Updated 08 October 2018

Week 31: 9 weeks to go!

If you haven't negotiated maternity leave yet, you need to do it quickly. Here's how.


It's time to get your maternity leave sorted.

Your baby's progress:

  • A boy’s testes are decending from his abdomen into the scrotum.
  • The digestive tract is almost fully developed.
  • The eyes can open and shut.
  • Your baby can distinguish light from dark and follow a light source.

Your progress:

  • Back pain is common because your uterus places pressure on your back and pelvis.
  • Breathlessness is also common as your uterus presses against your diaphragm.

What to do:

  • If you haven’t negotiated maternity leave yet, make sure you do it now. Speak to your HR rep or a labour law consultant about the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
  • Ask your doctor for tips on easing back pain. He may recommend gentle stretching.

Good to know:

  • Start thinking about childcare options for after your maternity leave. 


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