If you're pregnant and you're thinking of moving, you may be wondering whether it's more hassle than it's worth. While it's true that it can be a difficult and tiring experience, there are many more benefits to getting settled in your new home before the baby arrives.
While some claim that new mothers only need six weeks to recover from childbirth, experts now say that recovery can take up to a year—a long time to wait if you're eager to move now. Once your baby is born, you'll also need time to bond with him or her and get into a solid sleep routine. These tasks become much more difficult when you need to fit packing and planning into the schedule.
Moving while pregnant also gives you the chance to make friends with other new and expectant mums in the area and settle into the community so you have a support network once your little one is born.
If moving before your baby arrives sounds like the best option for you, there are many ways to make the process go smoothly. Aside from the more typical advice like packing early and staying hydrated and rested during the process, here are three handy tips to help you through your move.
1. Keep Baby’s Room and Items Together
You may feel tempted to pack baby clothes, toys and furniture with all of your other belongings. However, when you move to your new home, you may feel rushed to get your baby’s room assembled in time. To reduce your time and frustration, pack all of your baby’s items together.
You can also use your baby furniture to your advantage. Store clothing in dresser drawers, put toys inside the crib or bassinette or use other furniture similarly.
If you want to disassemble your furniture to save room in the moving truck, work with a professional removalist who can ensure the pieces are safely covered or packaged during transport.
2. Avoid Airborne Toxins
Did you know that indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air? Most homes are full of volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, which are toxic substances emitted into the air. VOCs aren't good for anyone's health, but it's especially important for pregnant women to avoid them. Exposing yourself to these compounds could cause a range of problems for your baby, from low birth weight to asthma.
Two of the most common sources of VOCs during a move are cleaning products and paint. If your old home or new home needs to be deep cleaned or repainted, it's best that you bring in someone else to do the task for you while you're elsewhere. If you can't find a friend or family member to help you out, call a professional cleaning or painting provider.
It's also a good idea to get your new home tested for lead and asbestos contamination before you move in.
3. Keep Essentials With You, Including All Personal Items (Jewellery, Passports, Etc.)
A common piece of advice that many people receive when they move house is to pack a special 'overnight' bag that contains all the essentials you wouldn't want to rummage in boxes for when you first arrive. These bags commonly include items like medication, coffee and blankets.
While these are all great items, remember that pregnancy essentials aren't always the same as regular essentials. Consider packing items like the foods you've been craving, prenatal vitamins and body pillows or other pregnancy aids. Ideally, it's best to pack enough to last you more than just one night. Setting up a new house can take longer when you're pregnant, so you'll want to have enough essentials to keep you going for a few days to a week.
Remember, the most important part of the process is keeping yourself happy and healthy. Don't feel the need to put in more effort than you can sustain.
When it comes to getting everything from your old home to your new one, remember that pregnant women should only lift around three quarters of the weight they can usually lift. Bringing in a professional moving company is one of the best ways to help lighten your load—both physically and emotionally. Contact Price's Removals for a free quote that's tailored to your needs.