First of all, congratulations. Being pregnant is hard, let alone moving while pregnant. You’ll have to care about your baby, and you’ll have to take care of yourself. But sometimes, life can make us do things in inappropriate moments. You should know that moving can be quite stressful and hard, and stress is not good for you or for your baby. Also, you shouldn’t do hard work while you are pregnant. You don’t want any complications. So, this is why we are making this article – so we can help you with some tips for moving while pregnant. So, without further ado, let’s begin.
Don’t even think about moving on your own
As mentioned earlier, moving is quite a stressful and hard endeavor. This is why you should not even think about moving on your own, especially if you are pregnant. Sure, many people may tell you that moving on your own is less expensive and/or more efficient than moving with the help of a moving company. While that may be true in some situations, like moving a few blocks away, it certainly isn’t true if you are moving to somewhere far. This is especially true if you’re moving while you are pregnant.
Let’s look at this question from another perspective. Is moving less expensive? The short answer is – no. The long answer is a little bit more complicated. First of all, even if you are not pregnant, lifting heavy and bulky stuff is dangerous. You can easily hurt yourself. And all of us know just how high can medical costs go. Those costs can easily be higher than the costs of hiring a reliable and professional moving company like hopeforthejourney.us. And yes, hurting yourself is bad on its own. Especially if you are pregnant.
There is a second reason why moving on your own is more expensive than moving with the help of a reliable moving company. While lifting and moving your items, there is a high chance that you will break those items. Especially if you are lifting heavy, bulky and fragile stuff (just please, don’t lift heavy stuff while you are pregnant). Replacing or fixing those broken items can easily be more costly than hiring a reliable and professional moving company.
You should talk to your doctor about moving while pregnant
Before you even think of moving while pregnant, you should talk to your doctor. You should check with your doctor if it is safe for you to lift stuff, or participate at all. If you have compilations like an increased risk of preterm labor, you shouldn’t participate in relocation at all. Pregnant women should avoid lifting anything which is heavier than 18 pounds if they are less than 20 weeks. Also, you should avoid lifting anything heavier than 13 pounds if you are more than 20 weeks into pregnancy. Also, if you are moving to a new area, you should check with your healthcare provider before you go. If you can, try moving during the first or second trimester.
Get as much help as you can
Being pregnant is hard, and this is why you need to get as much help as you can. We already said that you shouldn’t move on your own. Other than that, you can hire more people to help you. Hire cleaners for your home, and hire organizers to help you organize your moving. Many pregnant moms think that they can organize moving, but that is also very hard, especially for pregnant women. You can even look for the movers online, as well for the other services.
During pregnancy, women are more likely to hurt themselves. This is caused by a change in the posture, and by increased levels of the hormone relaxin, which loosens ligaments and helps with labor. There are some common pregnancy injuries like pubic symphysis dysfunction (SPD), sacroiliac joint problems, back strain, and carpal tunnel pain. This is why you need to be careful while moving and packing. It is important to think about what are you doing biomechanically, Don’t lift like most people, with your spine bent, and from the lower back, with your arms outstretched. That can strain your low back muscles and put you at risk of injury to the spinal intervertebral disc.
This is why you need to lift properly – use the hip hinge technique, straddle the item, bend your knees and bend from the hips with a straight back, then hold the object close to you and lift using your legs. This is actually the way all people should lift items. That is the reason why many people experience back pain later in their lives, and when they are lifting heavy stuff.
Move smaller things, and move them more frequently, instead of moving large amounts of stuff at once. For example, prepare your clothes for storage. You can even buy a support belt and carpal tunnel wrist splints. You need those stuff to increase stability and avoid dangers tied to lifting stuff while pregnant.
Give yourself time
Try to organize helpers and your relocation as early as possible. This is because moving while pregnant requires a lot of preparation. Try to pack some of your things weeks in advance. And don’t forget important things while moving. Also, don’t forget to take a rest every half an hour and put your feet up to help with the circulation.
Watch your step
Be careful on the stairs. This is especially true if you are carrying something with you. Stairs are very dangerous and this is why you need to watch your step. See if your stairs are slippery. If that is the case, buy some shoes with a good grip, and avoid going up and down the stairs frequently.
Avoid toxic chemicals as much as you can
Toxic chemicals are dangerous for anyone, and they are especially dangerous for pregnant women. And many moving companies will not even accept moving toxic chemicals, so it is best to buy new ones when you arrive at your new home.