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Tips for Moving When You're Pregnant

February 11th, 2013 - 8:48 AM

Moving When Pregnant
If you’re expecting and have a move coming up, you’ll want to be very careful. The physical and emotional stress of moving can take its toll on your body.

Before doing anything related to the move, talk to your doctor about possible issues. While you’re doing that, here are some things to consider if you’re moving when you’re pregnant:

Find a doctor in your new town
Talk with your current doctor about referrals to a doctor in your new town. You’ll want to get prenatal care set up and all of your medical records transferred before your move. If you have health insurance, it’s also a good idea to make sure the doctor is in your insurance network.

Start packing early
If possible, start packing 6 to 8 weeks before your move. Set small goals, like packing 2-6 boxes a day, starting with nonessential items. Be careful when packing not to lift anything too heavy. Pregnancy changes your center of balance, so take extra care when picking up items. Also, pregnancy hormones can loosen your ligaments, putting extra stress on your joints, so use extra caution when lifting. When packing boxes, try placing the box on a table or countertop so you don’t have to bend over to place items inside.

Divide your essentials
As you finish packing, separate the boxes that have essential items and label them as essentials. Things like dishes, cookware, linens, and other essentials should be packed in these boxes. When you arrive at your new home, you can unpack these essentials first, and then take your time with the rest of the stuff. By separating these essentials, you won’t have to dig through endless boxes to find the stuff you need right away. This will allow you to unpack slowly without being pressured to find the stuff you need right away.

Get moving help
This may not be the time to try a truck rental move. If you’re on a tight budget and full-service moving doesn’t fit, consider a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack and add moving help to load the “big stuff.” U-Pack can refer you to a network of experienced movers to get the job done at an affordable price. You can get a free moving quote online anytime, or by calling 800-413-4799.

Take it easy on moving day
This a time when you can do as little work as you can. Take frequent breaks, stay hydrated and cool, and be careful lifting. If you get swollen feet, feel lightheaded, or have any complications, take a break and contact your doctor. Be careful to take care of yourself. This is the time to sit back and order everyone else around!

I would love to hear how you managed moving while you’re pregnant. Leave me a comment with your tips and advice. If you have any questions about U-Pack or moving while pregnant, just leave me a comment below. Good luck with your move and congrats on your bundle of joy!