Important Tips for Moving When You’re Pregnant

First, I would like to begin by mentioning that I’m nowhere near replacing the advice of your doctor.  If you’re pregnant, planning a move and have questions about safety, care, etc., I’m sure it goes without saying that you should first talk with your physician.

Now, what we can help with is offering some tips that were designed to make moving when you’re pregnant less stressful on your psyche and your body (which is likely your goal whether you’re pregnant or not).  I’ve experienced two pregnancies— and moved during the last one.  Not my idea of fun, but still necessary.  While it was just a local move, believe me when I say it was tough.  Yes, I was tired.  Yes, I was cranky and moody.  But we (meaning my husband) survived it.  And since it was just a “temporary” move until the house we were building was move-in ready, we moved again with a 3-year-old and a newborn— even less fun.

Here are some tips that should prove helpful if you’re moving when you’re pregnant:

Get organized early. I would even consider starting 6-8 weeks before moving day.  The more “together” you are, the less stressed you’ll be.  It’s a good time to start purging one room at a time, a little at a time— decide what you’re moving and what you’re leaving behind, then separate it into ’keep’, ’throw away’, ’sell’ and ’donate’ piles. Then create an inventory list for each room that includes the items you’ll be taking with you (this will come in handy both before and after your move). Starting the process early means you won’t have to do it all at once.

Make sure you have plenty of moving supplies. Boxes, Sharpies, labels, tape, newsprint, etc. are all necessary supplies.  If you’ve decided to include packing and loading services with your MoveBuilder move (which I highly recommend if doing it yourself is out of the question), the packing/moving supplies will be included in your moving estimate.

Clearly label all boxes.  Then you’ll know exactly where they go when you get to your new residence. With a baby on the way, getting unpacked quickly is probably a top priority.

Lift with care.  The research I’ve found says that the primary reason you may want to avoid heavy lifting during pregnancy has less to do with injury to the baby and more to do with injury to your back and joints.  After your first trimester your center of gravity changes, which can throw off your balance. Combine lack of balance with the fact that pregnancy hormones can cause ligaments to soften, and you’ve got an increased risk of injury.

If you do have to lift, consider using these techniques:

  • Lift with your legs and bend with your knees (not at your waist).
  • Stand as close as possible to the object you are lifting and bring it as close to your body as you can.
  • Bend your knees to set it down.
  • Avoid twisting at the spine as you lift.
  • Consider using a maternity belt to provide extra support.

Listen to your body. If it feels too heavy or uncomfortable, don’t lift it.

Don’t hesitate to recruit help.  Whether your recruiting efforts include scheduling pack/load/unload help, getting friends and family to do the work or having an expert moving company help moving your belongings, you’ll definitely need help with lifting and carrying heavy furniture and boxes. You can even make a party out of it— food and drinks are great motivators!

Take plenty of breaks.  If you’re handling any of the packing and moving on your own, make certain to stop often to rest.  If you notice light-headedness, swelling feet or any other symptom that just doesn’t feel right, stop what you’re doing immediately.

Drink plenty of fluids.  This is a good tip whether you’re moving or not.  Make sure to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine.

Moving is hard and stressful for everyone.  When you’re pregnant it’s especially important to be as prepared as possible in order to make it as easy as possible.  If doing the work on your own sounds like more than you want to take on, get a free moving estimate. Click here if you are in need for a professional moving company to help with moving your house equipment after packing them.  Just select the services you need and pay for the space you use.  It’s easy.