As childbirth approaches, the mother-to-be sometimes has a strange desire: not for strawberries, but for tidying and cleaning!
Nesting is not one of those legends that hang over pregnant women, but an expression of the nesting instinct that arises as the arrival of a baby approaches. Follow the guide to understand what nesting is.
Le nesting, qu’est-ce que c’est ?
Behind the term “nesting” lies a completely natural phenomenon that is common to all mammals. It is the natural nesting instinct that affects women at the end of their pregnancy and which results in a completely unexpected increase in energy!
After a first trimester that is sometimes difficult to cope with because of nausea and fatigue, a second trimester marked by changes in the body, hormones that go into overdrive and the centre of gravity that makes you lose your bearings, the last three months can be just as trying, but they can also hold a lot of surprises. Nesting is one of them and acts as a real boost.
Instinctively, the mother-to-be will feel an irrepressible need to tidy up, clean, sort and organise: she naturally makes her nest to prepare and welcome baby in good conditions. This phenomenon is not a legend, as the birth approaches, women need to do everything possible to ensure that baby is born in a perfectly adapted and ready environment!
Comment bien vivre la période post accouchement sans stress ?
The image of the pregnant woman who launches into a major clean-up a few days before the end of her pregnancy is not only seen in the movies! At the end of pregnancy, mothers-to-be all need to make their nest, prepare for the arrival of the baby, and organise their life and daily routine around this unique and incredible event that is birth. Primiparous women are particularly concerned by this amazing phenomenon and are very attentive to making sure that everything is perfect. For some, it’s simply a matter of cleaning up, tidying up as much as possible to make sure everything is clear around the baby, sorting out the clothes or organising the nursery to the last detail. For others, the nesting instinct can go much further and manifest itself in a much stronger way: repainting the flat, completely redecorating, moving or shifting furniture, sorting excessively.
It cannot be said often enough that the most important thing is to listen to yourself so as not to go beyond your physical resources and put your baby in danger. You should also avoid putting yourself in complicated situations: using harmful substances during pregnancy such as paint or solvents, carrying heavy loads, climbing ladders, etc.
And don’t hesitate to call on friends and family for the most perilous tasks!
Le nesting : et les compagnons dans tout ça ?
Nesting is not just for mums-to-be, partners can also find themselves confronted with this strange phenomenon! The arrival of a baby is a shared experience, and although mothers are more inclined to get ready, your partner may also have some strange desires as the birth approaches: undertaking work to prepare the baby’s room, rearranging furniture for the bedroom, etc. This is an opportunity to entrust him with the most complex work and to prepare the nest together!
No matter how much we want to plan and calculate everything, waiting for baby brings us back to our most basic instincts. Nesting is the simplest need that reveals itself as childbirth approaches and reminds us of how our nature is made to welcome baby in the right conditions.
So follow your instincts and listen to yourself!