What Nesting Means In Pregnancy

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No pregnancy experience is the same. Nesting is an instinct which can pop up in a pregnant woman making her work more to tidy up the home. I know of women who nested until when labour starts. When one of these women shared her story with me, I was amazed!

She told me as soon as she started feeling the contractions; she packed all the dirty clothes in the house and began to wash them. When the pains of contraction came, she would pause and grip her chair till it pass and then continue with her washing. She ensured that she cleaned up the house and as the environment quietened she carried herself to the hospital where she gave birth within a short time. People who were told about her could not believe their ears because they saw her washing.

A large number of pregnant women nest in pregnancy. The idea of nesting is derived from the birds who build a nest in preparation for their newborn. The difference is that the birds build their nest before laying their eggs while in humans pregnancy comes first before nesting.

When you prepare your home for your baby’s arrival then you are nesting. Nesting involves physically and emotionally preparing for parenting. The pregnant woman is usually seen getting baby things, washing, cleaning, rearranging the house or the space set aside for the baby nursery.

Nesting is the act of preparing your home for your baby's arrival, often fuelled by big bursts of energy late in pregnancy. Birds and many other animals feel this biological urge. Like them, you may feel the urge to get your "nest" ready for your newborn.

Surprisingly a research conducted in 2013 reports that pregnant women spent more time cleaning and organizing their home than women who were not pregnant. Although nesting is normal not every pregnant woman feels this way. Nesting is not necessarily a sign that labour is approaching. Some pregnant women start nesting as soon as they ascertain that they are pregnant while others wait until a few weeks to their estimated date of delivery. If you feel that you are nesting then you are and if it seems like you are not, there is nothing to worry.

Women who already have children and are pregnant again also nest especially if you have don’t that in past pregnancies, as simple as cleaning up used items used by other babies it falls into the act of nesting. Although no study has been carried out on dads nesting, it is safe to say that men nest too especially when he is deeply involved in the wellbeing of his partner. He joins in cleaning and making the home look good as they await the coming of their baby.

Nesting is not harmful but it is necessary to take safety precautions when putting the house in shape;

  • Avoid climbing ladders to clean high and unreachable places, let your partner or someone else do this
  • Use painting products that are safe. Preferably, avoid painting
  • Take regular breaks in between nesting
  • Take a lot of water too
  • Don’t be anxious and avoid the desire to be perfect in baby preparations