“Nesting instinct” is a pretty interesting phenomenon. When it appears, it will urge mothers to do everything to prepare for the baby is about to be born.
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Birds and nesting animals have their children, and it is not surprising that humans are either. Nesting instinct during pregnancy is a trait that makes women obsessed with cleaning your home, buying essentials to prepare for the arrival of their babies.
This instinct is not uncommon, but what motivated the pregnant mother to want to clean more? The following article will help you answer this question.
What is the nesting instinct during pregnancy?
The nesting instinct is an act or process of preparing, redecorating a home to welcome a “young angel” about to be born. It also belongs to one of the common biological characteristics during late pregnancy.
Nesting instinct also includes the kind preparation of a pregnant mother, such as cleaning the house, buying newborn-related items, washing clothes, etc. In 2013, researchers from McMaster University, Canada, studied the maternal nesting instinct and found that this behavior began to appear during the third trimester.
At this time, pregnant women spend a lot of time cleaning and re-architecting the home. Experts believe that nesting instinct is a quite good act of motherhood, which provides a safe environment and help link maternal love.
When does the nesting instinct begin?
Around the fifth month of pregnancy, the “nesting” instinct can set in. This is an uncontrollable urge to clean one’s house brought on by a desire to prepare a nest for the new baby, to tie up loose ends of old projects and to organize your world.
Females of the animal kingdom are all equipped with this same need. It is a primal instinct. Just as you see birds making their nests, mothers-to-be do exactly the same thing. The act of nesting puts you in control and gives a sense of accomplishment toward birth. You may become a homebody and want to retreat into the comfort of home and familiar company, like a brooding hen. The nesting urge can also be seen as a sign of the onset of labor when it occurs close to 40 weeks of pregnancy.
Does the instinct for nesting appear in all mothers?
Not all pregnant women will experience nesting instinct because everybody has different mental and emotional changes. Some pregnant women have an urge to build a “nest,” and others do not.
Besides, the factors that prevent this state of mind from appearing include physical limitations such as prolonged time of staying in bed, treatments for infertility, or previous miscarriage. However, the experts have not yet explained why some women have this instinct, while others do not.
What causes nesting instinct during pregnancy?
Some possible causes for this instinct to appear in pregnant women include:
- The impatience of expecting the babies to be born and wants them to have the best conditions
- Frustration and exhaustion when the women have limited activity during pregnancy
- Taking care of the babies will require a lot of energy and time, prompting women to do everything
- The feeling of wanting to start cleaning when morning sickness disappears.
The above factors can create specific behaviors that indicate that the women are in the nesting phase.
Is nesting instinct a sign of labor?
The rise of nesting instinct is not a sign of labor. Some women may be affected by this instinct when they have just passed the fifth month of pregnancy, others will only appear at the time of labor, and there will be mothers who do not feel the phenomenon. It is only part of maternal instincts and is not related to labor.
Nesting instinct may encourage you to try and do new things, but they are not necessarily good or even contain safety.
What to do when your “nesting” urge hits?
When your “nesting” urge hits, try to follow these precautions:
When painting: In the final weeks of pregnancy suppress the overwhelming urge to paint the baby’s nursery. Perhaps you could do the planning and designing of the room and let someone else do the actual painting. Paint is a substance to avoid for pregnant women. Pregnant women should avoid exposure to oil based paints, old paint that may contain lead and some latex paints that contain mercury. Most water-based paints can be used but always check the label for contents that could be harmful. Painting should always be done in a large, well-ventilated area to minimize breathing fumes. Wear protective clothing and gloves and never eat or drink in the painting work area.
When cleaning: There are no real issues with disinfecting your house as long as you know the safety of the chemicals you’re using. There is no evidence to suggest that there is any link between the use of household cleaners and birth defects. It’s a good idea to avoid oven cleaners and dry cleaning products and be careful never to mix ammonia with chlorine-based products, like bleach or cleanser, as the combination produces toxic fumes. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning and try not to breathe strong fumes.
If you have a cat or know that cats are present in your garden: Cat feces can contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, a rare but serious blood infection. If this infection is passed on to your baby, it can cause birth defects such as blindness, deafness or mental retardation. Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning the litter box or assign this chore to another family member until after the baby comes. Avoid all yard work or gardening in areas where cats may have contaminated the soil with feces. It’s better to avoid these activities than run the risk of infection.
Nesting instinct can disappear after having a baby because other concerns begin to appear in mind, such as feeding the baby and how to take care of the baby well.
The nesting instinct is quite useful, giving women the energy and motivation that they should have. They need to remember to be cautious, enjoy the process, and do not exercise too much.
Nesting can be one of the more humorous aspects of pregnancy. One that you and your partner are sure to laugh about in the years to come…if he ever forgives you for sending him off to work and ripping down all the wallpaper in the hall! You may laugh about it now but you probably won’t laugh when you’re in the middle of it. No one can pull you out of it no matter how silly your behavior may seem. It simply becomes something that you must do!