We all have different reasons for moving—perhaps you’ve just accepted a new job in a new city, want to adopt a new lifestyle, or maybe, you’ve got a new addition to the family and are in need of more space. No matter what reason you have in mind, the common denominator is that moving houses is exhausting and stressful in every aspect—be it physical, mental, social, or financial. Keeping this in mind, is it possible to move during pregnancy? And if so, how?
In honour of May being the month for Mother’s Day, we offer you advice on moving home whilst pregnant to help you get through moving day safely and as hassle-free as can be!
1. Consult your OB.
Yup, on top of the list of things to keep in mind. No matter how capable you think you are of carrying a few small boxes here and there, and even though you’re someone who regularly hits the gym for some strength training, it’s simply different when you’re pregnant, so it’s crucial to get a professional’s opinion.
Talk to your doctor about the whole ordeal before participating in any moving activity. In general, the Department of Health recommends pregnant women to stay active in order to prepare for labour and reduce back and pelvic pain, but among activities to avoid include those that require heavy lifting. Moreover, a new study from the University of Washington has also found that moving during the first trimester increases the risk of premature birth.
While we may not be doctors, we’ve been lifting and moving for a living, and we think it’s safe to say that the best course of action is to just let others do the job. We’ve said it then, and we’ll say it again: moving is awfully stressful, and both the physical and mental strain could be detrimental to the baby. This brings us to #2…
2. Get some extra hands.
Whether family or friends, we’re sure they’d understand the situation and would be glad to be of service. Hit them up for some help regarding the lifting and transportation of heavy items, and you’d even find it fun to have someone to laugh with as you go through things that hold great memories of the past.
However, also understand that as much as they might want to, they won’t always be available either because of work, kids, or other pressing matters. If that’s the case, don’t freak out just yet! There are many removalist companies in Sydney, and for the most outstanding choice? You’re looking right at their site. Our team here at Botany Removals will make sure that all your items are transported safely and in one piece—as in, we guarantee no broken mirrors or dented refrigerators. As leading experts in the field, we know all the ins and outs of moving, so you can count on us to do the job with sophisticated finesse.
The expense is also one less thing to worry about because we can settle on something that won’t break the bank. With rates as competitive as ours, it’ll be hard for you to decline our offer.
3. Do some planning.
Devising a game plan helps you stay organised and on track, which consequently leads to less stress and panic. Additionally, pregnancy brain is real, and you might experience moments of confusion and forgetfulness at times. Making a checklist of everything that you need to do will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything important.
Our previous blogs contain tips on packing and preparing for a move that you might find extremely useful. Check them out and assign the various tasks to family and friends who are willing to help, and again, remember not to try carrying anything on your own to prevent an accident of some sort.
If you’re a supermom who likes to take charge and be independent, we strongly advise you to sit this one out…no matter how tempting it is to lift that one small piece of furniture. Do it for the baby!
4. Find a new doctor.
Once you’ve fully decided on your new location, it’s time to start looking for a new doctor within the vicinity. Pregnancy has its unexpected moments, so it’s best to be prepared for whatever—may it be getting pregnancy cramps or signs that you’ll soon go into labour. Besides, it’s wise to have a local doctor you can reach out to for inquiries and prenatal checkups. Doing this ahead of time will spare you from the stress of looking for the necessary files and documents among the many boxes that have yet to be unpacked.
In case your new address is within your current city, you can ask your doctor for any recommendations. More useful ways to find a doctor are as follows: visiting Australian Health Services online, making an enquiry to your health insurance provider, or asking friends and relatives should you be moving into a nearby area.
5. Put yourself (and the baby, of course) first.
Indeed, moving home is an important new chapter in anybody’s life. This means new everything—neighbours, environment, and lifestyle. However, everything else that comes along with moving is downright nerve-wracking, and if you choose to be involved, make sure to take breaks every once in a while. Stay hydrated and munch on a snack. You can even blast your favourite album to keep yourself entertained even though you’re just bubble-wrapping everything. Do things at your own pace, have fun, and remember to always put yourself and the baby first.
Take it to another level by hiring our team of dedicated removalists for the ultimate sit-back-and-relax kind of convenience and comfortability! Ready to make the move? Let’s work together. Reach out to us at 1300 903 922 for a free quote!
Belated Happy Mother’s Day to all mums and mums-to-be!