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If you worked while you were pregnant

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Did you work up until the day you gave birth? Or did you give your work a date as to when you were going to stop working?

My issue is that I only get 6 weeks maternity leave. If I tell them I'm going to stop working on a certain day and then she comes late it will take time out of my maternity leave. However working up until I give birth might be an issue too. We only have 3 people including myself working at this particular location. They will have to make special arrangements for someone from a different location to come cover for me and I'm sure they would appreciate some notice. Not only that, I work alone most of the time. If I go into labor while I'm working alone I would have to close the business early. I know they're just waiting for a reason to fire me. I started working here in January and didn't tell them I was pregnant because I knew they wouldn't hire someone who's that far along. When they found out they weren't pleased, by by law they can't fire me for being pregnant so I feel like they're just waiting for me to screw up. I'm not sure how to handle this. What would you do if you were in my shoes?
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by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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by Anonymous 10 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:56 AM
My water broke right when I was about to leave for work I was 22 weeks I stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks when I called to explain I had to stay till the baby was born they were mad and thought I quit like I was making it up. I asked if they just fired me and they said no they thought I was quitting and that I needed to give a doc note. I was like that's the least of my worries.
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:58 AM
I worked until the day I gave birth with my first two pregnancies. With my second baby my water broke at work........I quit after my second baby way born because well I was treated like shit while pregnant with her and it was really if you "know" they are going to fire you then I would give them the time you want to take maternity leave, and 2 weeks before you have to go back to work give them a 2 weeks notice.
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by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:25 AM
I work 3rd shift, so I took Tuesday off and went into the hospital to be induced Wednesday, then turned around and went back to work Monday
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:28 AM
Worked until I started leaking fluid, I worked 12-13 hour shifts at a daycare, it really wasn't bad
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by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Lol. I was hoping that if I waited, I'd be too far along for a csection. Boy was I wrong. Lol. When I got there, they gave me a shot to slow contractions long enough for my ob to get there.

Quoting Mrs.taub:

 holy crap idk if i could ever stay that calm!!!! more power to you!

Quoting ccoyle4:

I literally worked until I went into labor. I went to labor during my shift at the nursing home. I finished my shift, went home, showered, ate, called my ob and went to the hospital.


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by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM
I'm in aus, and here, you can only work up until 6 weeks before your due date. So I worked up until that exact day
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by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:22 AM
I was put on strict bedrest a couple weeks before I had dd (who came a month early) so I didnt have a choice. But my manager worked with me and told me that I could take as much time off as I needed.
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:22 AM
I worked right up till all three of mine were born. But I was a waitress and got no maternity leave and their were plenty of people to cover for me and they hired someone after I had them anyway.
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by Anonymous 11 on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:24 AM
With my first, I worked up until about a week before I had him. I thought I was in labor one morning and called in, they then fired me for the whole thing. It was a shit job so whatever but had they not I would have worked until I had him. With my youngest, I worked past my due date and stopped 2 days before I had him. I had no choice because they couldn't find a replacement and I worked in l and d so not a huge deal. If I were you, id discuss this with your boss. They are aware you will be leaving soon so im sure they have a plan b at a moments notice. They need to be aware of your plans so they can do that if they haven't already.
by Sapphire Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM
I worked until 39 weeks and took 14 weeks of maternity leave.
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