You might have heard of moms-to-be wanting to clean and organize the entire house, and maybe you’ve experienced the feeling yourself. This desire to get ready for a new baby is called “nesting.” Like birds, a future mom sometimes may feel the urge to make her “nest” perfect for her baby. At Desert Blossom Women’s Care, we embrace everything natural about your pregnancy journey, including nesting.

When and Why Does Nesting Happen?

There isn’t much research on nesting, but it’s commonly thought of as an instinct to prepare for a baby. It’s often associated with the spring or late summer as a response to being cooped up all winter and wanting to go outside and enjoy the weather. In pregnancy, nesting also could be triggered by boredom or frustration with later stages of pregnancy; hormones and nerves; celebrations that serve as reminders of a growing family; or wanting everything to be perfect, or at least ready, before the baby arrives.

Nesting may happen at any time during pregnancy, but it often happens during the second trimester when your energy level is the highest, or within a few weeks of your due date.

But I Don’t Feel the Urge to Clean. Is Something Wrong?

Not all moms-to-be nest. Nesting instincts aren’t an indication of how your pregnancy is going or whether you and your baby are healthy (and not a sign you’re about to go into labor, contrary to old wives’ tales). Nesting means you’re probably getting into the mindset of being a mom and caring for a baby — but that doesn’t mean you’ll be a bad mom if you’re not doing it.

Don’t worry about nesting “the right way,” either, because everyone has a different situation. Some expectant mothers assemble furniture, paint rooms and disinfect everything in sight; others are content getting out everything from previous pregnancies and cleaning them; some might organize clothes and supplies; others want to stay at home and be selective of the company they keep while they’re there; and others might finish craft projects. If you feel like you’re nesting, you probably are.

Staying Healthy and in Control

In general, nesting is harmless. However, you should take precautions to make sure both of you stay healthy.

  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Let someone else climb ladders.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or paints, and make sure the room is ventilated if you must use them.
  • Avoid overexerting or exhausting yourself.
  • Take regular breaks and stay hydrated.

Anxiety during pregnancy is normal, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to let go of perfection. While it is great to feel prepared, don’t lose sleep over things that can wait until after the baby arrives. If your nesting becomes obsessive or out of control, consider talking to your Arizona perinatal specialist or other healthcare provider.

Maternity Care With Desert Blossom Women’s Care

Whatever your concerns about pregnancy are, Desert Blossom Women’s Care is here to take care of you and your growing family. We have comprehensive, safe and gentle maternity healthcare services, from conception to breastfeeding. Our nurse-midwives are partners and advocates for you and your Blossom birth, no matter your pregnancy risk level. Get in touch today to schedule an appointment at our Sierra Vista or Tucson locations.

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