I finished on Friday @ 37 weeks and am taking annual leave with ML starting on my due date.
I've had an easy pregnancy and my job is also physically easy (but mentally stressful).
Must say I was glad to finish on Friday as it was starting to get a little tiring, is there any scope to play it by ear a bit as you've got annual leave to play with or do work want a final answer straight away??
I finished the day I had DS (35 weeks), and if he hadn't turned up early had planned to finish at 38 weeks - felt fine. My colleague was pg with twins at the same time, and went on ML 2 days before she had them at 38 weeks. We both felt that sitting in our nice air conditioned office where all one did was waddle from car to office and then people brought you coffee was preferable to sitting at home in the heat feeling guilty about the housework
I'm finishing this one at 37 but like you have a nice, sit-down air conditioned office job. Plan to do 4 days a week in the last month though to slow down a little.
Beware though - if you take annual leave at the start, if your baby is early your ML starts when the baby is born. You just need to make sure any holiday booked is carried over or you take it at the end of your ML. DS1 was born before I left work and I nearly lost a weeks paid holiday!
I finished work at 35 weeks as it was christmas/ new year so planned a long break (quite a difficult pregnancy and I could not have physically carried on). Good job I did as DD was premature and so only actually had a few days off. Labour/ birth was so fast there was every chance if I was at work she would had been born in the office!!.
3 weeks seems the norm so I would plan for that. You can always finish earlier on health grounds if you are struggling as you never know how tired you will be towards the end. I think it would be better finishing earlier and being bored than finishing too late iyswim (though I know a few people who worked up to the week before and were fine!)
I was due to finish this week at 37+4, but ended up being signed off at 34 wks with anaemia and low amniotic fluid. Despite being bored an impatient I must admit that I am now feeling huge, tired, uncomfortable etc and have done for a while. I was a teacher though, so quite an active job compared to my old desk job. I had a very easy pregnancy all of the way through till this point so I can't complain though!
I finished at 38 weeks, am now sat here at 2 days to due date, really bored. I could easily be working now, desk job like you.
I'm going to be just taking maternity leave, and have requested leftover holiday as payment in lieu. Because my work offer half pay up to 9 months, it means i can use it to fund taking 10 weeks of maternity leave, wheras if i'd just tacked it on the end as holiday leave, it would only have been 5 weeks, if that makes any sense.
I do realise this is just because my work have excellent maternity policy, but might be worth looking into.