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Hi, Im currently off work with high blood pressure and I'm only 17 weeks, and it is my third week off work due to this since I found out I was pregnant.
I too was concerned regarding sick pay/ maternity leave etc, so I did do some reading on it. However I would also check with ACAS or similar organisation - but Im sure that your employer can only force you to start taking your maternity leave early 4 weeks before your EWC only if you are off sick due to a pregnancy related illness - but they can do this even if you only have 1 day off. The only impact your time off sick now may have is if you are on reduced sick pay (as this could affect the amount of maternity benefit you will recieve as it is round about the 18wk mark your average salary is assessed from I think. The Directgov website is really good so I woulod check that as well for info regarding rights/ benefits etc.
I hope you are feeling better soon and that I have been of some help. Thx, Sharon