Moving house can be a stressful situation, but if you are pregnant, the stress can seem unbearable, especially if you are in your later trimesters. Therefore, it's important you do everything you can beforehand to ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible, both before, on and after the day of the big move. Read on for 5 tips on how to make the move a successful one that is as stress-free as possible.
Give yourself plenty of time to pack
It's best to start packing as early as possible, as you're likely to get tired out very quickly once you start. If you begin the packing process early, you won't feel the time pressure that you'd feel if you left it to the last minute.
To make life easier, be sure to label each box with its contents and where its eventual destination in your new property will be; this will make your life a lot easier when you move to your new house and are desperately looking for something you need. If you have items that you know you'll want on hand as soon as possible after the move, put them in their own box and keep it to one side.
Accept help (even if you don't want to!)
Even if you are not the type of person who likes to ask for or accept help, now is not the time to be stubborn. Having help from friends and family before, during and after your move will make the whole event a lot less stressful for you and your baby. After all, this is not the time for you to be lifting and moving heavy things, and there will be plenty of that involved. If you feel guilty, feel free to furnish your helpers with pizza and soft drinks. If you still feel bad asking for help, then consider hiring a removal company.
Keep up with your prenatal care
Part of your prenatal care is to avoid stress, and though it's difficult to avoid stress completely when you're moving, you can certainly take steps to look after yourself during this tumultuous time. Make sure you're doing a lot of self-care by whatever methods work for you—perhaps regular pregnancy massages or long soaks in the tub or even just getting some fresh air by taking a walk.
Research your new neighbourhood
See if you can get acquainted with your new neighbourhood before the move; perhaps find some mum and baby clubs you can join or some new mum fitness groups, and check out the local grocery stores, parks and coffee shops. All of these things lessen the chances of you feeling isolated in your new home once your baby is born, and being able to maintain things that you do in your daily routine in your new environment will take a lot of the stress out of the move.
Finally, if you are planning to change to a new doctor, try and get things in motion before you move so that you can be consistent with your prenatal care.