When you first discovered you had a little one on the way, you and your partner couldn’t feel happier. You announced the good news to friends and family, and you did plenty of research to prepare yourself for parenthood.
And when your partner received a new job offer in another city, you couldn’t feel prouder. You knew your spouse worked hard, and the raise in income helped you set aside money for medical bills and nursery supplies.
But as your two pieces of good news collide, you have a difficult
decision to make. Do you move as soon as possible, before the baby
comes? Or do you wait until after you’ve given birth to seek a larger,
more comfortable home?
Advantages of Moving Before the Baby Comes
If you take the leap and make your move before the baby comes, you can enjoy the following benefits:
Y ou Can Let Your Nesting Instinct Go Wild
Many moms-to-be experience a nesting instinct while pregnant. This instinct may drive you to do everything you can to prepare your household for your new infant. In a new home, you may feel the urge to scrub every corner of the bathroom, sweep out the garage or restock your fridge. And as you clean and baby-proof your new home, you’ll soon feel more comfortable in your unfamiliar surroundings.
You Can Take More Time to Recover
Don’t make the assumption that you can pop the baby out and get back to the gym, to work or to packing and moving boxes the next day. Although some women do heal quickly, most experts agree that mothers need at least a year to recover from child birth. If you move early in your pregnancy, you can spend your recovery time enjoying and relaxing in your new home.
You Can Save Money on Your Mortgage
The real estate market tends to change at a moment’s notice. You never know when a new listing in that perfect neighbourhood may arrive. If you jump on the opportunity as soon as you can, you can usually find better deals on loans and mortgages. With a baby in tow, you might not have the chance to visit an open house or tour new cities in between diaper changes, naps and feeding.
Advantages of Moving After Giving Birth
However, if you decide to wait patiently and move after your baby has settled, you can see these benefits:
You Can Participate in More of the Moving
Depending on your health and physical abilities, you can usually participate in light to moderate exercise during pregnancy. But once you reach your third trimester, you should probably leave the heavy lifting and packing to professional movers.
As your centre of gravity shifts and your connective tissues soften, your ability to safely lift a load decreases. If you try to lift a heavy box while pregnant, you increase the likelihood of injuring yourself and your baby.
If you wait to move until after you give birth, you may have an easier time lending a helping hand.
You Can Make Friends Quickly
When you move to an entirely new neighbourhood, you may worry about making new friends. Fortunately, your little one can do a lot of the work for you, as many neighbours will love to meet the newest addition to your family. Once you have your baby, you can sign up for a lot of community classes, mommy groups, playdates and story time that will let you see new faces and create lasting bonds.
You Can Stay With the Same Doctor
You may have to talk with multiple doctors before you find one you feel comfortable with. And understandably, once you find a good doctor, you might not want to interrupt that relationship with a substantial move. When you wait to move, you can feel confident that you doctor will be with you from start to finish.
Do What Feels Right to You
As you can see, both decisions have their pros, and either option could be a good choice for you and your growing family. Carefully consider what you want during your move to decide what feels best to you. If you need additional advice, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor about your pregnancy and your health.