right, im 20, i live at home with my parents and am signed off work sick.. ive been signed off work since feb due to hyperemis and then low blood pressure causing me to black out (im a waitress so collapsing after any period of time stood is very unsafe!) i collapsed and banged my head in feb which is when it was decided i wouldnt go back to work (blood pressure still hasnt stabelised and i still cant stand for long amounts of time.) when i was working i was earning £550+ a month now im on sick pay i get £320 a month.. i was reading a thread in 3rd tri which was talking about SMP and someone said that if youve been signed off sick in the 6-8 weeks before your mat leave you may not be able to get SMP, or that SMP would be 90% of what youve been earning in them weeks.. which is 90% of £81.. which is nothing im really struggling with money right now as im single now (when we found out i was preg i was with babys dad and we had £1000 coming in between us each month) ive applied for income support as with all my outgoings im really struggling, but i have to be earning less than £50 a week to qualify for this.. and also because i cant get income support i cant get the maternity grant which they still do.. i guess ill have to wait untill after baby is here to get that? i guess this is why i still feel so anxious about everything.. although i have most things ready for her i dont have anything ready for myself yet! i have nothing for hospital bag, i hardly have any clothes that fit, and things are just getting harder.. sorry its so long!