Just hoping for some input as I'm dithering about when to start my maternity leave. I'm due on 16 Feb and I'm thinking I could work until 3 Feb. I get 9 wks full pay and 18 half pay and then can add a/l on the end of that so I wouldn't have to go back until mid-Sept (nearly). I really want as much time after the birth as poss to be w. my little girl!!! But is it really feasible to work up to 13 days before EDD? I'll be using some a/l (get quite a lot!) to work 4 day weeks after xmas, but worried that it will just be too tiring and I won't be able to cope!