Carrying Boxes and Babies: How to Safely Move While Pregnant

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but moving while pregnant can be stressful. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, you could be dealing with exhaustion, morning sickness, or other health conditions. If you’re later in your pregnancy, you also might be very limited in what you can physically do.

Moving to a new home comes with many details to manage, and, while you’re coping with changes in your body, you don’t need the extra stress. We’ve got some tips to help keep you and your baby safe while keeping the stress levels down.

Talk to Your Doctor

You and your baby’s health are at the top of your priority list. During pregnancy, you don’t want to do any heavy lifting or other moving tasks that might result in too much exertion. Once you know you’re moving, consult with your doctor. He or she will look at your pregnancy history, how far along you are, and then provide guidance on what is or isn’t safe for you to do during your move.

Listen to Your Body

Making a move during any stage of pregnancy is taxing on both your body and mind. If you’re feeling worn out, be sure to take breaks when you need them. In the months, weeks, and days leading up to your move, get enough rest, eat healthily, and stay hydrated. While there always feels like much to do when moving (and usually there is!), your health comes first – ultimately, things will get done.

Seek Out Help to Pack, Move, and Clean

Don’t be timid to ask or accept help. Seek out as much help as you can to assist with packing and moving as possible. You’ll find that there are plenty of avenues to get help.

  • Recruit family, friends, and neighbors to help with heavy lifting. (Order pizzas and make a party of it!)
  • Hire professional packers and movers who are experienced with moving and will get the work done quickly.
  • Assign another household member, or ask a friend, to do the deep cleaning so you can avoid harmful chemicals – if you don’t have help, hire a cleaning company to do it for you.

Most people are very willing to lend a helping hand, especially when you’re expecting. Receiving help from others not only relieves some of the burdens with moving, but also allows you to focus on tasks such as arranging utilities, putting in change of address notices, and making lists of other important details you’ll need to manage.

Delay Setting Up the Nursery

While you’re probably anxious to plan your nursery and start gathering baby supplies, it’s best to wait until after your move. Baby items create extra packing, not to mention it’ll cost more in both time and money. Any supplies you need immediately, you can order online and have them delivered to your new place. Even if you move close to your due date and need supplies, you can delay planning your nursery. Chances are your baby will be sharing a room with you in the initial weeks or months, so you can take your time planning and setting up the nursery the way you imagine it to be.

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