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Moving can be stressful at any point in your life, but even more so during pregnancy. Here are some tips to survive moving day when you’re pregnant.
1. Get the OK from your healthcare provider
Before you start packing, it’s best to check with your OB or Midwife to get the all-clear. Some pregnant women may be limited to how much they can lift, especially under certain circumstances (like if you are at a higher risk for preterm labor).
You should also have a conversation with your provider about proper techniques for lifting while pregnant. The CDC states that “pregnant women are at higher risk of an injury while lifting due to differences in posture, balance, and an inability to hold things close to the body because of her changing size.”
In addition to the posture changes, your body produces increased levels of the hormone relaxin during pregnancy. This hormone helps loosen all of your ligaments in preparation for labor, but unfortunately it isn’t targeted to just the ligaments needed for childbirth – it loosens everything in your body. This results in an increased risk of injury during pregnancy, especially if you are doing lots of bending and lifting.
2. Start early
Give yourself plenty of time to go through things. I would start with decluttering before you even begin to pack. Now is a great time to go through and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Not only will this help organize your life, it can provide some extra cash if you decide to sell some of your items. This can help pay for extras during your move (like hiring a moving company) which I’ll get to in the next tip!
Once you have finished decluttering and organizing, give yourself plenty of time to start packing. It’s tempting to just push through and try to get it all done at once, but it’s important not to push yourself too hard during this time. Take plenty of breaks and try not to stress yourself out over the move (I know, easier said than done).
3. Ask for help
I know it’s not fun to have to ask for help. I’m one of those people who prefers to just get things done instead of waiting for my husband to give me a hand. However, pregnancy is not the time to test your limits. Make sure to get help moving or packing anything large or heavy leading up to your moving day.
When it comes to the day of moving, I highly suggest hiring a moving company to help out. Not only will they help relieve some of the stress, they can also take care of all of the lifting so you can focus on you and baby. If you are a Nevada local, I would highly recommend checking out Muscle Movers LLC Las Vegas. Not only will they do all of the heavy lifting, they also provide so many other helpful services such as:
- Providing boxes, pads and other packing materials
- Wrapping special items for you to ensure they’re secure
- Packing your entire household, deliver it, and unpack it
- Giving you organizing tips, checklists, and perform a final sweep for forgotten items
- Loading and unloading in a certain order according to your preferences
- Providing secure, climate controlled storage for items no longer needed
- Specialty moving: Piano Moving in Las Vegas area
Forget about the lifting, having someone do the moving from start to finish takes the stress out of moving altogether. Plus, there is no better time to take advantage of this than when you are growing a human.
4. Timing is everything
If you have any flexibility with your moving date, try to schedule it for your second trimester.
The first trimester is usually accompanied by morning sickness and fatigue – a combination that can make the moving process very difficult. The third trimester is when the physical discomforts of pregnancy start to kick in along with the need to use the bathroom every few minutes, also making it more challenging to make a move.
The second trimester is generally the favorite of the three and most moms report feeling more energized both physically and mentally.
5. She’s making a list and checking it twice
Creating a to-do list is a great way to stay organized and decrease stress. Whenever you think of something that needs to be done, just add it to the list. This way you can delegate tasks so you aren’t stuck having to take care of everything yourself. This includes all of the normal moving tasks (like dmv visits, switching over utilities, packing, etc.) but it also includes some pregnancy-specific tasks such as:
- Research and decide on a new prenatal care provider
- Look up local hospitals and schedule a tour
- Pack a hospital bag (depending on how far along you are)
- Install or have baby’s car seat easily accessible
- Reschedule any prenatal appointments
- Research and decide on a new pediatrician
In addition to the stress of the move, pregnancy brain is real! Creating lists and adding important events into your calendar will help you keep track of what needs to be done and when.
6. Pack a moving day kit
It’s easy to forget to care for yourself, especially on moving day. Make sure to pull out a camping or beach chair so you can sit down and rest when needed and ensure you have access to plenty of water throughout the day. I would also recommend packing a kit with any medications and prenatal vitamins, an overnight bag with a change of clothes, toiletries, healthy snacks, and a phone charger.
7. Listen to your body
The most important thing when it comes to moving day is to listen to your body. If you are further along in your pregnancy, you might experience Braxton Hicks contractions if you are pushing yourself too much. These are practice contractions, but can often be triggered by things like dehydration or being overactive. You should also watch out for other signs like pain or swelling and give your provider a call if they don’t go away after rest or if they get worse over time.
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