Big belly, bigger nest
5 awesome tips for when ‘nesting’ becomes moving house while pregnant.
Moving house. The words alone are enough to make anyone curl up into a little ball of stress, surrounded by mountains of boxes and rolls of bubble wrap. They always say that after a death in the family, it can be one of life’s most stressful events, which is why it should certainly not be attempted with a huge protruding belly, aching back and swollen feet. But so many of us do it, we attempt this challenging experience in the midst of another truly life-changing one: being pregnant.

Life-changing moments

Why do we do this to ourselves? Having a baby changes our lives and often this is reflected in us having to change our living circumstances too. We may need an extra room, a garden or to live closer to good schools. Whatever your reason, here are some helpful tips that should make this stressful time a little less crazy:

1. Accept help. Drop strong hints to family and friends, letting everyone know the exact date you’re moving and then watch the offers of help roll in! On a 
serious note, most people are only too willing to drop off a casserole or unload a few chairs, so take them up on their offer – after all; you’d do the same  for them.

2. If you’re moving close to your due date, put some essential baby items in a clearly marked box and make sure you tell the movers to keep it accessible. That way if your water breaks while you’re hooking up the washing machine, you won’t be totally unprepared.

3. DO NOT under any circumstances, lift heavy boxes or climb up ladders. This is one time in your life that you should be extremely careful, so stick out your bump, put on your best pregnant face and let someone else do the dirty work (after all, you’ve got plenty more dirty work coming your way!).

4. Although your nesting instinct has probably kicked in, steer clear of scrubbing the oven, repainting rooms or any other cleaning or DIY project that involves harmful chemicals. Keep your nesting to folding tiny baby clothes, arranging cuddly toys and finding that perfect feeding chair.

5. Above all, be realistic. Renovations always take longer than expected, as does finding your ideal home – so don’t schedule your move four weeks before you’re due. If you have no other choice, then be sure to have a Plan B tucked snugly away in the back pocket of your maternity jeans (such as staying with family).

Let’s face it: if you’re attempting a house move at this time of your life, you’re a proper over-achiever. You don’t just want to feather the nest for your forthcoming bundle of joy; you’re arranging a whole new one. So above all, go easy on yourself, delegate and rest often – and soon you’ll be happily settled in, awaiting the newest addition to your family.

Read more from Belinda Mountain at her blog Making Mountains or follow her on Twitter.

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