What is the Nest Syndrome?

Have you ever heard of the Nest Syndrome in pregnant women? It is an imperative need to order and clean everything so that the house is perfect for the arrival of the baby, so it usually arises in pregnant women in the last weeks of pregnancy.

What is Nest Syndrome?

The Nest Syndrome is the need to order and clean every corner of the house so that the house is ready for the arrival of the baby. It is a syndrome that not only occurs in humans, but also other animals present it, hence its name (prepare the “nest” just like birds do). It emerges as a protective instinct for the baby that is coming that makes us “obsess” for the order and cleanliness of the whole house, including rooms that the baby will not even step on.

The normal thing is that in the last weeks of pregnancy, towards week 34, although it may appear a little before or after or even never appear since not all parents develop it at the same intensity. It is also more common in mothers, especially first-time parents, but parents can also present it.

Why does Nest Syndrome occur?

Of course, this syndrome has an important psychological component. Thus, some experts point out that it is mental preparation for the new stage and the new responsibilities that lie ahead. Others think that it is a good way to give way to the adrenaline that accumulates in the body in the last weeks of gestation for the moment of delivery.

The excitement and nerves for the imminent arrival of the baby can make you need to take care of different tasks to be more relaxed, and what better than cleaning and tidying the whole house. Or you may think that when the child is born you will not have time for anything, and decide to leave everything clean for when that happens.

Suddenly, after a week more tired, you are full of energies and a kind of hyperactivity fills you and, if you are no longer working and do not know what to use your time and your energies, it is normal to give you to clean, order and decorate everything

Whatever the concrete cause that leads you to clean and order almost compulsively with your third-quarter tripod,  you should not restrict those impulses, although you should be careful not to hurt yourself or fall. Respect some safety parameters to avoid possible injuries in these last moments of pregnancy.

What to do if I suffer from the Nest Syndrome?

As we said, you should not restrict this impulse, but control it and follow a series of tips to avoid hurting yourself just a few weeks before delivery. Nor should you get tired a lot or you will have more contractions and discomfort. If you notice that you are suffering from the Nest Syndrome, follow these tips:

  • Do not become obsessed or overwhelmed because everything is not perfect, the baby does not need the floors to shine or the ceilings to be unpolluted. The fundamental thing is that their little things are prepared, as well as the bag that you will take to the hospital.
  • Prioritize and make a list of the things that are really important and what you should do every day. For example, the house must be clean, but it is not necessary to order all the cabinets, even the storage room.
  • Take time also for yourself, to take care of yourself and prepare physically and mentally for childbirth through breathing exercises, relaxation, going for a walk, etc.
  • Rest and do not overload. It is not good that you work too many hours or that you carry weight since you can injure yourself or cause back pain. Does your strength, even if you find yourself with a lot of energy, and alternate more tired activities with more relaxing ones.
  • Ask your partner or other family and friends for help to help you have everything ready for the child.
  • Watch your postural hygiene, do not climb stairs, do not carry weights and rest every so often. Remember to eat well and drink plenty of water.
  • Be careful with cleaning products, paints, varnishes, glues, etc. since they can contain toxic components that are not good for you or for the baby. Look for natural products or use life-long cleaning products (such as vinegar or lemon) to avoid damage. And if you have to wear any yes or yes, wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself.
  • If you feel nervous,  avoid drinks and stimulating foods such as coffee, tea or spicy foods, as they can alter you even more.

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