If you’re expecting and have a move coming up, you’ll want to be very careful. The physical and emotional stress of moving can take its toll on your body.

Before the Move

Before doing anything related to the move, talk to your doctor about possible issues. While you’re doing that, here are some things to consider if you’re moving when you’re pregnant:

Organizing yourself should be your first step. Take the time to arrange what and when you are moving, and make a plan that will help you avoid stress that comes from unexpected situations.

Two weeks prior to your move date, have a friend or family member pick up materials from our facility so you can get a head start on packing. Why not throw a little party? Invite your family and close friends over to spend some quality time as they help you pack your belongings.

It is probably best to hire a moving agency to perform the job rather than moving yourself. Do your research. Check with the Department of Transportation and the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the moving company you choose is licensed and reputable.

Look for a doctor in advance in your new neighborhood. Ask your current one to give you some recommendations. Make sure to keep important medical documents with you, not the movers, during the move. Visit the hospital where your baby will be born before you move so that you are familiar with the layout and comfortable with the hospital. If you do go into labor early, then you will be prepared.

Find the addresses of your local supermarket or chemist that is nearest to the hospital.

Pack your hospital back as soon as possible (it may be smart to put this in the car 6 weeks before your due date so that it won’t go astray).

Moving Day

When the movers load up the truck, put the most important items in last, (like things for the baby). This way, these items are delivered into your new home immediately upon arrival.

Avoid too much bending down when packing or unpacking and do not lift any heavy boxes. The ligaments in your pelvic area will be loosening and stretching, to accommodate the baby. This may result in backache and pain in your pelvis, and especially your pubic bone.

If you are moving during the summer months, the extreme temperature can be challenging.  So try to avoid being in the sun and heat for long periods of time. Particularly if you are in your third trimester, take breaks often and drink a lot of water. If you feel exhausted, eating citrus fruits will give you energy.

Be cautious of cleaning chemicals. Read the labels before using them.

Avoid toxic chemicals. The walls should be painted when you’re not even present in the home.



Throughout the entire process, put your needs first and everything else second. Remember that the changes you are going through are much more important than anything else.

Listen to your body, and know your limitations. Communicate openly and often with your spouse, family, and friends about what you need help with.