Is it sensible to move home while pregnant?
Heck no! But Heck Yes! It might not be the easiest time in your life when moving homes what with all the cleaning, packing and transporting of things, but, it might be necessary for when you are growing a brand new human.
Is it Stressful to move home while pregnant?
Heck yes! Can you believe that it has been said that moving homes can be more stressful than a divorce?! I certainly can! It all depends on how prepared you are, but throwing a house move spanner into the pregnancy works can be even worse. Depending on how far along you are, you might have your job cut out for you and its important to ask for help where possible. Trust me when I say, that my partner has basically done the moving for us and I have just been cleaning and unpacking where I can and even then I am exhausted, stressed and worn out!
Please don’t hold yourself under any illusion, no matter how prepared you might think you are, there is always room for stress when moving and being pregnant, you have to look out for it.
Why move home when pregnant, then?
There could be a multitude of reasons behind moving home while pregnant, such as not there not being enough room in the house you currently live in for a baby, maybe you have some annoyingly loud neighbours, or perhaps you want garden space for your child to play in when they get older. Etc. etc., the list is endless!
For me, moving home while pregnant was the only option because I was living in a maisonette 2 storey house which has been built on top of another house, and the stairs were tricky with just a dog to walk down let alone a dog and a pram. I won’t even go into detail about how much I struggled with the stairs during my pregnancy with sciatic pain making it almost impossible to move my left leg, and when the snow and ice came, the stairs became treacherous mountains of white!
I loved my home; its a sanctuary for me, my landlord is wonderful, the locale is ideal, transport is perfect (we don’t drive), and there are parks dotted around the place in every angle that are perfect for dog walks! It was the first home that my Romanian Rescue dog ever had, it was where we celebrated my graduation from Uni (and its home to my blood, sweat and tears being shed during the final year at Uni). It was the place that I lost my Airbnb Hosting virginity to and loved it. We have a balcony that overlooks a communal garden area which is a complete suntrap and the neighbourhood constantly smelt loosely of the delicious food shops across the road.
The flat that we moved to in March 2018 is more open plan, on the ground floor (hallelujah!) and dog friendly! We got our keys at the beginning of March and have been moving in over the month very slowly and I think that this is what has made the moving journey a bit easier on us (and me being pregnant). Thankfully, boyfriend has been doing all the extreme lifting and helping delivery guys to deliver our furniture and has been assembling furniture too (he is my hero). I have been focusing my time on cleaning our home and cleaning the new flat to a nice standard, while packing things and transporting suitcases each day by train and a short walk.
Tips on Moving Home While Pregnant
Ask for help and support where you can
- I asked my parents to help me move things and they very kindly offered to drive our things to our new flat over a weekend. It took them about 4 drives in total but they were happy to help! You will find that your family and friends will naturally be concerned about you, so they will most likely be able to support you when you need it.
Pack your things…
- As early as you can and as tidy as you can
- Remain organised! Easier said than done, but if you have this notion in your head each day you wake up, you will automatically get your thinking cap on. I would advise writing down your plans because lord knows pregnancy brain will come in and mess things up!
- Label your boxes. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT fling things into bags and boxes willy nilly because you will end up with an overwhelming flummox when opening boxes and finding a pair of kitchen scissors and also your best lingerie. Try to keep the boxes filled with items from the same place so that you are focusing on that one location when you are moving.
Move out of your old home
- Set your move-out date as late as you can and set out an action plan for cleaning, packing and booking vans etc. Let me know if you want my template for action plans- they are perfect!
- Move over your things gradually if this is possible.
- Clean! Nowadays there are actually cleaning companies that are there to provide tenancy clear out services. You can usually find these services easily by doing a search for them in Google including the local area that you are needing the services to be run. This means less back ache for you and less chance for you to inhale any harmful cleaning chemicals.
- If you go forward with cleaning the home yourself, consider purchasing a mask from Amazon, such as this one to prevent you from breathing in the harmful cleaning chemicals, such as bleach! Its too easy to forget that bleach is extremely harmful to our lungs and skin, especially when we use it often for basic cleaning jobs. Ensure you have the windows open and the room ventilated.
- Take pictures of any damage to the property and share these with your landlord if you have been renting so that your mind can be rested when you have moved out and are waiting on your security deposit to be returned to you. Also take pictures of just about everything so that if the landlord says that you have broken something that you know you left in a good condition, you have proof! You don’t want the worry of potentially not seeing your security deposit being put into your account in the back of your mind, so cover all bases.
Moving Vans and Transport
- As I said before, my parents very kindly offered to help us move most of our things to our new flat by driving their car for us (we both can’t drive at the moment). So I would always ALWAYS suggest asking for help from a friend or family member first before forking out lots of money for a Moving Truck hire.
- Organise any moving van hire as far in advance as possible. Ensure you have your new keys when you are doing the move.
- Have some money set aside for unexpected costs! My Delivery drivers ended up taking the absolute P*ss when they ended up going the incorrect journey to add an additional hour onto the hiring time that I booked and they had the audacity to ask for a further £20! I couldn’t quite believe it, but seeing as I was at work and my boyfriend was dealing with it, we paid them. Unwillingly. My point was that if we had just budgeted in what our estimations were without any buffer amounts, then we would have been seriously up Sh*t Creek without a paddle. Even setting yourself an additional £100 can help.
- Ensure you ask your delivery drivers (if you are hiring them too), that they can do the heavy lifting. Not trying to set us back by hundreds of years here ladies, but in all honesty, we cannot afford to be lifting sofas and fridges when we are carrying precious cargo! I won’t stand for it, so please enlist the help of a professional who can manage it. Afterall you don’t want to be out of the game for the next week when you need to unpack everything around you because you did your back in by lifting a bed.
Moving into your new home and unpacking your life
- Get your bed set up as a matter of priority. Trust me, ladies (pregnant ladies especially), you are going to want to ensure you have a place of comfort ready for you to jump into (or depending on how pregnant you are, wiggle into ever so carefully). Once you have spent the day trying to unpack your things, you will definitely just want to snuggle up into your nice comfy bed and the familiar bedsheets can make it automatically feel like a place called home.
- If you did a bit of a clearance before you packed, I would advise you should still go through your boxed belongings while unpacking and being as tough as nails in deciding whether or not to keep some of the contents. Nothing feels better than starting fresh than feeling like you have space. This is especially important if you are downsizing your home and you are wanting to have enough room for a baby to take over the place.
- Keep your back straight and bend with the knees when possible. You are pregnant, you are going to be feeling pressure and tiredness in all areas of your body and that’s without the process of moving being thrown in.
You got this Mama…
You are probably going to be emotional. This time of life is difficult- leaving your old home where you created memories and stories, of which you will be telling your growing child throughout their life. You have to remember that its okay to be emotional! Blame it entirely on your hormones if that makes you feel better, but don’t hide it. This will only add to your stress levels. Cry it out, take lots of pictures of your last home, and get ready to make lots of new amazing memories in your new home with your new baby and growing family. I made a gorgeous photo album that will be getting sent away to Photobox soon to have our memories printed out on a photobook which we can keep forever. This is a nice way to remember everything that went on in that little home of ours.
Gals, there are plenty of moving home tips but I would really suggest that you take heed of what I have suggested! Having done the move, and having made my own mistakes due to pregnancy, I have been there and done that… some may even say I have got the t-shirt too. I am still unpacking and nothing in my body makes me want to unpack anything further, but its got to be done!
The great thing about unpacking is that there is no rush. You don’t have to have a strict date to have everything settled and out and about! You have time, so please don’t stress once you have handed back your keys of your old place. You got this Mamas, I believe in you!