Originally Posted by Malila
Really, *really* I know we can't plan these things perfectly, but I was wondering if anyone wanted to share what they think is the the best season to get pregnant/give birth?
I haven't read the rest of the replies, but my DD was born on July 7th and I will plan any future kids the same way if possible. I liked this time for several reasons (listed below). For me, being pregnant in the heat is a small concern compared to what time of year the child is born. I am much more concerned about the latter.
So, I really liked July because,
1) Easy to dress newborn/0-3 months baby in the summer. Don't have to worry about shoes or socks, etc.
2) Easy to take them out in the stroller for the reasons above, while you are still getting used to everything else.
3) You don't have to worry about overheating them with lots of layers of clothes during the day or at night, which is actually more of a risk in than being too cold in the early months.4) Lots of sunlight and long days so you have the extra energy to be getting less sleep.
5) I really liked that DD was sitting up, but still young, by the holidays.
6) During her second summer when she began to walk, Robeez were all she needed, inside and out. I was able to put off hard soled shoes until Sep/Oct.
7) I liked that she was 11-14 months during the summer. She really enjoyed getting in the pool with me and walking around outside.
8) I liked that she was almost 18 months on her second Christmas. It was a good age because there were a lot of good gift ideas for the grandparents. Things we all of the sudden needed once she got to this age, like ride-on toys etc.
9) And now, in her third summer, I am hopeful that we can start potty learning while the weather is warm.
I think there's more but I can't think of any more right now.
As far as pregnancy was concerned,
1) Found out by Thanksgiving and got to tell my family with pretty good certainty at the holidays as I was about 8-9 weeks or so.
2) The first trimester when I was tired all the time was in the winter when I tend to be more tired anyway.
3) I was able to wear regular clothes through most of the winter and only had to buy Spring and Summer maternity clothes--which for me were mostly the same thing since I was working full time.
4) Since I wanted to keep mum about my pregnancy for a while at work it was easy since I could wear the baggier winter clothes.
5) There wasn't even really a long stretch of heat that I had to deal with. And I was at work in air conditioning all day. Maybe if it was not your first child and you were at home this would make a difference.
I think a July birthday sounds fun too--I am thinking summer pool party. I mean, it's not during the school year, but mine was and I didn't think it was that big of a deal.
My next choices would be June or May.
Granted these are all somewhat superficial reasons, but all else being equal
and you have the luxury to plan your pregnancy, my vote is for late-Spring/early Summer, May-July.