Moving Before Having a Baby

Moving with children is one thing. However, a household move when you have a baby on the way is an entirely different experience. You might have more free hands, but your mobility isn’t quite the same.

Fortunately, moving at this time is common. Here are several ways you can make it easier.

Start Early

First, consult with your doctor to confirm that it’s safe for you to help in the moving process.

If you are moving to a new community or area, set up a new doctor before you relocate and transfer your medical records ahead of time. Having these things in place before your move will give you peace of mind and less worry.

Moving always takes longer than people expect. Unfortunately for you, the process might take even longer.

As you progress, you might notice that your mobility decreases. While you feel better and more active, you’ll have an easier time sorting and packing. If you can, schedule your moving date for your second trimester. Try to avoid planning it for the last month because you can’t predict the baby’s timing.

Once you have a date, start packing as soon as you can. Then, if you have twelve weeks to work with, you’ll feel better and less stressed than if you only have eight.

Set Limits

People tend to fall on one of two extremes about pregnancy. They either think you can still do everything (like they did), or they won’t allow you to do anything at all.

Feel free to set your own limits. You may have to be strict, especially if you have a full-time job or older children to care for.

Pick a maximum amount of activity each day, and stick to it. You’ll protect your energy that way.

Listen to Your Body

When you are pregnant, you probably hear many people telling you to listen to your body. For moving, it’s something you should do.

It’s easy to overdo it, especially when you have daily goals to reach. But like moving when you have any other condition, the risk of overdoing it while pregnant is higher. You don’t want to end up straining muscles or triggering preterm labor.

Pay attention to how you feel while sorting and packing. If you start to feel sore or sick, take a break. Maybe even ask someone else to take over.

Hire Help

Moving is hard enough. It’s a lot more difficult when you can’t sit comfortably, stand on ladders or extend to reach things.

You can solve many problems by hiring professional packers to load your home. You may have to sort some of your things, but the heavy work will be someone else’s job.

This goes double for hiring movers. There are many benefits of hiring movers — peace of mind comes at the top of the list. You won’t have to worry about hurting yourself or asking a friend to get heavy furniture out of the house.

Allow Time to Settle In

You don’t always get to pick your moving date. But if you can, choose one that’s a couple of months before the baby arrives.

You’re going to need time to settle in. That’s true even if you’re not doing a big nursery remodel.

Get used to the space first. Then, take the opportunity to babyproof. They’ll be here before you know it.

Moving Assistance

Getting ready to move and getting ready for the baby sometimes happens at the same time. For more information about how you can make both experiences a lot less stressful, contact us for a free quote.