Whenever I take the children into town on the bus I like to point out the block of flats that my husband and I used to live in before they came along.
They find it strange to imagine us there, and I suppose hard to think of us in a world without them in it!
We lived in those flat for quite a few years, but moved to the house we’re in now when I was about 8 months pregnant with Rhys. Studies have found that moving house is one of the most stressful things we can do, so maybe doing it while heavily pregnant wasn’t the best idea. Although, I don’t remember it feeling all that stressful when we did it.
I think we planned things quite well and were lucky enough to have a lot of support from friends and family.
If you’re pregnant and planning on moving house, then these 5 tips will hopefully help make it as easy and straightforward as possible for you too.
1. Plan ahead and take your time
Start getting organised to move house as soon as possible so that you can take it slowly.
If you’re anything like me then making lists of everything you need to sort and get done will help you make sure you don’t forget anything important.
Sit down and write detailed lists including things like key dates for picking up keys and installing services like phone lines and broadband. It’s also worth making a list of all the places you need to update with your new address once you’ve moved.
2. Pack carefully and strategically
Start packing up your belongings sooner rather than later. You don’t want to be shoving things in random boxes and bin bags in a last minute rush.
Think about packing up room by room, and keeping like items together. Then make sure you label boxes clearly with what’s in them and what room they need to go in at the new house. Any boxes that contain delicate or breakable things should be really clearly marked as fragile so you know to handle them with care.
For real peace of mind pack up all your valuables and important documents together in a box that you can take with you in the car on moving day.
3. Accept all the help you can get
We were lucky when we moved house that my in-laws were able to give us a lot of help, along with a few good friends.
If you have a similar support network then don’t feel bad about accepting any offers of help they might give you. It might be an offer to borrow a van for the day, or for them to physically help you move all your boxes or furniture. It could be an offer to take care of any older children you may have for a few hours so you can pack or unpack in peace. Or it could be a meal prepared and brought round for your first night in the new house. Whatever it is, accept the offer graciously.
If you don’t have family nearby who can help, or if you’re moving to a completely new area then it’s worth looking at some removal companies who can help pack everything up and move it safely for you. You can go online and find moving quotes to find the best deal and the service that best suits your needs.
4. Be careful and don’t lift any heavy boxes or furniture
It can be really frustrating not to be able to help, but be sensible when it comes to lifting and carrying heavy boxes and furniture.
When we’re pregnant our ligaments loosen making it more likely that we’ll strain our backs or pelvis if we lift things that are too heavy. There’s also the issue of a big bump shifting our centre of gravity and making us potentially more clumsy and off-balance.
If at all possible let other people do the real heavy lifting while you carry the lighter items.
5. Keep your hospital bag packed and accessible.
If you’re getting towards the end of your pregnancy make sure you have your hospital bag packed and accessible, along with your notes, just in case you go into labour.
It’s also worth packing a box of essential first day and night items that you can unpack first when you get to the new house.
This box might include a kettle, tea/coffee and toilet paper.
You could also pack any of your pregnancy must-haves in there too. These might be your body pillow to sleep comfortably on the first night, any prenatal vitamins you’re taking, favourite snacks and drinks and medicine for things like acid reflux.
This box can then go in the car with you on moving day so you know you have all your essentials on hand.
Hopefully with these tips moving house will go as smoothly as possible and you can get on with nesting in your new home and getting ready for your new baby to arrive.
Did you move home when you were pregnant? Do you have any other bits of advice to help make it as stress-free as possible?
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