Posted on: September 20, 2019
Everyone knows that moving comes with the risk of injury. Between moving heavy objects, driving for long periods of time, and dealing with the stress of the process, moving can take a toll on your health. The risk is more than doubled for pregnant women. Excessive physical activity can cause pregnancy complications and there is a real risk of injuries from falling.
IN general, the best idea is to sit out a move if you are pregnant. However, if you absolutely must do it yourself, local movers in Jacksonville, FL Baymeadows Moving and Storage offer some tips on how to stay safe when moving while pregnant.
Before even touching a moving box, make sure you talk to your doctor and they clear you for physical activity. If you are in the latter stages of your pregnancy (~7+ months) then you probably should not participate in the move. Even if you are in the early stages of pregnancy, make sure to see your doctor first.
In general, it is recommended that women up to 5 months pregnant should lift no more than 30 pounds and in no more than 30-minute intervals of continuous work. Women over 5 months pregnant should avoid lifting things heavier than 20 pounds. 20-30 pounds if fairly light and probably rules out a large portion of items you own, so you can either enlist the help of any willing family or friends or hire a team of professional local movers in Jacksonville, FL.
You already should be taking periodic breaks while moving and that goes double if you are pregnant. Try to take a 15-30 minute break after every hour of moving and make sure to drink plenty of water.
Lastly, pregnant women should avoid carrying things up and downstairs. First off, this is a very strenuous activity and it increases the risk of falling, one of the most common injuries sustained by pregnant women.
If you are looking for local movers in Jacksonville, FL, give Baymeadows Moving and Storage a call at 904-737-3530. Our team of professional movers have over 30 years of combined experience and will assist you at every point of the move.