Moving is a time-consuming an exhausting task; add in a pregnancy and you are bound to have some difficulties. My husband and I recently completed a move while I was in my first trimester of my pregnancy. That said; here is my list of helpful tips for expecting mothers on the move:
Know your limitations
While Parents.com’s experts list anything under 35 lbs as safe to lift for a healthy pregnant women, it’s important to consult with your doctor before helping with the move. When I talked with my doctor, she said that the lifting restrictions are related to your body’s current tolerance for lifting combined with your health factors. For example, while I am in decent shape, I do not regularly lift weights. Therefore, while I should be fine to do moderate lifting, my body is not used to regular heavy lifting, and my pregnancy could cause additional strains on my muscles that wouldn’t have occurred had I not been pregnant.
Communicate your limitations with your moving company
If you are hiring professional movers, it may be helpful to pre-negotiate terms that make unpacking easier for your move. For example, we labeled all of the boxes so the movers knew exactly what room to put each item in, instead of placing them in once location and making my husband and me move them. Additionally, when possible, I requested the items be placed on counters or tables to avoid having to bend down to pick up items from the boxes.
Be realistic about your DIY projects
While the American Pregnancy Association recommends pregnant women stay away from paint, my doctor told me I was allowed to paint as long as it was in a well-ventilated room and I took breaks. However, I had to be realistic about the DIY projects I could accomplish while I was pregnant. Sure, I decided to take on some of the cleaning projects that were cleared by my doctor, such as deep cleaning, carpet cleaning and bathroom scrub downs, but I decided to put off the painting and redecorating until after the baby arrived.
Know that it will take time
It’s important to go easy on yourself when it comes to your expectations of a perfectly unpacked house right after move-in. While you can plan and prepare until you are blue in the face, the reality of your pregnancy will kick in and you will need breaks. Specifically if you are in your first trimester, such as I was, when you may be experience morning sickness, or if your third trimester, when you are carrying 30+ lbs. of extra weight and experiencing swollen ankles, it may not be realistic for you to accomplish all of your set tasks. Go easy on yourself, plan breaks and consider taking a day off here and there to relax and focus on your health. At the end of the day, the house will get unpacked in due time, and it’s important that you take care of yourself.