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Moving While Pregnant – Can It Be Done?

Last Updated November 13, 2020

By  Janice Warren

So it turns out your sudden home decor shopping mania was a result of the nesting instinct. Great, now you have a valid excuse to shop even more! If moving while pregnant was not a part of your moving plans, don’t postpone your cross country moving adventure just yet. We don’t really have tips on morning sickness, but we know a few tricks that could help you have a successful move during pregnancy.

Is It OK To Move While Pregnant?

Regardless of the trimester, they are in, many pregnant women have this dilemma, but especially if their moving day is somewhere during their third trimester. Like the packing process itself is not overwhelming enough, pregnancy hormones can take it all to another level and bring additional stress to you and your husband. However, it is all very individual, and every pregnancy is different.

Some pregnant women don’t have a problem with moving during their second trimester or even third trimester. They just try to avoid heavy lifting and occupy their minds with interior design and decorating the nursery room. On the other hand, others are afraid of the health risks and would rather postpone their move date after they give birth. One way or another, a baby changes everything, and your new home will have to be ready for a child as soon as possible.

Consult Your Doctor Before Moving While Pregnant

Before you even start thinking about finding the right moving company, packing process, getting boxes and hiring a mover to help, talk to your doctor first because when moving while pregnant, you need to take many things into account. We are sure you have a lot of questions, and there’s not a website or links that could give you better information and tips than your health care team. They will give you all the information and introduce you to the level of risk you’re exposing yourself and your baby. Forget about moving and packing boxes and leave that to your husband or a mover.

  • Pregnant women should avoid heavy lifting of anything heavier than 13 pounds if they are already halfway through the second trimester.
  • If they are in their first or first half of the second trimester, they can lift up to 18 pounds.

What Are the Advantages of Moving While Pregnant?

You might have to deal with a bit of morning sickness if you decide on moving while pregnant, but that’s nothing in comparison to trying not to mess up your baby’s sleep patterns when there are movers all around the house, boxes everywhere, and your husband nowhere to be found. Baby bumps shouldn’t stop women from living their lives, including moving, so if there are no health concerns, many think that the best thing is to continue with moving plans and move to a new house. Let’s take a look at only some advantages of moving to a new house while pregnant.

Your Baby Bump Can’t Stop You From Moving

So you have a baby bump, but you can still walk and take care of the organization. Your feet might be swollen, but at least you’re still able to sleep at night. You can’t do any heavy lifting, but you can go house hunting, buying stuff for the living room, checking reviews from different companies, all that without a baby crying in the background. Plus, you’ll still have enough time to learn all the mommy stuff like what is low birth weight, how to nourish your body, and so on.

You’re Not Recovering From Giving Birth

If you thought swollen feet were your biggest problem, just wait. At this point, at least you don’t have to worry about breastfeeding, naps, and your body is not recovering from giving birth. So it is much easier to move to a new home when the baby bump is the only concern.

You Can Throw a Baby Shower and a HouseWarming Party in Your New Place

Depending on how many people you were planning to invite, this is a great way to combine these two small parties and invite friends and family. Plus, you’ll get gifts and products for the house and for the baby, so it is a win-win situation. Unless you’re tired of unpacking boxes and unpacking gifts, now sounds like torture.

What Are the Advantages of Moving With a Baby?

Everything has its pros and cons, and so does moving while pregnant. In a way, although it can be stressful, moving is usually great news. You’re moving to a new place because you’re changing companies,  you found a better location, you’re moving for a loved one, and so on. However, even though everything seems perfect, many are still hesitant about moving while being pregnant. And if you are pregnant, and you don’t really feel like now is the right time to move, then just don’t.  Here are some reasons you should take into account and consider postponing your moving day.

You’ll Know Better What Kind of Space You Need

Carrying a baby is one thing, but having the child right next to you, learning its habits and needs will help you become more aware of what kind of home you want for your family and baby products you actually need. You can always rely on moving services to take care of boxes and other items while you focus on essentials you’ll need on moving day.

You’ll Make Friends Much Easier

Once you already have a kid, it is much easier to meet other moms and families from the area after your move. While you’re exploring your new location and shouting for playgrounds in the neighborhood, or reading news at the park, you’ll meet many people and make friends along the way.

Newborns Aren’t So Complicated

If this is not your first one, then you probably know that the older they get, the harder it is to track them. Newborns are simple. So while you might need some tips to help prepare kids for moving, it is very straightforward to move with babies. Feed them, love them, and let them sleep while you finish packing those boxes.

Useful Tips for Moving While Pregnant

Whether you’re moving state to state or moving to a street nearby, you’ll need help to keep up with the process and organize all the moving-related things. Every pregnant woman knows that the sooner the house is ready, the sooner she can move in and enjoy her last pregnancy trimester at peace, so here are some tips that will make your life easier if you decide to move now:

  • Hire a cleaning company to clean both your current and future home
  • Ask friends and family for help with anything you need about moving
  • Declutter and get rid of unwanted items before you move
  • Make numerous checklists during the entire moving process
  • Avoid chemicals, toxic things, dust, fresh paint smell, and so on
  • Be extra careful on the stairs to avoid any trouble
  • Pack your moving essentials and let family members pack everything else before you move

The Final Verdict: Should You Move While Pregnant?

If you think that moving while pregnant will make your life easier, go for it, move. But only if your doctor is not against moving. Listen to your body, take care of your well being, and if everything is fine, move even during the third trimester. Why not? As long as you don’t feel any pressure about moving, and there are no signs of a risky pregnancy. Moving to another home is great news and something you should be happy about, so try to enjoy that process and let others help keep everything under control.

Janice Warren


Janice is a full-time writer at Infantcore, writing about her experiences as mother of 4.

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