I'm after a bit of advice from anyone who's been in a similar position or knows people that have been....
I'm 29 weeks pregnant with my first baby, we put our house on the market expecting it to take a few months to sell and it has actually only taken 2 weeks - we have accepted an offer on ours and found somewhere for us to move to and it looks like things could move very quickly being a very short chain.
We will be moving out of the area (about 35 miles away) and I don't know what to do for the best. Bearing in mind it will probably take around 8/9 weeks for everything to go through,should we push to move before the due date (when I will be around 37/38 weeks) OR would it be best to wait until after baby arrives and move in the first 2-3 weeks after the birth? At what point would you suggest not considering moving before the birth?
If we move beforehand I will have to change hospital/midwife etc... and I don't know how difficult this is, but if we move afterwards I will have a newborn to cope with (and the sleepless nights).
Any words of wisdom would be appreciated, it's just really difficult to know what to do.
I moved a month (about 250 miles) before ds was born, and again when he was 6 months old, and it was definitely easier to do it pregnant than with a small baby. And 2-3 weeks after his birth I was fit for nothing.
But 37/38 weeks is cutting it a bit fine. I would really hassle your solicitors for a quick move if I were you. It can be done quicker than 8 weeks if things are straightforward.
Due dates aren't the most reliable things though are they? You could delay it and still find yourself in labour on move day. I would just push for ASAP and keep my legs crossed, would hate not to be in charge on moving day.
I assume that you can turn up at any maternity dept in labour and they'll 'sort you out'.
I moved house 2 weeks before I was due to have a home birth. I spent move day just pointing where I wanted things as people daren't let me lift a finger .
When the nesting instinct kicks in you'll get everything unpacked!