How to safely move when you’re pregnant
Moving While Pregnant
If you’re going to be relocating while pregnant, some things you need to pay special attention to and others are advisable. While prepping and making the move, whatever energy levels your pregnancy brings to you at any stage of the pregnancy, never push yourself, and always listen to your body. Pregnancy can be different for every woman, and until you are pregnant you won’t know how you’re going to feel, both physically and emotionally. You may find that you have more energy than expected. Or, a usually energized person may not have as much get-up-and-go as they thought they would.
Start Planning Early
If your moving time frame allows, plan ahead as much as you can. Being pregnant, you might need more time than anticipated to accomplish some of the moving tasks. Creating a detailed to do list will help enormously with planning what needs to be done and will also help with the “pregnancy brain” that can all to often accompany being pregnant. Check out our Moving Checklist and Moving Timeline.
Start packing the things you will not need on an immediate basis, such as seasonal clothing, linens, kitchenware, and leave only the essentials. Then, when moving day approaches, there shouldn’t be too much left to pack.
Talk To Your Current Health care Provider
As each pregnancy is different, it is recommended to speak with your health care provider to see if it’s safe for you to physically be involved in the moving process. If your pregnancy is considered high risk for any reason, in all probability you will not be able to lift any heavy items.
If your health care provider says it's ok for you to lift boxes and heavier items, ask what is considered a safe weight. When lifting, always practice and pay attention to the below safety habits.
Register With A New Health care Provider
If you will be moving to a new city, state or country, you will need to find a new doctor, OBGYN or midwife. Speak with your current health care provider to see if they have any recommendations. At the same time, do some research into prenatal care and birthing facilities in your new destination. Once you have found a few providers that you would like to meet, schedule an appointment. Inform your current provider that you are moving and will need a copy of your medical records sent to the new health care provider.
Accept And Ask For Assistance
It is important, if needed, to ask for help and assistance when moving during pregnancy. If you are planning to pack yourself and need an extra pair of hands, or two, call in some friends. Having a “packing party” is common. If you have been advised by your health care provider not to do any heavy lifting, this might be a perfect opportunity for you to have some friends over and get the house packed up.
You may also be considering hiring professional packers. When pregnant, this may be a wise choice.
Hire A Professional Moving Company
Hiring a professional moving company to transport your belongings is advisable when pregnant. This way, you know all the heavy lifting, loading and unloading will be handled by a moving crew that are specifically trained. If you are planning to hire a moving company, you’ll want to know important information on How to Chose a Moving Company.
Moving homes will usually require some cleaning, both at the old home and the new home. Some basic remodeling or decorating might also be happening. Using natural cleaning products is always safest and are easily accessible. If you’re into making your own cleaning products, there are numerous homemade tips and recipes.
If painting needs to be done while pregnant, it is best to limit your exposure to the paint fumes. The most common paints used contain solvents (petroleum-based chemicals), which can cause health problems if too much is inhaled. Try and have any painting or renovations completed once you move out of your old home or prior to moving into your new home. Like natural cleaners, there are a variety of natural paints that can be used.
Pack An Essentials Bag
If you will be present on moving and delivery day, make sure you have something that you can sit on and rest. Also having a moving day/essentials bag packed with everything you need on a daily basis is recommended. Pack for the duration that you will be in transit and include items such as: clothes, any medications and medical papers, toiletries, including plenty of tissue paper for frequent restroom stops, snacks, water, and any other items of comfort.
If your move will take place close to your due date, also include the items you would keep in your “hospital bag” in your moving/essentials bag. If you go into labor early, you will be prepared.
Staying healthy during your move and keeping your energy levels balanced is important. Continue