How Long Before Due Date Should I Start Maternity Leave?

The earliest you can start your maternity leave is usually 11 weeks before your due date.

However, even if you decide to work right up until your due date, if you end up taking time off with a pregnancy related illness during your last month of pregnancy, your leave will start then.

Can I start maternity leave after due date?

You can start your maternity leave any day from 11 weeks before your due date. Your maternity leave will start earlier than the date you pick if: your baby comes early, or.

Can I take maternity leave before delivery?

For most women, this is a personal decision. Legally, if you are using FMLA leave, you may take time off at any time during your pregnancy or even after childbirth (within 1 year of your child’s birth). Many women decide to start maternity leave before giving birth!

How long is maternity leave paid?

Statutory Maternity Leave

All employed pregnant women are entitled to 52 weeks (1 year) of maternity leave, no matter how long they’ve worked for their employer. This is made up of 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks of additional maternity leave.