Do you suddenly have the sudden urge or instinct to clean, organise, and prepare your home for the arrival of the baby. This often occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy, but some women may experience it earlier or not at all. The known term is called “NESTING”.
The urge to nest is thought to be a natural instinct that prepares women for the nurturing role of motherhood. It may also be a way for women to feel in control during a time of significant change and uncertainty.
Some common signs of nesting during pregnancy include:
- A sudden urge to clean and organise your home, including scrubbing floors, washing windows, and organising closets.
- A desire to decorate and prepare the nursery for the baby, including painting walls, buying furniture, and setting up baby gear.
- Increased attention to personal hygiene, including washing clothes and linens, taking frequent showers or baths, and grooming more frequently.
- A need to stockpile supplies, including diapers, wipes, and baby clothes.
While nesting during pregnancy is a normal and healthy behaviour, it's important to pace yourself and not overdo it. Be sure to listen to your body and rest when you need to. Also, avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals and heavy lifting, which can be harmful to you and the baby.