Moving Tips for Expecting Mothers

By Hayli Morrison

It’s obviously not ideal to move while you’re pregnant, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided. There are so many things that expecting moms can’t do, or at least shouldn’t do. On a more positive note, once inside their new home, expecting moms are often really motivated to settle the house quickly. So there’s virtually no chance you’ll have unpacked boxes sitting in the corners of your home for months on end. But what can an expecting mom contribute to the moving adventure in the meantime? Well, not much, but here’s how to do some things safely.

1. Clean with safe, non-toxic chemicals

Upon exiting your current home, there’s a certain level of cleanliness expected. If no dear friends or family will handle this chore, then use safe, non-toxic chemicals that won’t produce harmful fumes. Avoid strong chemicals and harsh bleaches, as they can make you feel light-headed and are generally not safe for pregnant women to smell.

2. Pack smart

If helping to pack, expecting moms should stick to light things like books, small decorations or clothes. When done packing the box, they should tape it but don’t lift it – weights over 40 pounds can endanger the health of the pregnancy. Also, placing the box on a higher surface, such as a chair, can help expecting moms pack with ease. Bending over a lot can be especially cumbersome in the late second trimester or third trimester. Keep in mind this is an opportunity to enlist the help of any older children in the home, while mom delegates. It instills work ethic and a sense of cooperation.

3. Take plenty of breaks

Moms are accustomed to doing lots of things for everyone in their home. That has to take a step back when moms are expecting a baby. It’s especially tempting during moving time to be everything to everyone, but moms have to go easy on themselves. Those around them should remind them of this fact. They have to take plenty of breaks and drink lots of water, lest they start to feel lightheaded and dizzy.

4. Find other jobs

There are plenty of other jobs indirectly related to moving. Prepare food for the crew that showed up to help move. Offer to watch any children in the home and keep them out of harm’s way during the move. These are equally important but less strenuous jobs. This is just a list to get started, but as a general rule of thumb, always err on the side of caution. That’s the ticket to a healthy pregnancy and a happy move.