Ever thought why pregnant women become obsessed with preparing for the arrival of their babies, especially their first child. It appears as if all of a sudden nothing is clean enough, tidy enough or organised enough. This need is called nesting and is common among most pregnant women. It is an instinct we have as humans to prepare for the birth.

It presents itself in various forms ranging from mild to extreme cases. Vacuuming, dusting, doing lots of laundry, rearranging the cupboards can be considered mild. Vacuuming the house, the sofa, curtains, dusting architraves, top of doors, removing floor boards to clean underneath and repainting the whole house inside and out can be considered medium. Extreme can be buying a new house and renovating it all within 3 to 6 window before the birth.

Why is there this need to nest in pregnant women? Does the need come from fear of the unknown and the enormous responsibility about to be undertaken or is it a need to have a clean, clutter free home driving the need? Also, what are some of the equipment used when nesting.

The need to nest

Nerves is probably the main reason why nesting occurs. Things like having another human to take care of and be fully responsible for, one so small they fit in between the tip of your fingers and the elbow of your arm.

Having to know what the baby wants from their cry, expressions on their face or gestures. Not knowing what to do as they get older and start pushing people in playgrounds, and then as they get older teaching them values, right from wrong all the while hoping you have taught them enough for them to stand on their own feet.

Knowing these are some of the things you would need to do can be very scary and nesting is an outlet. It is something we can control and at the very least the baby would be in a clean, tidy and organised environment for the first few days of its life.

Things needed when nesting

For mild cases, things like feather dusters, mops, a good vacuum cleaner and a few cleaning products would be enough.

Medium cases would need all the above plus all the tools the vacuum cleaner came with so those hard to reach places can be vacuumed. Also a handyman or builder would be needed to take up the floorboards to vacuum underneath, take out the protein supplement sample you ordered through top whey protein isolate site 2 years ago but could never reach and fix any uneven or squeaky boards.

An extreme case would require contacting a real estate agent to put your place on the market and look for another one to buy that is more suited to the new chapter in your life. Once you find an appropriate house, it then gets renovated all before the arrival of the baby.

Regardless of why nesting occurs and the level of severity, it occurs all over the world in one way or another to most parents, mainly mothers.

When does it occur

Nesting usually starts in the second trimester due to higher energy levels and can be at its worst in the last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Humans are not alone in nesting. Hamsters, dogs, cats, birds all nest as well before the birth of their pups, puppies, kittens and hatchlings.