Congratulations on expecting a new member of your family! It’s a wonderful time full of hope and love, but it comes with more than enough change on its own. Considering a move while pregnant combines two of the biggest changes life can offer and comes with its own set of unique challenges. But it’s also a very common time to move as you need more space to accommodate a growing family, or perhaps want to move closer to friends and family. There are many good reasons to move when expecting a new child, so we decided to put together this guide to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Take Care of Your Health First
The very first thing you should do before you undertake the challenge of moving while pregnant is getting the all clear from your doctor. Get specific advice about your physical limitations such as how much weight you can lift and so on. If you have a higher risk of complications, your doctor will especially need to be kept in the loop about your plans. And if your move is long distance, you’ll want your doctor’s assistance in getting referred to or set up with a new doctor in your new area. Ultimately, the primary goal is to get through your move as safely as possible for you and your baby and it is absolutely not selfish to sit things out so you can ensure that.
Work Smart, Not Hard
Lists are always a great help when moving, but they are especially useful when you’re pregnant. It helps you stay on top of things and make additional plans for extra help when you need it. And should you experience the dreaded pregnancy brain, it will help you keep from overlooking or forgetting things. In addition to organizing your move, be sure to give yourself lots of time to pack. You’ll likely be feeling extra tired at times, so doing some packing here and there well ahead of time will prevent having to rush and push through the exhaustion to get things done on time. And purging belongings before nesting kicks in will help you to stay focused and prevent moving with too many unnecessary belongings.
When the time finally comes to make your move, be sure to adhere to safe lifting practices. Lift with your legs, not your back! Have lots of snacks and fluids on hand and consider bringing along a comfortable folding chair to rest when you need to. Moving day is a common time for people to get injured, so you need to be especially careful. Hazards like lifting, navigating stairs and using cleaning chemicals can be more of a concern when you’re pregnant. So be sure to get lots of help and exercise caution.
Of course, a friendly and reliable moving company can help make things go as smoothly as possible, too! At Capitol Moving & Storage, we are always excited to be a part of the big changes in our customer’s lives. Many of us have families of our own and really understand the complications that come with moving while pregnant. We’re here to help! Give us a call today at 860-282-4646 or browse through our website for more moving tips or to schedule a complimentary moving quote.