Top 10 Tips For Moving House When Pregnant

Pregnant woman

If your family is growing and you’re looking around your current home wondering how everyone is going to fit, it might be time to move. A larger residence is ideal to welcome a new life into the world. So, while you may be excited about having a nursery to decorate, remember that moving house when pregnant in the Philippines is just as challenging as it is elsewhere around the globe. The team at Allied highly recommends that expectant mothers do not lift or move heavy objects. You and your baby’s health are your primary concerns and any extra stress is the last thing you need right now. 

Pregnancy brings with it a lot of fluctuations in mood, so remember that if you push yourself too hard there may be tears. To help you and your family enjoy a more seamless move, we’ve put together our top 10 tips for moving to a new house when pregnant.

1. Plan as early as possible to allow plenty of wiggle room for your due date. Planning early can help you enjoy a more successful move. Expectant couples need to be mindful that once your baby is close to term, medical visits tend to take priority and you need to be prepared in case there’s an early arrival. Pack any belongings you don’t use regularly, such as spare clothes, bedlinen, extra kitchen utensils and appliances, and label the boxes clearly. 

2. Get some help. Contact professional movers in the Philippines as soon as you know your move date. The earlier, the better. It is recommended to book a mover at least 4 months before your move. Recruit other helpers to assist with packing. Call any relatives who live nearby or ask friends for help. The larger tasks won’t seem as large if you have helping hands. 

3. Find a new obstetrician. If you are moving to a new province or across the city, you’ll need to find a new OB as early as possible. Ask for recommendations in your new neighbourhood or from your GP.

4. Secure your hospital records. Tell your existing OB of your intension to move and ask to have a copy of your medical records. You may also ask them for recommendations if they know any colleagues in your new location. 

5. Keep a hospital bag packed and ready. Your doctor will already have recommended you prepare your hospital bag to take with you for the birth. Make sure you have this bag prepared and you know where it is at all times. In case you need an urgent check-up or you’re close to full-term, you’ll want to take your bag with you.

6. Research the fastest way from your new home to the clinic or hospital. Do a site visit to your new home prior to moving to familiarise yourself with the area, research your neighbourhood and check the fastest route to the clinic. Taking note of the roads and street names can be very helpful and always look for alternative ways where traffic is not as congested. 

7. Hydrate. Remember to drink a lot of water, especially on moving day, because being thirsty can make you feel more tired and it’s easy to overheat when you’re pregnant. 

8. Unpack the nursery first. Once moving day has arrived and you’re surrounded by boxes, after reassembling your own bed, make sure the nursery is the next port of call. The third trimester is often called the “nesting” time for asoon-to-be-mothers and there’s a reason for that. You’ll want to organise the duyan (swinging cradle) and the baby’s sleeping mat, have plenty of diapers and muslin wraps on hand and lots of changes of clothes for all those little newborn dribbles. You’ll need to set up the change table and have everything packed away in its rightful place. Pregnant women often feel better when their ‘nest’ is ready for their baby’s arrival, so the kitchen and sala can wait.

9. Don’t buy extra baby items until you’ve moved. When you are moving house, you don’t want to overload your removalists with non-essential baby accoutrement. Save your shopping spree for once you’re settled in your new home, the boxes are unpacked and there is space to store your purchases. 

10. Relax. You’ve planned your move with plenty of time up your sleeve, you’ve successfully relocated, now it’s time to enjoy those few final weeks until your bundle of joy arrives and your new home is filled with love.

You and your baby’s health should always be your priority, so hire as much help as you can and pass off the bulk of the workload to the professionals and more able-bodied folk. The team of Filipino movers at Allied are reliable and can take care of all your moving needs, from packing and unpacking to storage and removals. Contact us today for a free moving quote.