Moving Home During Pregnancy
Moving home entails a degree of stress, and the difficulties increase significantly with a baby bump and unsettled hormones. Removalists provide the muscle to assist with packing, transportation, and relocation of possessions, but the following advice comes from mums who have been in similar situations.
Planning the move
Life is full of unexpected surprises, no more so than the announcement of a new addition to your family. Moving home during pregnancy may not seem to be the ideal scenario, but with the right help it need not be an insurmountable obstacle. There is every chance your energy levels will waver during pregnancy, so let your friends and family know about your upcoming move so you have a helping hand every step of the way. You may not be able to do the heavy lifting, but that will give you the opportunity to utilise your coordination skills. Begin by making step-by-step to-do lists for each stage of the move.
Removalists provide options to assist with packing, supply boxes and dedicate extra manpower wherever required, so you can do as little or as much as you are comfortable with. Professionals can pack an entire household of belongings in a few hours, and you may prefer to assist by light packing of bits and pieces such as seasonal clothing ahead of moving day.
Packing before the moving day
You may not be able to pack everything yourself, however you can organise suitable boxes. Avoid flimsy and too small boxes as they only add time to the move, including extra trips back and forth to the moving truck. Keep a good marker pen on hand to label each box. You can then take your time to unpack essentials at your new home. It’s also a good idea to pack essential baby gear separately just in case your baby arrives early. Enlist the help of friends to set up a nursery in your new home.
Avoid excessive bending while packing and unpacking boxes. Your pelvic ligaments will be stretching and loosening to accommodate the baby and unwanted movement can result in pelvic pain or backache.
Make up an essential survival kit such as batteries, bulbs, toiletries and anything else you may need to keep on hand. You should also keep a dedicated hospital bag in the glove box of your car so it is there when needed.
Get familiar with your new suburb
Take time out to explore the local area. Visit the supermarket, chemist and nearest hospital so you know exactly where to go when the need arises. Local baby or toddler groups are a wealth of information and an opportunity to make friends and get advice. Choose your hospital in advance of the move, and make sure you are comfortable with your choice.
Remember to register with your new local doctor, midwife or dentist, and keep your hospital notes or important documents on hand ready to be transferred. Life can also be made easier by taking advantage of a supermarket delivery service to help you through the first few months at your new home.
Treat yourself after the move. You may not be doing the heavy lifting but it will still be a busy energy-sapping day. Pack items such as creams, bubble bath or candles to help sooth and lift your mood once you have settled in. Last but not least, remember to drink plenty of water during the move. After all, the most precious possession of all is not in the moving truck, but in you belly.