Nesting toward the end of pregnancy is very common, completely normal, and a very real event. Basic biology shows that...
Nesting toward the end of pregnancy is very common, completely normal, and a very real event. Basic biology shows that all mammals - both animals and humans, nest, i.e. prepare their home or surroundings for the arrival of a new baby. While no one is 100% sure what makes pregnant mamas want to nest, most experts assume hormones play a major role. Some experts also think nesting has to do with a more primal instinct. For example, a long time ago, you would have had to prepare to make sure your surroundings were safe for a baby. Now we have safer houses (not a cave or mud hut) but the urge to make it nicer and safer is still around. In any case, nesting is fine, but can take it's toll. I've seen some mamas literally run themselves ragged right before their baby arrives due to the nesting urge. That's no good. Soon enough you're going to be dealing with labor, a birth, and newborn care. You need to preserve your strength. Instead of nesting all willy nilly, try to channel your instincts into some productive and less hectic organizing. For example...
  • Channel your urges into stuff you really need to do. For example, you DO NOT need to fold cloth diapers. They'll eventually end up in a pile in a laundry basket. You will however need meals after the baby comes and you won't feel like cooking. Why not cook some meals while in nesting mode? Freeze them and you're all set.
  • Use this time to address and write thank you notes for baby gifts you've received. After the baby comes picking up a pen might actually be too much work. Get any correspondence out of the way now.
  • If you're having a hospital or birthing center birth, use this time to pack your bag.
Note too, that you need to play it safe - no heavy lifting, no moving furniture, and no excessive bending. IF you really feel like that baby crib would look better by the window, someone else needs to move it. Hey, don't forget to enter to win one of three beautiful baby nurseries!

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