The Nesting Urge In Late Pregnancy

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It might be a cliche, but there’s a good reason why moms to be get the urge to organise before the baby arrives.

The past eight-and-a-bit months have been building up to this moment and what do you find yourself doing? Defrosting the freezer and scrubbing the skirting boards, of course! But don’t worry; you’re not going mad. It’s all part of the ‘nesting urge’ that affects around 97 per cent of mums-to-be, according to a 2015 survey by sterilising experts Milton. Read on to find out what it is and how you can best use it to your advantage.

What is it?
Nesting is a common urge in pregnant mammals to prepare their homes for their newborn. “It’s a normal feeling most women experience as delivery draws near. Some women will experience an unexpected surge of energy and feel the need to organise their home.” It’s thought to be a sign of the onset of labour, but don’t worry if the urge doesn’t strike – that’s perfectly normal, too.

Make the most of it
Studies have found that there’s a marked increase in the amount of adrenaline coursing through your system towards the end of pregnancy,
and it’s thought that this is what contributes to the final frenzy of cleaning, sorting and decluttering before the birth. This can be a good time to do jobs that will save time and energy after the birth, such as preparing and freezing meals, Expectant dads may also get involved, feeling the desire to be ready for the changes that are to come.” As well as ensuring you have a wellstocked fridge and freezer, bin out-ofdate
items and bulk-buy long-life groceries such as rice and tinned foods.
Take the opportunity to wash rugs, blankets and anything else that doesn’t get cleaned often, as once your baby arrives the washing machine will rarely be free!

Be sensible
The urge to nest is a very powerful motivating force, but it’s important not to over-exert yourself, climb, over-reach or lift anything too heavy.

Avoid any risky jobs
Especially those that involve working at height, as that will increase the possibility of falling and subsequent injury. Bear in mind that later in pregnancy your center of gravity and posture have altered, meaning you are less well balanced and more likely to fall.” One of the paradoxes of nesting is you may feel more tired while simultaneously showing an increase in activity. Take frequent breaks and snack on healthy foods regularly to keep you going. It’s important to do things slowly, set a
time limit, then have a rest period to prevent yourself getting overtired.

When to seek help
The nesting urge may be natural, but if it begins to interfere with normal daily activities and causes distress it may be time to speak to a health professional. Obsessions with cleanliness of the house and fear of your baby being contaminated with germs, or being overly preoccupied with tidiness at home, may signify there is something else going on. These thoughts may lead to behaviours the person is unable to resist, such as repetitive, unnecessary cleaning and tidying for example, that waste time
and aren’t enjoyable. These may be a sign of underlying mental health difficulties and should prompt a visit to your midwife or GP for further assessment and support.

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