Moving is stressful and physically exhausting at the best of times. Moving while pregnant can add an extra challenge to moving home, especially at a time when you should be avoiding stress and fatigue.
However, moving to a new place to welcome your new baby can also be a very exciting time, and you’ll likely be keen to get organised and get set up in your new home. Below are some of our top tips for moving when you’re pregnant, to keep both you and baby safe and happy.
Talk to your doctor
Before you start doing anything too physically strenuous, you should speak with your doctor. Every pregnancy is unique, and you might have different requirements and limitations. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or are in the third trimester, you might not be able to do as much physical activity as you would usually. Your doctor will be able to advise on the safest activity you can take part in.
Ask for help
Extra help is always useful when you’re moving home. But being pregnant is even more reason to get some extra assistance, and not just for moving day itself.
Of course, you’ll be aware of the risks that come with heavy lifting when you’re pregnant. So, employing a professional removal company might be the best option to keep both you and your baby safe. At Britannia Movers International, we also provide an expert packing service, which not only helps to ensure your belongings are transported safely but can also save you a job. We can pack your items, load them, and unload them in your new home, reassembling furniture so it’s all ready for you.
You could also ask for help in advance of moving day. Friends and family might be able to help you declutter and organise your belongings ahead of the move, easing the strain on you.
Be aware of your physical restrictions
You know your body best, so make sure you’re aware of any physical restrictions that you have during pregnancy. Back strain and joint problems are more common during pregnancy, so you’ll need to take extra care if you’re lifting or moving boxes. Make sure you’re bending and lifting safely, bending your knees to not put extra strain on your back.
Moving things in smaller, lighter loads can help to make the job easier and help to avoid injury. You could also get wrist supports to help avoid carpal tunnel pain, which is more common in pregnancy, and make sure you have adequate arch support. Standing for long periods of time when pregnant can result in swelling in the feet and ankles, so give yourself plenty of rest time too.
Give yourself plenty of time to pack
Pregnancy can take a toll on your body, and you’ll likely find that you tire quickly. So, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to organise and pack your belongings. This means you can allow ample time to rest and look after yourself too.
Moving can be stressful, so not leaving things to the last minute can help to alleviate any anxiety you might have. This is important for everyone, but especially for pregnant people.
Make a checklist
Many pregnant people can suffer from the dreaded pregnancy brain, where hormones can affect your memory. You can combat this by making sure you have a checklist of everything you need to get done and what you need to pack.
Britannia has a handy moving checklist that can help you plan in advance, so your entire move goes smoothly. We also have a change of address list so you can make sure all necessary parties are informed of your move, and you can utilise our change of address service to make the process a breeze.
Make a moving day kit
A moving day kit is essential for everyone who moves, but it can be particularly helpful when you’re pregnant. Put aside a box or bag for essential items that you’ll need on moving day, such as snacks, medications, toiletries, toilet paper, phone charger, and water bottle. You could even have a fold-up stool or camping chair handy so you can take a seat whenever you might need to throughout the day – especially helpful if your sofas are currently in another location.
If you’re moving home, let Britannia do the hard work for you. We provide reliable and efficient removal services across the UK, helping with every size of move. You can find your nearest Britannia office or get a removals quote today.