Do you remember the last time you started thinking about moving? If you are like most people, you might be nervous about an upcoming move, since they typically involve a lot of work, packing, heavy lifting, and frustration. Although it might seem difficult to relocate, things don't have to be hard. By understanding the moving process and working with the right people, you can prevent issues in the first place. I wanted to start focusing on creating a positive moving experience for other people, so I started working hard towards creating an excellent website. Read more about moving now and how you can enjoy a happier existence.
Are you moving—and pregnant? Whether you're in the first trimester or nearing your due date, take a look at what you need to know before you prep, pack, or hire a moving company.
Can You Pack Your Home?
The answer to this question is yes—and no. There are plenty of packing activities pregnant women can easily (and safely) engage in. You can fold clothes, place items in bins, organize, inventory, and label belongings. Avoid packing or prep activities that require lifting, are strenuous, or force you into an awkward or physically uncomfortable position. Give yourself enough time to pack and ask for plenty of help. This means that you may need to start packing weeks before your move and enlist the rest of your family (or friends) in the process.
Can You Lift Boxes, Bins, Bags, or Furniture?
You want to help your family move. But your growing baby bump may mean you need to sit this one out. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heavy lifting can put pregnant mothers at risk for injuries, miscarriage, or preterm birth. Talk to your medical provider about the move and ask what you can and can't do to help. If the OB tells you to avoid heavy lifting (or any lifting), follow the professional's directions. While it's tempting to pick up a box or two, let the experts do the work for you. A moving contractor will lift, carry, and transport everything from lighter bags or clothes and toys to your heaviest pieces of furniture.
Can You Stand on Your Feet All Day?
You've agreed not to lift a thing before, during, or after your move. Even though you can't carry boxes, bins, bags, and other containers, you still want to help with this major life transition. Should you take a role directing foot traffic and managing the movers? If a self-appointed move manager job keeps you on your feet all day, think again. While you can spend some time on your feet, it's likely you'll need to take plenty of breaks during the move-in/move-out day—especially if you're in your third trimester of pregnancy. Choose a pair of supportive, comfortable shoes, carry a water bottle to stay hydrated, and give yourself as many breaks as possible.
Keep one chair out for your breaks. Even though the floor and a towel or blanket will do, this isn't the most comfortable option. Beyond comfort, you may need extra help to sit down on or get up from a floor-level seat.