As you eagerly prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy, planning a move can pose specific challenges. Moving while pregnant can add stress and pose safety concerns whether you’re moving across state lines or to the other side of town. Depending upon the specifics of your pregnancy, you might also have extra limitations to your activities.
Safety for you and your baby is paramount during the moving process. The following are tips to help you have a safer moving experience.
1. Speak to Your Obstetrician
Before you lift a finger to start packing any boxes, speak to your obstetrician as soon as you find out you’re going to be moving. You don’t want to do any heavy lifting or other moving tasks that might inadvertently injure you or your baby. Your obstetrician will examine your pregnancy history, consider your trimester, and then offer guidance on what moving activities are safe.
Pro tip: While calling your doctor’s office, ask for your medical records so you can transfer them to your new doctor if you’re relocating to a new region.
2. Pack a ‘Pregnancy Essentials’ Box
As you assemble your “first-night” box, create a “pregnancy essentials” box for yourself. Items you should include are:
- Healthy snacks and plenty of water
- Prenatal vitamins
- Comfortable maternity clothes
- Any pillows or other comfort items that help you rest
Pack anything you need to help you stay healthy and comfortable. This way, you don’t spend time after an exhausting moving day hunting for items you need.
3. Seek Out Help
Often, people resist reaching out for help when needed, and expectant moms are no exception. Don’t be shy in asking for help from your family and friends. Chances are they’ll be happy to help! Family and friends can assist with tasks like:
- Cleaning chores
- Packing boxes
- Shifting boxes into rooms
- Reaching up to grab hard-to-reach items
- Disassembly and reassembly of furniture
You can even make a party out of it and buy food and beverages for everyone. You’ll safely complete your moving tasks while spending time with your loved ones – essential if you’re moving out of town. If you don’t have many people to help, another great avenue to turn to is to hire a professional mover.
4. Listen to Your Body
It’s important to remember that moving doesn’t just put a toll on your physical health; it can be mentally draining. Take frequent breaks if you feel tired. As you prepare for your move, ensure you eat healthily, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. You’ll find you have a million things to do – but it’ll eventually get done. You must listen to your body and care for yourself and your baby.
Moving Made Easy
The months of pregnancy are exciting but do put a strain on expectant moms. Hiring professional movers to help reduce the work you need to do can go a long way toward easing stress and physical exertion.
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