Has anyone had to take maternity leave early, either by necessity or choice? I've been off work with SPD for two weeks (am 23 weeks now) and don't really see my manager being able to redeploy me to an area in the hospital with light duties anytime soon.
My commute to work is 45 mins door to door and involves quite a bit of walking. I'm limping and almost in tears from the pain by the time I arrive at work, let alone at the end of the 12.5 hour shifts ahead. I've been having physiotheraphy and hydrotherapy weekly, and while it hasn't significantly helped, it does seem to be preventing the SPD from getting worse.
I was really hoping to make it to 34 weeks at least, but I think I'm out of luck. What are your experiences with having to take lots of time off sick and then go on mat leave early? Did it negatively affect your standing at work?
I did for spd. I'm sure some colleagues gossiped but no one ever said anything and the managers were good. They could clearly see I couldn't manage and would rather have me off and arrange cover than have me in and out leaving them short staffed.
I took maternity leave at 31 weeks. We were commuting an hour there and an hour back and I was in hospital for reduced movement every other day. It was last summer which was stifling hot and despite asking repeatedly for fans etc nothing was ever done and our office was like a sauna.
So my manager just said that it's not possible for me to take maternity leave before 36 weeks. Is there a new policy or something? I thought it was 29 weeks by choice and 26 weeks if you're sick after 24 weeks.
I thought you could leave voluntarily at 29 weeks but your employer could make you go at 36 weeks if you have been off sick?
Would your gp sign you off sick? Do you have any annual leave to take?
I just think, the sooner you start mat leave, the sooner you will need to go back - I don't know what your plans are but leaving now would mean going back by the time your baby is 8 months at the most.
Thanks for all of your replies. I'd definitely rather be signed off sick until 36 weeks! My GP seems pretty amenable so fingers crossed. My plan is to return to work part time after mat leave and not do nights anymore, which my manager has approved (yay!).