Nesting during late pregnancy seems to be this fanatical symptom us pregnant mothers have, and our medical society has to declare it to us. Yet there’s no biological explanation that can be distinctly pointed to what causes it.
Nesting During Late Pregnancy
In the last few weeks before your baby is born, aside from the clear signs that your baby’s arrival is near, everyone seems to talk about the ‘nesting’ feelings and urges you’ll have. One mother has told you they had to scrub the house top to bottom in order to stay sane.
Another maybe had a weird urge to make every single aspect of the baby’s nursery perfect. I was kind of the same way with my first baby. I organized all the stuff for his room until it was PERFECT.
Even animals out in nature go through similar habits of preparation: birds and rabbits expanding their nests and maybe even building a new one, other mammals grooming themselves completely before their babies come.
You may find that you have this surge of energy a few weeks before you go into labor and you become determined to do SOMETHING associated with preparation for your baby to come home. You can even prepare your home for the baby’s arrival over and over again and never be satisfied with the results.
Is It A Legitimate Symptom?
We as women have innate habits, desires and abilities, and most of them center around nurturing and caring for our children and families. OF COURSE, we’re going to spend all the extra time getting things ready. It’s wired right into our DNA.
Especially if this is your first baby, you’re going to have gifts and clothes and diapers and blankets and burp cloths and furniture and STUFF that needs to be put away–because you don’t want to be scrambling for all of those things at 2 am when the baby is screaming for attention.
You likely don’t want to end up at the hospital or birthing center without your hospital bags, because honestly, you don’t trust your husband to get the right stuff for you if you had to send him back for it. 🙂 (Should you even pack a hospital bag?)
But in all seriousness, nesting isn’t something that is a direct result of say a hormone fluctuation, at least as far as we can tell. But does that really matter anyway?
It’s certainly the strongest first time around. But a few years later when you’re bringing home the next bundle of joy, did you find that you spend the same amount of time preparing just as much? (How your pregnancies and births aren’t the same no matter what.)
I have a new baby coming in about a month. Maybe I haven’t hit my ‘nesting stride’ yet. But I don’t feel like I need to do anything. I’ve already got everything I need. I’m just mentally planning on pulling out the cradle, washing the newborn clothes and my cloth diapers, and buying some teeny tiny disposables. I wouldn’t call that ‘nesting’, but just adding some things to my to do list.
It’s not dealing with some crazy symptoms–it’s just being smart.
Should You Be Worried?
Do you feel like scrubbing your kitchen floor on your hands and knees all day? Why not go ahead and get it out of your system. It’s great if you’re needing to turn your posterior baby.
Are you eager to cook pre-made freezer meals to last you a month, all on a single Saturday? You’ll be glad you did, but I know you’ll survive without it too.
Don’t feel like making such an effort? No problem. Just make sure your exercising is in for the day, you’ve practiced your relaxation techniques, completed your birthing course, and you won’t be any less prepared than the mom next door that seems to have every aspect of her life cemented in place for the baby.
Do what feels good for you and don’t compare, just live and laugh. Anything funny you want to share? I must have straightened the darn blankets and burp cloths a hundred times myself.