Pregnancy is an incredible and happy time for any family. Moving while pregnant though, has its ups and downs. This means you should take extra precautions during this time. Safety should be a priority during this period. We will share 8 tips for moving safely while pregnant that will make everything easier and safer for you.
Pregnancy is an exciting time and should be celebrated and treated with utmost care. Understandably, some families may decide to move during this time as they are expecting a new family member and need more space.
The very first thing you should do is to ask your doctor if it’s okay to move. Also, how much you can or cannot exert your body. Medical clearance is needed for a move while pregnant, especially in the beginning and the last trimester of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is classified as high risk, and you have to make that move. Ask for help and do the bare minimum, but remember your doctor's advice first!
If you are moving later in pregnancy and have established a relationship with your doctor, see if your doctor can refer you to another one in the city or state you’re moving to unless you’re staying in the same area. When moving to another state, ask for your medical records so you can give them to your new doctor.
When looking for a new doctor in the state or city you’re moving to, check credentials as you want to make sure you and your baby are well taken care of.
Here are a few things to look out for:
Pregnancy is a very special time and should be treated as such. Listen to your doctor for all instructions, no matter how strong you think or feel.
PRO TIP: The best thing to do is to find a doctor a few months before you move.
Safety more than anything comes first whenever you’re moving, but more so when you’re moving while pregnant. Keep a first aid kit close so you use it whenever needed. You should also consider the types of clothes and shoes you wear while packing and on moving day.
Lightweight clothing is comfortable enough to accommodate your growing tummy, and comfortable non-slip shoes that aren’t tight as pregnancy can cause swelling.
You should never lift any heavy items while pregnant. If you aren’t sure an item is heavy, ask for help from your partner, friends, or family. You can lift light items like pillows, cushions, and the like.
Another option if you don’t have any help is to hire professional packers and movers. This can be expensive, but it will be worth it.
Take as much time as you need to pack. This means you should start packing as soon as you know your moving date, so you don’t leave everything to the last minute. Start slow and take all the time you need, but don’t take too much time as moving day will come, and you’ll have to be done before that day.
Packing takes a lot of your time and strength, so it needs to be done promptly so you can start clearing the home as soon as you can. The sooner you start packing, the better it will be at the end as you would’ve finished everything on time.
While packing and on moving day, it is imperative to take as many breaks as you need. Keep your stomach full, take your vitamins, and drink water. With that being said, let's get to the next tip.
Fill up a bottle with water and keep it by your side at all times. This is very important when pregnant as your body is already working “overtime” so helping yourself by helping your body will make everything better. Drink your water often and take breaks when needed.
So you’re all done packing and are ready for that big move. Moving day is here, and you have to be prepared. A moving day checklist will help make things easier for you. Your list should include a few key points like the following:
Waking up early- will give you a head start on the day. The earlier you start, the better, as you’ll avoid traffic.
Preparing all essentials you’re taking with you- pack all essentials a few days before and do a last-minute check on moving day. DO NOT forget essentials.
Last house check- do a last-minute round and check the whole house for any items you may have forgotten about, and make sure the house is clean and ready for the next tenants.
Water, food, and snacks for the trip- snacks are important. You’ll need to keep blood sugar levels stable, and water to stay hydrated.
Keys to your new home- keep these in your purse along with your car keys, so it's easy to remember where they are. They should be easily accessible.
Essentials for moving day should be for you and your family. If you have children, take toys, activity books, and snacks and make sandwiches. For pets, all necessary medication, food, and water too. Have a first aid kit handy, a driver's license, a lease, medical reports, house keys, etc. all the important things you may need to take with you should be in an essentials bag.
Take your vitamins, water, and healthy snacks for yourself. Remember to make sandwiches for the road.
You have to be very careful when pregnant during the moving process. Ask for your doctor's clearance, keep hydrated, take it slow and always put your and the baby’s safety first. If you cannot do everything yourself, ask for help. Family and friends will always be willing to help.
You can hire professional packers and movers if you don’t have the capacity and ability to make the move yourself. Stay safe and happy moving!
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