I am 12 weeks today and I know this is really early but I've started thinking about maternity leave. I'm due mid-April and am a teacher. I was originally planning on working up until 36 weeks, then I thought about it more and decided on 34 weeks. I'm not going back to work straight after mat. leave (probably not for 2-3 years) so a couple of weeks doesn't really matter I guess. But now I've looked at term dates and teem 1 finishes on march 28 (38 weeks). If I work up to this date I'm pretty sure I'd get my 2 weeks holiday pay before my maternity leave kicked in, effectively adding 2 weeks to my paid leave. What do you think is the best option? It's my first bub and I'd love to finish work as early as possible (probably just me being lazy), so 34 weeks would be amazing! But there are definite benefits for working 4 extra weeks. Is 38 weeks a bit ambitious for a first pregnancy?