If you are pregnant, moving can be very challenging if not outright exhausting. It would be to your advantage to organize and thoroughly plan your move to reduce any possible stress to you or your baby. Purchasing a house and moving typically creates plenty of anxiety, but when pregnant the possibility of severe hormonal mood swings can make your moving experience unbearable. When the moving day arrives, remember to drink plenty of fluids and pace yourself so you do not over-exert yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to unpack the essential items. If you are moving in your last trimester, it will be an extremely stressful event and you may feel completely overwhelmed. It is important to talk to your doctor about your move and what advice they can give you to make your move as stress-free and healthy as possible.
It is in your best interest to thoroughly plan your move, establish realistic deadlines, and start to prepare weeks ahead of time by packing your belongings before the actual moving date. If you have the financial wherewithal to hire a moving company to pack, move, and unpack your belongings, you will undoubtedly reduce your stress during the move. If you hire a moving company, you should get at least three quotes from reputable companies. Before deciding on a moving company, you should look up each company on the Better Business Bureau website to see if any complaints were filed against them. Make sure the company is licensed and has a good reputation, but if you decide to move yourself it would behoove you to find and accept as much help as you can get from your family and friends. When pregnant, you have to limit your physical exertion. The following suggestions are steps that you can take to make yourself more comfortable on your moving date.
• Thoroughly Plan Your Move – You can reduce stress and minimize any complications by thoroughly planning out your moving day. There will be a lot to do, so seek help from friends and family. The day before your move get plenty of rest. You should create a moving checklist and organize the boxes in the moving truck, so the important boxes are unloaded first at your new house. Remember, don’t move anything you don’t need or want, if it is just clutter, throw it out.
• Research Your New Neighborhood – Search online or take a drive to your new neighborhood and find the local grocery store, bank, hospital, and other places that you will need access to shortly after you move in. It is also important that you find a new doctor for you and your baby prior to relocating to your new home. Ask your current doctor if they have any recommendations for a new doctor near your soon-to-be home. You should complete all the paperwork with the new doctor prior to moving. This should allow them to have your medical records prior to your moving date.
• Overnight Bag – At least a month before your move, you should have your hospital bag packed and stored in the trunk of your car in case you go into labor early. It is in your best interest to pack an essential survival bag which should contain any necessities, such as: batteries, a blanket, a pillow, snacks, etc.
Once in your new home, if you have the urge to clean, remember to try to avoid any toxic products that may be harmful to you or your baby. Also, avoid lifting and moving furniture and heavy objects. Focus on unpacking necessities, such as: clothing, kitchen items, and bathroom accessories. Your hormones may be going crazy from your pregnancy and the stress of moving. You may also become extremely tired, so try to get plenty of rest before and after your moving day. Also, talk to your tax preparer, you may be eligible for some tax advantages due to any expenses you incur in moving.