It is no secret that moving is stressful but moving while pregnant can be even more so. From sudden waves of nausea to major fatigue, moving while pregnant comes with its own unique set of challenges. Once you add in the stress of planning a major move, it can quickly leave you feeling overwhelmed. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help make moving day a little less stressful. Here are 9 hacks for moving houses while pregnant:
1. Planning is key.
Behind every successful move, there is lots of careful planning. Moving while pregnant is no exception. If you are able to begin planning your move a few months in advance, this will go a long way to reduce unnecessary moving-related headaches later down the line. Start by making a list of all the things that need to be done. Things like cleaning your old home, packing up your belongings and finding movers should all be on the list. Once you have all of the tasks listed, you can begin organizing the list according to what needs to be done first.
2. Look for a new doctor.
Depending on how far you are moving, you may need to find a doctor that is closer to your new home. If this is the case, finding a new doctor should be your top priority. For first time patients, it can take weeks or even months to secure an appointment. With this in mind, the sooner you can find your new doctor, the better.
3. Eliminate stress.
One of the biggest challenges of moving while pregnant is finding a way to reduce stress and anxiety on moving day. Always remember that the health of you and your growing baby should be your primary focus. Things like taking a pre-move vacation or practicing deep breathing exercises can help you prepare for moving day.
4. Know your limits.
The physical and emotional demands of moving while pregnant can be great. At times, the ever-growing list of things to do may seem overwhelming. Always remember to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you feel like lying down or taking a nap, do it. If you feel lightheaded, sit down. It is very important not to overexert yourself while pregnant and moving.
5. Watch out for harmful chemicals.
Cleaning supplies often contain a number of chemicals that can be harmful to you or your unborn child. Avoid mixing chemicals like ammonia and bleach together. The fumes produced from this combination can be very harmful to your health. Also, remember to wear gloves when cleaning kitchens, bathrooms or other parts of your home. To be safe, you may want to consider using organic cleaning supplies that are free of parabens and other radicals.
6. Enlist some help.
Consider enlisting the help of friends or professional movers to help you pack up your home. With so many other things to focus on, packing up your entire home can compound the stress you are already feeling. Getting packing help is a great way to help alleviate some of that stress.
7. Hire professional movers.
The last thing you should be doing while pregnant is lifting and carrying heavy objects. Hiring professional movers is a great way to avoid this hassle altogether. When searching for a moving company, ask family and friends for their recommendations. Once you have a list, call several companies to get a quote. Once you have chosen a company for the job, make sure you select a date and time that work best for you and the rest of your family.
8. Label your boxes.
Labeling your boxes is a clever moving hack that can save you lots of time and stress finding things after the move. As you or your packers pack up your home, make sure that each box is labeled with its contents and the room that it belongs in. That way the movers will know where to take each box on moving day.
9. Buy baby supplies last.
Unless your due date is very close to your moving date, you may want to wait until you are in your new home before purchasing baby items. Not only will this save you the money of relocating these items, but it can also reduce the amount of time it takes to pack up your home. Once you are settled in your new home, you’ll have a better idea of what you need for the baby based on the size and utility of your new nursery space.