1. Don't Agonize Over The Time
While maternity leaves vary by state, employer, and pregnancy needs, follow your instincts. If you feel like you need a longer leave, take the maximum you can afford. If you know you want to work up to that last moment, go for it. There's no right or wrong answer. However, if you're inclined to take a break from work, don't second guess yourself. You never know if baby will make an early appearance, and if not, how often in life do you genuinely get a break?