Moving is always stressful, and it can be made even more stressful if you’re pregnant. Whether you are moving because you need some more space when the baby comes or another reason, there are things you can do to reduce your stress and make the move a more exciting experience. Keep reading for some tips for moving while pregnant.
While hiring movers sounds like an obvious decision to some, many people prefer to move their own stuff. They may feel less rushed and like they have more time, but sometimes just getting it done and not dragging the process out reduces stress and lets them focus on other tasks. Therefore, it may be best to hire movers. There are dozens of large nationwide companies that offer packing and moving services, but if you would rather find someone locally, check out websites such as Hire A Helper or Thumbtack. These databases provide users with various options of local individuals and businesses that can help you regardless if your move is short- or long- distance. If you prefer to support small businesses, websites like these are a good place to start.
Move Before Your Third Trimester
If you’re moving while you’re pregnant, it is probably best to do so before your third trimester. No woman wants to be carrying boxes, stressing more, and sweating excessively during this critical time, as most pregnant women already naturally have some degree of back and foot pain. Of course, trying to move earlier in your pregnancy to avoid this does not make you weak, but will certainly make it a more comfortable experience.
Leave Time for Resting
Despite our best efforts to be prepared for everything at all times, we often end up being rushed and extra stressed with little time to rest. This is no difference when moving, as it seems like there is always stuff we still need to do. You can set an alarm to remind you to take a break, and apps such as Headspace or Waking Up can help you relax. Taking time for ourselves is always important, but pregnant women can benefit even more from it. Even just a short break every 30 minutes or hour can reduce your stress and keep you strong.
Stay Hydrated and Healthy
With our refrigerators and cabinets empty, it can be extremely appealing to pick up fast food or take out when we are in the middle of a move (who doesn’t love French fries and milkshakes?). Staying hydrated and healthy is crucial for the health of a growing fetus, so making sure you get enough water and healthy foods are important. Apps such as Mealime can help you plan out your diet and give you ideas on what kinds of food may save you time during your move while maintaining your health. Of course, meal delivery services such as HelloFresh allow you to make healthy meals in a very short amount of time.
Most women who have had children will agree that the “pregnancy brain” is a real thing. It’s okay to be forgetful or lose track of items and tasks during this time, so instead of dwelling on it, there are things you can do to make your move easier. This includes making a list of supplies you need (bubble wrap, boxes, tape, etc.) as well as tasks you need to get done (transfer your cable service, change your mailing address on things, and so on) and room-by-room outlines of how and what to pack. If you’re the type of person who likes to put pen to paper, you can certainly do it that way, or you can use free apps such as 2Do that allow you to make and track your to-do lists.
Consult Your Doctor
Last, but certainly not least, you should definitely ask your doctor for his or her advice on your move. Aside from you, your doctor knows your pregnancy best. If you are at risk for preterm labor or other complications, your doctor may tell you to sit back while other people do the packing, lifting, and moving. He or she may also have tips for you that would be useful if you are able to participate. This may include demonstrations on how to properly bend and lift while moving.