Why Nesting is a Natural Part of Pregnancy

It seems like from the first day I take my pregnancy test, I am a woman on a sole mission—to organize my house.

Closets, drawers, spare cupboards, the garage bearing the remnants of the worst winter of all time—nothing can escape my pregnant wrath. 

And while part of me secretly relishes the pregnant cleaning spree, another part of me wonders if it's all in my head. Does pregnancy really cause my purging and cleaning streak, or is it just a convenient excuse to throw out my husband's old sweatshirts?

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Currently, I am almost 23 weeks along in my fourth pregnancy. (I always round up when people ask me. Tell me I'm not the only one.) And I am obsessed, apparently, with outdoor storage. I can't stop googling “outdoor wicker storage” so I can have even more toy clutter outside on my deck for my kids. 

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Sigh. 

But seriously. Wouldn't a black wicker storage ottoman be handy with all the warm-weather gear coming up?

OK, but focusing here. There seems to be a fundamental need for me to organize everything in (and out of) my house right now. I am hugely and irrationally stressed out that we don't have a room in our house for this upcoming baby (she'll be bunking in with mom and dad for awhile—in her playpen), and my husband can't understand my need to have everything in ship-shape before her big arrival. 

“Chaunie, she will be a baby,” he says calmly. “It's not like she'll ever know!”

I've finally come to the realization that there is no rational rhyme or reason to the desire to have the nursery organized, the bedrooms spruced up, and our entire home clean and sparkling before the baby comes. It simply goes back to the primal instinct for a woman to have a place for her baby, not to mention the fact that we're not exactly going to feel like cleaning out those closets after giving birth, are we? 

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And according to the American Pregnancy Association, there are a few more interesting tidbits about the nature of pregnancy nesting that I wasn't quite aware of:

  • Nesting can be worse if your baby is due in late spring or summer (the case with every single one of my babies!)
  • Nesting can be as simple as wanting to fold a drawer of baby clothes or as widespread as looking for a new house (also guilty on both counts!)
  • The most common time for nesting during pregnancy occurs during the last month, but it can start anytime
  • Nesting can occur in dads, too (my husband is currently building new bedroom sets for our kiddos!)

Did you experience nesting during your pregnancy at all?

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Why Nesting is a Natural Part of Pregnancy

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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5 comments

  1. Tiffany says:

    I’m right at seventeen weeks. I’ve already started nesting. I feel a panic to have everything done right away. On top of being pregnant my husband and I just got full custody of his other two kids. School is starts in a month and I have to get things ready for all of the kids including the baby. My husband keeps telling me to take it easy. How can I with all of these new events taking ace in my home?

  2. Jessica says:

    I never got the nesting thing when I was pregnant. I hated cleaning everything lol.

  3. Michelle says:

    You are definitely not alone in that… I am staying with my parents and my gran and even they are sort of nesting… trying to cut the budget just enough to maybe extend our bedroom by a few meters or thinking up ways to create more space and clearing out the storage room.. They are even taking precautions like building a ramp in the place of the passage stairs because the tiles are slippery..

  4. Laura says:

    Um yeah!!! Been cleaning, throwing away, or storing for a yard sale every since I found out I was pregnant. This is my first ans I’m 24 weeks along with my baby boy. The thing is that I’m so used to going and going I get wore out quickly. So of course I didn’t meet my deadline. But now I’m slowly getting everything done and I feel so much better and refreshed!!!

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh I experienced it all right. I was 6 months in and making the hubby look for new houses cause I thought the new baby needed a bigger room than the one he currently has. My mind set was find a new house get moved in before he arrives and never move again lol. It didn’t happen so then it was EVERYTHING needs a place and storage.

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