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What is Nesting?

Nesting is the term used to refer to an expectant mother’s instinct which gives her a surge of energy which prompts her to clean and do various chores around her home. Nesting usually arises as the mother nears her due date.

Not all women will nest. The nesting process has no relation on how good a mother the woman will be.

What Does Nesting Feel Like?

Some women are nesting and are mentally unaware of it. Their nesting instincts may be subtle, yet they are going around their living quarters doing tasks in preparation for their child’s birth. When nesting is subtle, it is thought to be because the woman may be energetic or active naturally, regardless of her pregnancy.

Other women report a surge of energy that is impossible to still. These women know they are nesting and they are unable to quell the surge of energy.

Thoughts about nesting will make some women nervous about their pending labor and delivery.

What Do Some Women Do When They Are Nesting?

Each woman will nest in a way that is unique to them. Below is a list of possible things a nesting mother do.

  • Clean out the cabinets
  • Mop the floor
  • Rearrange furniture
  • Clean out closets
  • Clean a child’s nursery meticulously
  • Steam clean upholstery and carpets
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Stock the kitchen with food
  • Cook

While these may seem like normal household chores, when a woman is nesting, she will probably carry out the tasks more meticulously and persistently than usual.

Should a Woman Be Cautioned Against Nesting?

Nesting is normal and it is not hard on a woman’s health unless she exhausts herself.

Pregnancy normally will hamper a woman from doing things which are truly too strenuous. However, if a woman is nesting and trying to push a piano across a room, it is probably best if she finds something else to do.

Does Nesting Mean that Labor Is Near?

It is virtually impossible to predict exactly when labor will begin. However, nesting is a good sign that it is soon. Nesting may occur a couple of weeks, or even a day, prior to the onset of labor.

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