A year off to no time at all: Your tales of maternity leave

Sep. 27, 2013 at 8:43 AM ET

Many new moms feel financial and personal pressure to return to work, sometimes within days or weeks after giving birth. And for some new parents, paid maternity leave isn't even option, as TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager reported today. 

A new mom herself, she also explored her own return to work in a personal essay for and called out for fellow parents to share their parental leave experiences. From a few weeks off to using up vacation time and sick days, here’s what you had to say.

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Video: TODAY correspondent and new mom Jenna Bush Hager explores the issue of paid maternity leave, something more than 80 percent of U.S. businesses don’t offer.

Video: TODAY’s Peter Alexander, Jenna Wolfe, Stephanie Gosk, Mara Schiavocampo and Jenna Bush Hager talk about their experience with parental leave from work and the ups and downs of the first few months of parenthood.