Few things are as stressful as moving while pregnant. Pregnancy presents women with plenty of challenges along the way, from nausea to backaches and fatigue. Add in the stresses of managing a move, and you’ve got a real challenge on your hands. Here is some advice from the experts at Guelph’s leading moving company. With the right planning and the right help (professional movers, friends and family), you can move without losing your mind. Here are 6 tips to help you move while pregnant.

Plan ahead

As with all moves, you need to plan ahead. This is even more important if you are pregnant. Allowing yourself the time to organize, even months before, will help avoid headaches later. Start with a list of all necessary talks. To ensure you don’t miss anything, check out Mike the Mover’s handy Moving Checklist. The checklist will help you organize and prepare as efficiently as possible.

Find a doctor

Moving to a new city? Make finding a new doctor one of your highest priorities. As a first-time patient knows that it can take weeks before you’re able to get your first appointment. So plan well in advance. Start by researching local hospitals and doctors in the area. Once you’ve found a few that meet your criteria, call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It may also help to ask your current doctor if they have any recommendations or know of any good doctors in your new city. Once you have an appointment, call your current doctor’s office to a) let them know you’re moving and b)have them send all medical records to your new doctor.

Reduce stress

As stressful as the moving process can be, it’s of the utmost importance that you try your best to reduce any and all anxiety. Taking care of yourself and your growing baby takes priority over the typical relocation stresses. A few tips to help you keep stress in check while moving:

  • Stay active! Make time for daily walks, yoga or whatever kind of exercise you prefer. This will help keep your mind off of the stress.
  • Read a book, do a puzzle, find a way to distract your mind.
  • Treat yourself  Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a prenatal massage at the spa, you deserve a treat every now and then.
  • Sleep – Aim for at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Recruit helpers

I highly recommend recruiting as many helpers as possible. If it’s in your budget to do so, hire professional packers to help with the upcoming move. Most professional moving companies offer packing services.

If you’re planning to do the packing yourself contact friends and family to see if they can help out. Good friends will be happy to help.Choose a night to invite a handful of friends over for a “packing party.” Have boxes and moving supplies on-hand. Assign friends to various rooms. Offer guidance on what goes where, and let your friends do the rest.

Hire professional movers

Call several recommended moving companies in your area and have them give you a free quote. Once you’ve chosen a moving company for the job, make sure to pick a moving date and time that works best for your entire family. Depending on the season, moving companies can book up quickly so confirm your date as early as possible.

Wait on purchasing baby supplies

Anything that you can purchase after moving will save you time and money! Depending on the distance of your move, the overall cost of your relocation will be based on either the weight of your things or the number of hours it takes to move. This means that less stuff means less cost. As well, waiting to purchase baby supplies means you’ll spend less time packing which will reduce your stress level.

Ready to move while pregnant? Hire the best moving company in the Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo area. Good luck and happy moving!