I am a high school teacher and will be starting back on Tuesday. I'll be 29 weeks pregnant. I'm starting maternity leave at 35 weeks. I know it's only 6 weeks of work, but I've just received my timetable and I don't know how I'm going to cope.
Physically there's nothing wrong with me, but I feel so stressed just thinking about it and have been crying for over an hour since I got my timetable (ridiculous I know! And I'm normally so calm and level-headed!!) I don't know how I'm going to cope with the busy days and with classroom management etc.
My question is, have any of you taken sick leave before your maternity leave? I'm having my baby in a midwife-run birthing centre, so would I just go to my normal GP and see her? I have about 25 days of sick leave, so I was hoping to work 2-3 weeks and then take 3-4 weeks of sick leave. Who knows, when I go back I might find I cope well, but I just want a back-up plan.