5 Tips for Making a Long Distance Move While Pregnant
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is nothing short of overwhelming. Your list of to-do’s can sometimes seem never-ending; frequent doctor’s appointments, choosing a child care center, deciding on decor for the nursery, completing the baby registry, and preparing yourself mentally just to name a few tasks.
To add to our list, my husband and I have decided to throw a 1,000 mile move to Chicago into the mix. This is a move that we’re very excited about, as it brings us much closer to home and therefore closer to our family and friends. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come without its fair share of stress. Of course, there’s no way to completely eliminate the stress; at least not to my knowledge. There are ways, though, of reducing and managing it. Here are a few.
Tips for Moving While Pregnant
1. Plan a trip to your new city to secure a place to live. My husband and I recently took a weekend trip to Chicago to find an apartment, and I can not express how happy I am to have this marked off of our to-do list. Not knowing where you’re going to live in less than two months AND having a baby on the way isn’t a great feeling. Now that this task is completed, it not only provides a sense of relief but it also makes us look forward to the move even more. As a side note, one of the best decisions we made in preparing for this trip was working with a realtor. When you have a limited amount of time (i.e. a weekend) to find a new home in a place that you’re not overly familiar with, having someone there to show you the ropes is invaluable.
2. Know your must-haves. In relation to finding a place to live, determine what the “must-haves” are for your new home and share those with your realtor. With a baby on the way, your necessities have likely changed; at least they did for my husband and me. For example, in-unit laundry can be considered a luxury when living in the city. But this luxury was definitely a must-have for us when searching for our new home. We have gone without it for a few years now, but adding in a baby’s dirty clothes makes laundry a whole new ballgame. So, think about what those necessities are now that you will have a new family member. Maybe it’s more square footage, maybe it’s a certain layout or maybe it’s a bigger yard. Just make sure your realtor is aware of your non-negotiables so that you don’t waste any time when browsing for your future home.
3. Get organized. Now that we have our apartment secured and have an official move date nailed down, we can really start planning. We have opted to use a Google spreadsheet to share our list of tasks that need to be completed before the move. The spreadsheet includes three columns: one for the tasks, one for the targeted completion date and an additional column for details and notes. Having everything mapped out with a “deadline” makes it seem more manageable, and being able to “share” the spreadsheet through Google is essential in keeping us both on the same page.
4. Hold off on buying baby items until after your move. My husband and I have decided that there’s no need to buy a crib, stroller or any other big ticket items just to take them on a 20 hour U-Haul ride in a month. Chances are, anything you can purchase now, you can purchase after you move either in-store or online. Not only is it one less thing you have to pack, but you also don’t take the risk of damaging these precious baby items during the move. Of course, this may not be possible depending on how close to your due date you’re moving. But if you can avoid it, I would highly recommend it.
5. Find a doctor. This is a time in your life where having a doctor lined up is a necessity, and the sooner you can do it, the better. Ask your current doctor for possible recommendations. If you have friends in your new city, seek their advice. Look up reviews online. Once you have decided on a doctor, contact them to figure out the logistics since you’re moving mid-pregnancy. Your current doctor will need to fax your records to your new doctor, so taking care of this before your last appointment in your current city will help in moving matters along smoothly.
Most importantly, keep in mind that eventually, everything will settle into place. With so much change occurring in your life, it can be difficult to imagine the dust finally settling, which I can completely understand. Some days I find it hard to believe that in less than four months we will be living in a new city as a family of three instead of a family of two. So much is going to change, but they are all unquestionably good changes that I can’t wait to experience.