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Making the Most of the Nesting Phase
While the ‘nesting phase’ has sometimes been referred to as frivolous, research is showing that it serves a very real and natural purpose. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour revealed that the nesting period reflects the pregnant mother’s instinct to prepare her ‘nest’ for the unborn baby. Of course many of us knew this already – but it’s always good to know the science is agreeing with us!
If you find yourself feeling all nesty and wanting to clear out your cupboards and do a spring clean, don’t fight your instinct, but go with it and make the most of it (well within reason). After all, the scientists themselves are telling us that this instinct has a good reason for being there! Who are we to argue?
Make the most of feeling ‘nesty’
Nesting usually occurs in the third trimester and is characterised by bursts of activity. You might feel an urge to create a clean, fresh and safe environment. This energy could be utilised to prepare the nursery, clean out those messy cupboards, replace your curtains, disinfect your door handles, make your bathroom sparkle, and cook up extra food to freeze for later.
Buying new linen and towels is also important for some women in their bid for fresh and clean. If this is you and you can afford it, go ahead and get a few new things. It may help you feel more relaxed and prepared for the birth.
A few cautions
• Make sure to rest. While it’s good to take advantage of the energy bursts that come, get lots of rest when they are over.
• Don’t overdo it or become obsessive about cleanliness. If you think your urge to clean is over the top, you might need to ask for some help in curbing it.
• Use natural products as much as possible when cleaning.
• There is no ‘have to’ in this. If you don’t feel like cleaning today, don’t force it.
Lastly, it’s important to note that not every pregnant woman experiences a nesting phase. So if it doesn’t happen to you, don’t start thinking there’s something wrong with you. We are all different, after all! Have you been feeling like nesting? We’d love to hear how you have been preparing for your new arrival!