Top 3 Tips for Moving When You’re Expecting
Moving while expecting a baby? Read this!
Moving house and being pregnant are two different things that are stressful in itself – but what if you’d have to be doing both at the same time? From packing and unpacking, to dealing with the stress that comes along with carrying a baby on your belly, moving into a new home requires a lot of physical stamina and emotional strength. So if you’ve tried and have successfully moved while being pregnant, congratulations – you’re a winner no doubt!
In this article, let’s discuss what you can do to prepare when the moving day comes, and when you’d have no choice but to carry on while you’re expecting.
Tip #1: Make a plan
You don’t just decide to move the next day, do you? If you’d want your move to be successful, you need to plan way ahead. And if you’re pregnant? You need to plan way more advanced than usual. This will help you avoid the unnecessary stress of last-minute episodes.
So how do you do it?
● Create a checklist of your to-do’s. List all of the tasks you need to do before, during, and after your moving day. It’s also helpful to create an inventory of your things so you can monitor them properly and ensure they won’t get lost in the process. If possible, compile your not-so-everyday items in your home storage to keep clutter at bay. It would also help to seek an extra hand from other resources when organizing becomes difficult, considering you’ve got a “pregnancy brain” running in your head. Forgetfulness and having trouble with memory will make keeping up with appointments and to-do’s especially hard when you’re expecting so tools such as Trello, ClickUp, or Asana can do the job for you.
● Find a new doctor. If you’re moving to a new place that’s miles and miles away, you’d typically need a new doctor to help you get through your pregnancy. This isn’t something you can do pretty easily once you’ve settled in your new home. Ideally, make plans to go find your new doctor even before you’ve actually moved.
Tip #2: Purge the old, make room for the new!
Sort and sift through your stuff to identify which items you no longer need to carry with you to your new home. Get rid of things you don’t need and have them delivered to Goodwill or a local shelter. You can also make some extra moolah by selling your usable things online – Facebook Marketplace or eBay can be a good option!
You can then start buying supplies for your little one – baby furniture, clothing, baby supplies – and make sure to get it delivered to your new address. This minimizes your effort of having to relocate everything on moving day. While waiting for that day, make sure your essentials are properly boxed and stored in your home storage to keep things organized.
Anything that’s already boxed and ready to be moved before moving day can be kept in a self storage unit for extra safety. This will help clear up the mess in your home. Just make sure you choose a self storage facility that’s trusted and conveniently located.
Tip #3: Don’t stress yourself out!
This is probably the most important tip you’ll ever need while you’re in the transition of moving. Nurturing your growing baby and taking yourself should be the number priority – even more important than relocating. Whether you’re still in the planning stage, or already in the actual process, keeping stress in check is important. Here’s how to minimize it.
● Always make time for daily walks, breathe some fresh air, and don’t forget your exercise routines!
● Socialize with your good friends to take your mind off of a stressful move.
● Give yourself a treat! Have a babymoon vacay or get a prenatal massage!
● Sleep well. Always make it a goal to sleep 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep regularly.
● Pay attention to your body. If you feel like resting, rest. If things are too much to handle, don’t overexert. Avoid pushing yourself too much and let the movers (or your other companions) do the job.
Being pregnant is a serious and rewarding journey – so take the time to enjoy the moment as you wait for your little one. The key is to always plan ahead and take one baby step at a time. If you’re unsure of what to do, don’t be shy to seek help. Enjoy the journey and congratulations in advance!