8 Tips For Moving/Living In A New City While Pregnant

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Moving to a new city can be extremely difficult. However, moving to a new city and being an expectant mother at the same time is arduous X 100 and a completely different experience. Shortly after getting married, my husband and I moved to Cleveland for his residency (add that on top living in a new city while pregnant) and became expectant parents. Obviously, he doesn’t waste any time. If I could describe the experience in 3 words it would be tasking, emotional, and lonely. Now, this article isn’t supposed to depress you, in fact I hope it’s helpful. For all of my expectant mothers in a new city I have some tips that can better prepare you for what will truly be an enlightening experience.

1. Find A Doctor

I know that you might have a whole bunch of moving headaches to tackle, but finding a doctor is more important. It can take weeks, sometimes months to get through to a doctor and find an OBGYN that meets your criteria. My husband and I moved to Cleveland, which has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in America so I was extremely picky about finding the right OBGYN. Even though, in many cases there is no way to prevent SIDS or certain cases of infant mortality and it involves the mother more than the physician, I was still nervous and picky about picking a physician. Ask for recommendations and make sure you have your medical records.

2. Find Friends

I moved to a city where I knew absolutely no one. On top of that my husband is a resident physician so I barely see him as well and that has been difficult as a newlywed too. I recommend finding a group of friends and socializing with them to get your mind off of the stressful move. A lot of ways to do this as an expectant mother are yoga, pilates, and expectant mother classes. You can go to the classes specifically for pregnant women and build you a group of friends in your new city. Some may even become lifelong friends and how cool would it be to have your kids grow up together?!

3. Stay Active

When I say “stay active”, I simply mean making time for a bit of exercise to get your mind off of your anxieties. You don’t have to compare yourself to the pregnant fitness Instagram models in the gym all of the time with perfect photo shopped pictures. Walking daily, pilates, cycling, or whatever exercise you like best will be helpful. Whenever you think about binge eating to get rid of your anxiety, go for a walk instead, you aren’t supposed to eat for 2. And yes, I know this is easier said than done!

 4. Wait on baby shopping

You are already trying to unpack and get settled; the last thing you need is MORE stuff immediately and if you haven’t quite moved yet, remember, relocation will be cheaper. Once, all of your original belongings are settled then you can begin NESTING! You will also be able to better assess what you really need for your new baby!

5. Don’t Be a Hero

Please! Please! Please hire professional movers unless your husband is already a professional mover and you trust him to move even your most fragile of belongings by himself. I wish somebody would have told me this before I thought it would be a good idea to do any heavy lifting. I ended up getting a hernia and now have the worst back pain ever even in my early months. On top of, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and more, the last thing you need is a hernia or more back pain.

 6. Listen To Your What Your Body Wants

As much as we think we can do anything, and we can, sometimes it’s best if we don’t. Don’t over exert yourself, listen to your body. If you are feeling tired, go to sleep! You should sleep at least 8 hours a day, you are growing another human inside of you. And that’s not just my recommendation that is the Mayo Clinics too paraphrased in my more enthused words. In a brand new city, you probably have even more tasks to do and things on your plate but you have to avoid pushing yourself to much. I promise, some things can wait.

7. Be Realistic and Communicate

Being in a brand new city and expecting a baby are not going to be easy and you don’t have to carry the difficulties alone. I know that we all want to be independent and for everyone to know it too but it is okay to ask for help and know your limitations. I am still having a really hard time with this as I hate asking for help. I pride myself on being able to do everything on my own but honestly sometimes you don’t have to. If you are one of those people who do have family and friends that would help if you asked, please do as some people are not as fortunate. Communication is also key, it’s important to communicate with your family and your spouse about your emotions, what’s going on, and things you may need help with. Communication with your significant other I believe is the most important because you will need to come up with plans to prepare for your new baby and you might have different expectations that you need to discuss and get on one accord. My husband isn’t a talker and I could debate, talk, and plan for hours on end (I’m a Virgo), but honestly it helps to hash everything out and prepare yourselves for what’s to come. I mean c’mon, you have to get used to a new city and you’re expecting a new baby. It’s not going to be all peaches and cream.

 8. Make Time For Romance

One of the things I learned about that I had no idea existed was a BABYMOON! I know you are probably thinking, I have so many things to do and so much to pay for already for this move, I can’t take a vacation. However, a babymoon can be for a short weekend and it doesn’t have to be expensive. My husband is a resident for heaven’s sake and he’s made time to take a weekend road trip to our hometown Chicago to see Hamilton on Broadway. A babymoon is basically just you or you and a significant other taking time out for yourselves to relax and enjoy the expectancy of the baby and not the stress of the baby. And when you have just moved to a new city, any break helps. It’s also great for the guys too because they also need a break, they aren’t necessarily carrying the baby, but they worry about you and the baby too. Not only that, but pregnancy can be lonely and dull for men sometimes too because they don’t get the “oo’s” and “aah’s” from family and strangers and they aren’t as close to the experience as you with your baby literally growing inside of you. Men are babies, okay.

I hope that the aforementioned is valuable and that you did not read all of this to be even more stressed! Relax, you truly have a miracle on the way, but prepare. You can move while pregnant and not go crazy and you can live in a brand new city and not feel horribly homesick. Personally, pregnancy has been tasking, emotional, and sometimes a bit lonely but it’s also been beautiful and exhilarating. Honestly, I love it, expecting this miracle to come is fun within itself. Once you finally get settled, trust me it gets better and the NESTING isn’t a chore, it’s exciting.

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43 thoughts on “8 Tips For Moving/Living In A New City While Pregnant

  1. abrightneighborhood2017

    I moved in April 2015 and my baby was born in June. I was glad to be pregnant because it meant I didn’t have to lift the boxes LOL!

    I was so glad to be closer to family after we moved, ready for my second daughter’s arrival. My girls’ grandparents have been able to help SO MUCH, and I’m full of thanks.

    You have excellent tips here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. babiestobookworms

    Wow! I can’t imagine living in a new city while pregnant! I definitely agree with finding friends. A solid support system is so important for new and expectant moms.

  3. onesharpmamablog

    These are great tips for pregnant ladies! I can’t stress number One enough. I have a friend who loves at 33 weeks pregnant and had a hard time finding a doctor that would take her that late into her pregnancy!

  4. Finding a doctor and friends is so much important while being regnant and changing the city. Those are the moments of high emotionality and we need friends, good communication and support of hubby for that!

  5. Kate // High Low Baby

    These are great practical suggestions for managing stress while pregnant and making other big life changes. I applaud you for taking the time to find the right health care provider for you! It can definitely take a lot of research to find the right fit.

  6. Being in the military I got to see new places but I wasn’t pregnant. I think your list is appropriate with the Dr first, then friends and stay active. Enjoy the peace and slow pace because when baby gets there your time will be busy.

  7. Great tips 🙂 As a military spouse oh my gosh do I understand the drama of moving lol. However, thankfully I only had to do it once while pregnant and it was very very early in the pregnancy so it wasn’t a big deal but I can only imagine!

  8. Shell

    These are great tips for mamas to be who are moving…. when I was pregnant with my first child we moved to a new city when I was 9 months pregnant…

    1. Oh wow 9 months?! I can only imagine, that must of been such a nerve wracking time! I’m thankful that we moved to a fairly close state (Illinois–>Ohio) and not to a different coast or country. Look out for my next post 😊✨

  9. I think finding friends is an especially great tip. I moved shortly before becoming pregnant for the first time almost a decade ago, also about 6-7 hours away from my family. I missed them so much, but having friends helped. It turned out to be kind of an unexpectedly lovely time being away from family — after our son was born, my husband and I became such a great team in a way we never had been before. It was really sweet actually, and I don’t think it would have turned out like that had we been closer to our families.

    Also, as a socializing bonus — I have found life as a parent lends itself to making friends easily. Here’s hoping this is true for you as well 🙂

  10. Sounds like moving while pregnant was really challenging. Glad you managed to get things sorted in your own way and to kindly share this experience with other.

  11. These are such good tips! I didn’t move to a new city, however, I did move house about 6 months pregnant and it was hard! As you said it’s so important to listen to your body, and not take on too much yourself. PS your bump is so cute!!

  12. All of this is SO TRUE!! We moved when I was 2 weeks from delivering, and thank God my mom could come help, because my husband works out of town a LOT and I was tasked with SO MUCH + taking care of the other 2 we had at home. I swear I nearly had a nervous breakdown every day. Plus my OB was the best ever and I didn’t want to change, so it took me 1 1/2 hours to get to my appointments on the other side of Houston! (Seriously why couldn’t I just learn to relax…??) Anyway, I love this list–and friends are so, so important in a new place! Especially if you don’t have family! Good luck, you look GREAT!!! 🙂

  13. Great tips! I’m so sorry about your hernia, that must have hurt so much:( Take it easy! I can imagine how stressful it must be to move while you’re pregnant, so I’m sure your article will help many other mums-to-be in that same situation:) Thanks for sharing!

    1. jordan1881@comcast.net

      Yes, you’re next lol! but Oh wow, I imagine it was also very difficult to move abroad if not equal, more difficult. I moved to a different state not a different country! That’s amazing!

  14. These are all very good tips. 25 years ago I moved while I was six months pregnant. It wasn’t easy, but I employed many of the same strategies you did. Best wishes on the new addition!

  15. Wow, I’m so excited for your incoming member of the family, really great tips you have in here. I haven’t experienced anything like this in my life yet but I’m sure these are vital pieces of information for future moms who love to travel.

  16. Aditi

    Your points n staying real and seeking help really make sense. There is absolutely nothing wrong in asking for help. It’s always good to stay sorted than get messed up. Wishing you the best for the soon-to-arrive little one. Cheers!!

    1. jordan1881@comcast.net

      Thank you so much! Not being to proud to ask for help has been the biggest help. I had to get out of the way of myself and admit I was overwhelmed.

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