Moving while pregnant might not be the best thing

Packing to move

It’s a common thing for a pregnant woman to want to nest. It’s probably encoded in our genes since our ancient foremothers had to consider the safest, warmest place to birth and spend those first few critical days after delivery.

A 21st Century mother might feel the same tug, especially if her current home or situation is in some way unacceptable to her.

You might think twice before making an offer on a new home, even though every cell in your body is screaming that it’s the right thing to do.

A new study in which researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 pregnant women in the state of Washington found that women who moved during the first 3 months of their pregnancy were 42% more likely to give birth prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and 37% more likely to have a baby with a lower-than-average birth weight, compared with pregnant women who didn’t move during the first trimester.

Other stressful situations were also identified as statistically linked to preterm labor and delivery.

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