommends. FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) states you can take up to 12 weeks off from your work, without pay. The typical maternity leave is six weeks.
    redmoonintexas

    Answer by redmoonintexas at 11:14 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • my mom went back 1-2wks later with both of her little kids i'm 10 yrs older then they are. my sister went back 8-10wks because she had c-secs and she had problems afterward. like the last poster said it all depends on the type of delivery and how your body handles it.
    edgpag

    Answer by edgpag at 11:20 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • haha... my question would be "how long can I stay away from work?" I'm definitely looking forward to the time off!
    lamr

    Answer by lamr at 11:34 AM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • It's all up to you! ....But I could never imagine going back after 6 weeks (that's how long medical leave is or 8 weeks with a csec) I had to go into work at after 5 weeks just for 2 days (to fill in for someone) and I was a mess. Next time if they ask me to do that it is a BIG NO. I sobbed the entire time! And the second I got home I held my baby for hours!! LOL
    MrsPilat

    Answer by MrsPilat at 1:22 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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  • I had a c-section and was a bartender/coctail waitress I went back after 20 days cuz I felt great! Its all about your body and your recovery good luck
    Moe727

    Answer by Moe727 at 1:32 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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