The thrill of nurturing a new life cannot be compared to anything else in the world and should be rightfully deemed more important than any other current circumstances or imminent events. However, it is a proven fact that most pregnant women have a strong nesting instinct and desire to ensure a safe and comfortable home for their offspring. This urge to nest results in a number of consequential decisions and often becomes a very powerful motivating force for moving house. Despite the various positive effects that moving to a new larger, safer and cozier home will certainly have on the entire family, relocating while pregnant can be a very daunting task. The great challenge results from the fact that moving house is known to be an extremely stressful and troublesome experience that may endanger the well-being of the mother-to-be and her unborn child.
So, if moving while pregnant, you should be very prudent in order to avoid unnecessary risks and to ensure the successful outcome of your relocation adventure.
Things to consider when moving house during pregnancy
There are many meticulous plans to make and laborious tasks to perform when organizing a residential move but if you are moving to a new house while pregnant, safety should be your top concern. Careful planning is the key to ensuring a smooth and safe relocation, so do your best to be one step ahead of the events all the time:
Decide on a favorable moving date
Without a doubt, moving in the third trimester is very difficult and risky, not only for health reasons but also because it will leave you less time to get used to your new surroundings before giving birth. You are advised to perform your move as early in your pregnancy as possible, so that you have enough time to find a trustworthy new doctor, a good maternity hospital and a local parenting support center, to learn your way around peaceful green areas, affordable shopping centers and useful local businesses, to get to know your new neighbors and so on.
If possible, avoid moving during the summer as the extreme heat poses additional risks for your well-being. Besides, the peak moving season is between May and September which means that you will have to pay more for moving services during the summer period and will probably have to deal with many nerve-wracking problems that are not good for your health. National holidays, weekends and the last/first few days of a month should also be voided for the same reasons.
Stay organized and focused
Get hold of a trusty little notebook and plan literally every day you have left until your move. The only way to bring order into the moving chaos is to have a very clear idea of what should be done, when it should be completed and what is the best way to deal with it. Include every single task in your moving calendar, big and small alike (from finding competent movers and packing your entire household to canceling your membership in the library and having your mail forwarded), and don’t forget about your regular medical check-ups, relaxation exercises and whatever else you need to maintain your physical and mental well-being.
Find a doctor in your new town
Discuss your forthcoming relocation with your doctor and ask for any useful advice and references so that you can stay safe and healthy throughout the moving process and find quickly a trustworthy new doctor in your future area (it is a good idea to check if the specific doctor is in your insurance network). You need to get prenatal care set up and all your medical records transferred before your move. Don’t forget about prescription medications or any special treatment you might need while pregnant.
Secure moving help
Performing a self-move while you are pregnant should not even cross your mind, unless you are moving locally and have many caring relatives or close friends who will certainly come to your help and will make sure you don’t lift heavy items, don’t get upset and don’t miss your healthy meals or refreshing naps, etc. Otherwise, book the services of a reputable moving company as early as possible. Opt for a full-service move – your chosen movers will take care of all the aspects of the laborious moving process and you will have enough time to address more important issues. Just be prudent enough and get several quotes, ask for binding on-site estimates, interview your movers and research them well (legitimacy, insurance, etc.), read the paperwork carefully and hire the best moving services for you in order to avoid moving scams and troubles and to ensure a smooth relocation.
Envisage your new family nest
Direct your energy into making plans for your new surroundings and your happy new life. Envisage the perfect nursery, draw up the design for your new space, create a charming home decor and start researching mom’s groups and pregnancy resources in your new area. Pregnancy should be spent dreaming not worrying.
How to move house when pregnant
To prevent the physical and emotional stress of relocating from taking its toll on your body, follow our valuable tips for moving to a new house while pregnant:
- Start packing early – sort out your belongings and start packing from the items you need the least. Be careful not to lift anything heavy and not to get too tired. When packing boxes, place them on a table or countertop so that you don’t have to bend over to put and arrange items inside;
- Pack your essentials separately – not only your documents and valuables, but also all your personal care items should stay with you all the time. Make sure your hospital bag doesn’t get shoved in the moving truck along with your other household items, especially if you are in the last months of pregnancy;
- Label all the boxes carefully – you may not have the energy to unpack everything immediately after arrival, so make sure you will be able to find whatever you need within minutes. A good labeling system will allow you to unpack slowly without any pressure or anxiety;
- Take it easy on Moving day – don’t rush things and don’t try to be a moving hero! Do as little work as possible, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Even if something goes wrong, don’t get too upset or hit the panic button – remember that what matters most is to be safe and healthy;
- Have the utilities running in your new place – don’t forget to contact all the services providers and to transfer utilities in time so that you have water and electricity when you arrive in your new home;
- Take advantage of restaurants – you need healthy meals, so don’t just feed on pizza for the entire period while you are prevented from cooking. Go to nice family restaurants that serve quality food instead;
- Take your time arranging your new home – you will certainly want your dream home to be ready before the baby arrives but it doesn’t mean you should finish cleaning, furnishing and decorating your new place in a couple of days. Avoid strenuous work and toxic cleaning products. Ask a close friend or relative of yours to lend you a helping hand when it comes to moving heavy items around, assembling furniture, scrubbing the floors, etc. Complete all the urgent post-relocation tasks slowly and carefully, always thinking about your safety and the safety of your baby first;
- Baby-proof your new home.
Pregnancy and moving are both life-changing and very emotional experiences. What you need to remember when moving house while pregnant is that you are personally moving a priceless gift from one home to another, so you need to do everything humanly possible to keep the unborn baby and yourself safe and happy!