If you follow us on Instagram, you probably know that my family recently moved! Added to that, my son is 15 months old and I am 6 months pregnant! Sound crazy? It actually wasn’t too bad! Here are my tips for moving while pregnant and with a toddler.
Plan Your Move Based on Your Pregnancy
When we were considering moving, the stage of pregnancy I would be in at the time was definitely a factor! We almost held off on moving for another month, but then realized I would be in my third trimester at the time. Especially since this isn’t my first pregnancy, we knew that this would not be the smartest idea!
The best time to move is definitely during your second trimester. Morning sickness should have subsided by then, and you should have a decent amount of energy (about as much as you can have during pregnancy!).
The third trimester you are a lot more tired and weighed down. Overworking yourself or becoming dehydrated while moving during this time is also more risky as it can lead to preterm labor! Keep you and your baby safe by moving during your second trimester if you can.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
This includes both for you and for your child! Especially during the actual days of the move, I was not afraid to ask for my mom to watch my son. She ended up watching him for three days, bringing him back at night to see his new home and sleep in his own bed. I knew there was no way I could get anything unpacked with my curious toddler pulling things out of boxes and throwing them around the house. Not to mention he wouldn’t have a lot of fun with everything going on.
Make sure you ask for help for yourself too! Packing and moving while pregnant is definitely exhausting. Take things slow and if friends or family offer to help, take them up on it! Be sure that you accept all offers that include lifting heavy boxes or furniture for you to keep you and your baby safe.
Take it Slow
Don’t try to pack or unpack everything in a day! Even if you don’t think you have very much stuff (I didn’t think I did!) you still should give yourself more time to sort through everything. Remember that your stamina while pregnant is not the same as it was pre-pregnancy. Also remember that a toddler makes any everyday task take at least twice as long, so factor that into your timeline as well.
If you’re planning a move, the most important thing to remember is that you can do it! It may seem daunting to think about moving everything you own, but people do it all the time and you can too. Take care of yourself and your kiddos in the process and soon you will be happy and settled into your new home!
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