Tips for Moving When You're Pregnant
Pregnancy tips — what to do during a move
Having a baby is a big life change. Add moving to the mix, and it can get overwhelming. Moving involves physical work and can be emotionally tough, and those stressors can take a toll on your body — pregnant or not. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of easy-to-follow tips. Use them throughout the moving process to keep you and your baby healthy and make the move as smooth as possible.
Guidelines for moving while pregnant
Every pregnancy and move is different, but there are steps you can take to ensure success. Take a look at the tips below to get started.
An important note: Before doing any moving-related activities (like lifting boxes or painting), talk to your doctor about any issues that may occur.
Reduce stress by planning ahead
With moving requiring multiple tasks like making reservations for travel, scheduling equipment drop off, and finding a new place to live, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Reduce stress by planning ahead and following a comprehensive moving checklist to keep everything organized. And don’t forget to make time for relaxation! A gentle walk, pedicure or prenatal yoga class can make a big difference in how you feel.
Choose the right moving service
Since there are many extra costs that come with having a baby, you may be looking for an affordable move. Self-moving is often a money-saving option, but a service like truck rental may not be in the cards during pregnancy because it requires more work. U-Pack® is an ideal solution because it doesn’t require picking up or dropping off equipment, and you don’t have to drive. And if you need assistance loading and unloading, you can add loading or unloading help to the move. Get a free moving quote online anytime, or by calling 800-413-4799.
Start early and use help
When doing any sort of DIY move, take your time and use a support system for help. Call over a friend and have a packing party, or spend some time each evening packing a few boxes with your partner so you aren’t doing too much at once. Make packing as easy and comfortable as possible by placing boxes on a table or countertop so you don’t have to bend over multiple times.
Be careful lifting
While there’s not an exact weight limit during pregnancy, it’s recommended that you lift 20 to 25 percent less weight than you were capable of pre-pregnancy. As a general rule of thumb, avoid doing anything that’s painful — you can always do tasks like labeling and packing! Learn more about lifting from the American Pregnancy Association.
Take frequent breaks
Too much standing can cause vein issues, so watch for swelling of the feet and ankles. Listen to your body, stay hydrated, keep food in your stomach and take plenty of breaks. Reduce any swelling by propping your feet up.
Use care around chemicals
Take precautions when cleaning your old home and preparing the new one for move in. Most commercial cleaning products are safe as long as you use them in a well-ventilated area while wearing gloves. If smells cause issues, look for more natural cleaners that are unscented. Talk to your doctor about exposure to other chemicals (like paint) because some fumes can cause health issues.
Find a new care provider
Before moving, you’ll need to find a new healthcare provider. Whether looking for a doctor, midwife or doula, it’s important to make connections as soon as possible. Talk with your current provider about referrals in the new town (then check that they’re in your insurance network) and set appointments to meet them. And don’t forget to have all medical records transferred!
Consider waiting on baby items
While it’s exciting to start buying baby clothing, furniture and toys, it would be easier to wait until after the move to start. If you buy things before the move, you’ll have to pack and move them (and having more items can increase the cost). If there’s going to be a baby shower before moving, one option would be to ask for gift cards instead of large presents.
Take it easy on moving day
We would love to hear how you managed moving while pregnant. Leave a comment with any tips and advice. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. Good luck with the move and congrats on your bundle of joy!