Hello! A close friend of mine is pregnant and due in mid-May. She may be put on bed rest now until she delivers. That is almost exactly 12 weeks. Her HR department is telling her that she must use her FMLA leave for this disability period. I am in HR too and am a bit grey on this particular issue so I wanted to check. From what I understand, bed rest is classified as a disability, and she can go out with it classified that way only, not as FMLA, and then elect to have her FMLA leave start after her daughter is born in May. Both leaves would then be protected under ADA and then FMLA. Please correct me if I'm wrong, and if possible, give me advice to give to my friend. She obviously will need more than the standard 6-8 weeks afforded by the "disability" of childbirth, especially if her daughter is a preemie.