Pregnancy is a beautiful thing…moving to a new house while pregnant isn’t. In fact, this combination can be so overwhelming that I wouldn’t blame you if you had a mild tantrum and said “no way!” to your husband or partner. But alas, sometimes you have to pull up your big girl pants and do what’s best for your growing family.
There are many ways to make the moving process more manageable so moving isn’t so scary. With the help of a great moving team, family and friends along with the guidance and support of your doctor, moving locally or across the country is completely do-able, albeit annoying.
Use the tips below to make your mid-pregnancy move more manageable.
- Put your body first & listen to your doctor. Don’t lift anything over 25 pounds—boxes, tables, lamps, etc. And remember, when you’re bending down, bend at the knees instead of leaning forward. Watching what you move and how you move it will protect you from injury. If you feel tired, sit down. Listen to your body. Also remember to keep yourself hydrated and well fed—ordering take out is alright once or twice during moving week, but don’t let it become a habit as you’re stuck packing and unpacking.
- Start preparing ahead of time. Slow and steady wins the race. Begin the packing process 8-10 weeks before moving day. Make 2 months of packing seem less overwhelming by dividing your house into zones and work from least used rooms (zone 1) to most used rooms (zone “n”). Packing things that aren’t everyday essentials weeks in advance will reduce your stress leading up to the move. Also, when in your life have you not procrastinated? Claim this opportunity as your small victory!
- Ask for help. Call family and friends and ask them for help with packing. Don’t lift heavy boxes, don’t try and move furniture. Family and friends can manage to move everything you can’t. And let’s be realistic, it’s best to have someone around to question whether you really need to take 5 spatulas and 6 sets of dishes with you…especially if you’re suffering from pregnancy brain. Streamlining your belongings before you move helps to reduce the amount you have to pack/unpack and it creates room for all the baby paraphernalia that will overtake your new place! Offer pizza and beer in exchange for their help… no one can resist!
- Hire movers. Whether you’re moving locally or long distance, hiring movers is a fantastic investment. They will do all of the heavy lifting which spares you and your family the hassle of worrying about it. To save money, pack boxes yourself and simply have the movers blanket wrap furniture and load your belongings onto their truck and place boxes and furniture inside your new home. It’s a cheaper, bare bones version of moving!
- Find new doctors. If you’re moving locally, this bullet doesn’t pertain to you. However, if you’re moving to another town, state, or country ask your current OB-GYN for a list of recommended physicians in your new area. Make sure to contact your new doctors’ office and tell them your situation, then schedule an appointment for shortly after you move in. Don’t forget to get your medical records from your current doctor and bring them to the new office on your first visit. And although a visit to a pediatrician might be a long way off, it’s always better to have a general idea of what options you and your family have, so ask about that, too! Knowledge is power.
- Research nearby support groups. If you’re a first time mom and you are moving away from your family, finding a support group of other mothers will help you through the rest of your pregnancy. They can help you find the perfect stroller friendly walking path, offer firsthand accounts of dealing with a newborn, or even help you find a trustworthy and affordable baby sitter.
- Cry. It’s ok to let your raging hormones have a moment. Cry, scream, do whatever you need to…but limit your meltdown to five or ten minutes. You’ll feel a lot better and then you can refocus your efforts on getting things accomplished.
- ….But don’t lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. You’re move will get finished, everything will arrive just fine. Your baby will not come early. Just keep thinking positive thoughts!
Moving while pregnant won’t be easy and it won’t always be fun. But, if moving is the best thing for you and your family use these tips to help you get through the difficult transition. One more small piece of advice? On moving day, sing “Eye of the Tiger” to yourself…it never fails to make me smile and help me power through an undesirable task!
This post is provided by Transit Systems Inc, one of the nation’s top long distance moving companies.
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