I am currently 33 weeks. In CA you can take 4 weeks before due date and then 6 weeks after birth as part of the State Disability Insurance we all pay into. Only thing that I know is that you need to be put on the 4 week early maternity leave by your doctor, not by personal choice. I work a very demanding job, and my work has been suffering due to my pregnancy recently, and a co-worker of mine told me that my supervisor asked her my due date and mentioned if she knew how to get the early maternity leave. They can’t ask me legally I’m assuming to take maternity leave early, but I agree, I’m having serious issues with working full time as it is. In order for me to go on maternity leave early, should I ask my boss for a letter to my OB stating they would like me to be on maternity leave at 36 weeks, due to complications at work? Or will my 36 week visit, my OB ask if I want to go on maternity leave? I have no idea! All I know is that my work wants to get a temp in my position ASAP to avoid the issues I’ve been having! I’m definitely caught in the middle! Thanks!