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Bringing Maternity leave forward, How is it done?

(6 Posts)
QforCucumber Tue 12-Jan-16 16:12:10

Am 32 weeks but for 2 weeks now have been suffering with SPD, it seems to be getting worse and though I'm in an office based job with a short commute I'm really starting to struggle with the driving to get to work and the general day to day motions.

My only colleague in this office is off next week so I will have to come in then, but, my ML wasn't due to start until 37 weeks. I'm really thinking of pulling it forward to 34 weeks - does anyone know if I can do this? If they can say no? Would I need to put a request into writing?

I will be SMP only but I'm now realising that surely my own comfort and health is more important than working as long as possible for monetary purposes.
I just don't know if to stick it out and try to grin and bear it or bring it forward and live with feeling guilty over leaving them in the lurch by doing so?!

dementedpixie Tue 12-Jan-16 17:02:10

You can change the start date with 28 days notice.

sepa Tue 12-Jan-16 18:12:37

Other than the 28days notice (which will only allow you to leave 1 week earlier) I'm sure you can get signed off work with a pregnancy related illness which would mean your mat leave would start early. I can't remember if this is from 32 weeks or 36 weeks though that the mat leave would automatically kick in

frikadela01 Tue 12-Jan-16 18:18:05

You need to speak to HR or whoever deals with this in your office. Whilst it is 28 days some places can be flexible... I know where I work (nhs hospital ward) some people have brought forward maternity leave with only a weeks notice and it's been fine. Can't hurt to ask.

dementedpixie Tue 12-Jan-16 18:23:06

Maternity leave would only be triggered with pregnancy related illness from the 36th week of pregnancy so not applicable here.

CaptainKit Tue 12-Jan-16 18:23:41

Get in touch with HR - whoever you organised it with in the first place, and see how flexible they would be. If you point out that you're struggling and don't want to push yourself to the point where you might make yourself unwell, then they'll most likely waive the 28 days thing. Have you much of a handover to do? If so, make your best effort to get that all sorted so it looks like you're thinking of the company.

I'm starting my ML in 1 1/2 weeks, am 35 weeks today, and really could do with not being here, and that's without the SPD. Definitely do what's right for you, and if that's stopping work earlier than planned then find a way of making it work.

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