There are few things in life that can be as stressful as moving – but, moving doesn’t have to be stressful until adding an element of pregnancy to it. Having to deal with nausea, fatigue, and mood swings along with the pressures of moving can be almost impossible while managing a move into a new home, especially with kids. You’ve already went through the process of searching homes for sale, making an offer and going through the escrow process – no need to add more stress with moving.
That being said, here are a few tips that may help you complete a successful move into a new house while pregnant.
1-) Minimize Stress
Even though it is a stressful process, find ways to manage it. Reduce anxiety as much as possible and remember that the health of your unborn baby comes first. A few ways to help minimize stress is to practice deep-breathing exercises, get to bed early and try to get as good of sleep at nights as you can. Another way to help reduce stress with all the moving parts when moving into a new home, plan out the move by room, by person, who is doing what and when. This is a perfect Segway into #2.
2-) Proper Planning
Planning ahead will make things easier for you on the moving day. When pregnant, it is wise to start planning months ahead. If you wait too long, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Create a to-do list that includes all the important tasks like finding a good mover, cleaning, and packing. Come up with a plan to handle unexpected issues. Being over prepared is much better than not preparing enough.
3-) Get a Doctor
When moving to a new home, ensure that you have a doctor in the area and a hospital picked out for delivery depending on how far along you are. Knowing that you have a professional to take care of you will put your mind at ease. Making a first-time appointment with your doctor can take a lot of time. It is, therefore, wise to find one a few months before your move. Research the best doctors and hospitals in your area and schedule an appointment. When in doubt, consider getting recommendations from your current doctor.
4-) Hire Professional Movers
Consider seeking the help of professional movers to make your move successful and minimize stress. When pregnant, the last thing you want to do is lift heavy bags onto a track. It is best, to avoid strenuous tasks completely. Professional movers will take care of everything and you can rest.
When trying to find the right movers, call a few companies and conduct interviews to determine your best option. They will do an inspection of your home and belongings and give you a quote.
Once you have the right movers, pick a moving time and date that works for you. Label your boxes correctly to ensure that everything goes in its right place.
5-) Don’t Purchase Baby Supplies Yet
Unless your baby will be arriving soon, do not purchase their nursery furnishings or supplies yet. That way, you can save money on the moving costs. You will also spend less time packing them. If you have plenty of baby supplies at the time of the move, you may be stressed about the possibility of damaging them. Once you get to your new home, you can access what your baby needs and buy it.
6-) Pay Attention to Your Body
When pregnant, moving can be physically and emotionally tasking. If you have no help, it may all be too much for you. It is important to avoid overexerting yourself regardless of the pressure. If you feel thirsty, take a drink, when tired, get some rest. Do not push yourself too much.
In conclusion, being pregnant does not have to stop you from moving. With some research and the right movers, it can be a happy experience.