At my work you have to start mat leave 6 weeks before the estimated date of delivery. If you want to work beyond that, you can, but you need a medical certificate.
At first I thought this was brilliant - I love the idea of having 6 weeks to finish getting everything organised, have a good rest, and mentally prepare myself for bubs. I've had severe nausea the whole pregnancy (currently 25 weeks) which is why I can't wait to finish up at work as it's been a real struggle for me to continue working.
However, I'm now wondering whether I will go a bit stir-crazy waiting for the birth for 6 whole weeks - particularly if he arrives late.
When are you starting your mat leave? Is 6 weeks the norm?