1. Talk to Your DoctorBefore you start packing and moving boxes around, you should visit your doctor and let them know what you’re facing. He or she will let you know if it’s safe, and what level of work you should be doing to prepare for the move, says Parents. Your doctor may advise you to sit back and let others take care of the move if you suffer from any complications such as an increased risk of pre-term labor. In general, pregnant women should not lift anything that is heavier than 18 pounds when they’re under 20 weeks, and 13 pounds if more than 20 weeks. If you are moving to a new city far away and need a new doctor, start your research now so you can have one in place by the time you arrive. Transfer your medical records over so the office has them well in advance. You will need a doctor you can trust from the get-go so you can be monitored for progress. Research the hospital your new doctor is affiliated with as well.
2. Get HelpEven though you may be used to handling all the hard work and details, this is not the time to overdo it. Don’t be proud and shun help. Instead, accept it wherever you can get it. It’s not just moving day where you will need help. It’s all the days leading up to it where you will need assistance with packing. Because you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t be staying up till all hours packing, arranging heavy boxes, and moving furniture around. You will need plenty of help from friends and family before the move. And of course, you should hire a trusted moving company for all the heavy stuff and logistics. You’ll also want to hire cleaners who can make sure the old home is spotless for the new owners, and that the new house is clean and ready for you to move in.
3. Be Safe When Lifting and BendingDid you know you are at more risk of hurting yourself when pregnant due to the higher levels of relaxin, a hormone that loosens up your ligaments in anticipation of labor? Coupled with your weight gain and postural changes, you’re at a higher risk of straining your back or experiencing carpal tunnel pain. If you insist on packing and lifting, you need to do it the right way. Don’t bend your spine or your lower back. You can pull a lower back muscle or slip a disc. It’s best to go with the hip hinge technique:
- Straddle the box
- Bend your knees and hips with a straight back
- Hold the box close to your body
- Lift with your legs