Some women work right up until their due date. That's fine, and for some women, money-wise it's a necessity, but...
Some women work right up until their due date. That's fine, and for some women, money-wise it's a necessity, but new research from the University of California, Berkeley is reporting that it's better to start your maternity leave a bit earlier. The new Berkeley study showed that women who take leave early (as in at least a couple of weeks before their due date), and stay on maternity leave for a decent amount of time fair better than women who take a short maternity leave. Not only do women fair better, but their babies as well. The study notes: "Women who started their leave in the last month of pregnancy were less likely to have cesarean deliveries and new mothers were more likely to establish breastfeeding the longer they delayed their return to work." For the long term, mamas who take longer leave are better able to bond with their babies and babies benefit from more breastfeeding (lowered SIDS rates, less illness, and more). Problems with this study:  Taking extended maternity leave is all well and good, but currently, only five states - California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island - and the territory of Puerto Rico offer a form of paid pregnancy leave, and not one U.S. state offers full salary pay during maternity leave. What you can do:  Prepare, prepare, prepare! If you're having a baby there are plenty of ways you can prepare for maternity leave, and that includes prepping for a longer leave. Tips:

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