That Nesting Mode…
Running around the house cleaning, asking your significant other to move the furniture, choosing new paint colors? Have you wondered why?
Most likely your “nesting” mode has kicked in as you prepare for the baby.
Nesting is common and is considered to be an instinct to prepare for birth, but not all pregnant women experience the nesting instinct. It is common for women to get the urge to clean and organize during the spring, thus the old adage, “spring cleaning.” ~American Pregnancy Association
That Nesting Mode Feeling
The urge to make baby’s house a (germ-free, ultra-organized, impeccably designed) home explained.
Nesting is a healthy and normal way to prepare for baby. However, it can get out of control with some new parents and cause greater anxiety…
Remind yourself that it’s normal to be nervous about having a baby and consider talking to someone you trust about your feelings to get it off your chest. and if your nesting seems scary, out-of-control or is affecting any of your relationships negatively, consider seeking professional help. Otherwise, happy cleaning! Keep Reading
When does the instinct kick in?
Around the fifth month of pregnancy, the “nesting” instinct can set in. This is an uncontrollable urge to clean one’s house brought on by a desire to prepare a nest for the new baby, to tie up loose ends of old projects and to organize your world.
Mother hamsters do it. Mama cats and dogs do it. Expectant birds do it. And, if you’re like many human moms-to-be (and some dads, too!), you’re doing it as well, these days: preparing your “nest” for your soon-to-arrive baby.
It could give you a burst of energy, but it could wear you out too!
For some women, a sudden burst of cleaning, stockpiling and organizing is quickly followed by labor. Others feel the impulse earlier in pregnancy. Regardless of when the urge to nest hits, it can feel overwhelming. Manage your to-do list and minimize stress with these tips from Ellie Miller and Melissa Gould of Ellie & Melissa, The Baby Planners (thebabyplanners.com).