Pregnancy timeline checklist

Week of pregnancyChecklist
  If you work in a high risk area, notify your line manager and Human Resources as soon as possible so that an appropriate maternity risk assessment can be undertaken
First trimesterIf you do not work in a high risk area, but have informed your manager then a maternity risk assessment should also be undertaken and regular reviews agreed.
1 -11 weeks Consider the Staff health and wellbeing webpages for information on managing stress, work/life balance and wellbeing initiatives.
12 weeks Approximate date of first ultrasound scan
Second trimesterIf you haven't already had your maternity risk assessment this should be arranged with your manager and regular reviews agreed.
13 weeks  
14 weeks  
15 weeks  
16 weeks  
17 weeks  
18 weeks  
19 weeks  
20 weeks Approximate date of second ultrasound scan
21 weeks Your GP/midwife will give you the MATB1 form from this date
22 weeks  
23 weeks  
24 weeks  
25 weeks You must inform your employer and email the Human Resources Advisor team by the 15th week before your baby is due (approx 25 weeks' pregnant) to qualify for maternity leave and pay (this is the Qualifying Week). Your partner should also have informed their employer by now if they will be taking paternity/partner leave.
26 weeks  
27 weeks If you wish to opt out of the Pension Salary Exchange, you must inform the Pay and Benefits Office by this week at the latest.
28 weeks  
Third trimesterEnsure you have a maternity risk assessment review this trimester
29 weeks Your 29th week of pregnancy is the earliest your maternity leave can begin (11th week before the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC))
30 weeks  
31 weeks  
32 weeks  
33 weeks  
34 weeks  
35 weeks  
36 weeks Your maternity leave may start automatically if you are off sick with a pregnancy-related illness during the 4 weeks before your baby is due
37 weeks Your pregnancy is considered full-term
38 weeks  
39 weeks Maternity leave will commence the day after your baby is born, if the actual birth date is earlier than the commencement of maternity leave date you specified
40 weeks Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC)
After childbirth 
  New mothers are not allowed to return to work within 2 weeks after their baby is born, for health and safety reasons.
  You may take up to 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT days) during your maternity leave.
  If you are returning to work within six months of having the baby or you are still breastfeeding when you return than a further maternity risk assessment should be carried out. The University regards it as best practice to offer a risk assessment to allreturning mothers even if they are returning after 6 months or are not breastfeeding.