When Nesting During Pregnancy Goes Too Far
Nesting, It can strike at any time. But it’s most likely to hit in the last weeks just before the baby arrives. There’s biological significance to this — a mother has a strong impulse to prepare the house, or “nest,” for the baby’s impending arrival.
It can be pretty amusing because it sometimes makes moms do the strangest things. Nesting during pregnancy sometimes has the person unable to see how irrational their behavior sometimes is, and even, in some cases, alarming!
It can make some women overly anxious and can lead to feeling overwhelmed and sometimes being unable to function normally on a day to day basis.
Nesting During Pregnancy
If you suspect that it is becoming a source of worry or sadness, please talk to your healthcare provider. Moms-to-be with anxiety or depression are more likely to develop postpartum depression.
Warning signs that nesting has gone beyond the norm
Difficulty sleeping due to anxiety
Constant worry or fear that nothing you do will be good enough for the baby – for example, perpetual worry about choosing the “wrong” bassinet.
Lack of appetite due to anxiety
Obsessional thoughts or actions, like repeatedly washing bottles or baby items that have already been cleaned, and rethinking nursey choices.
Ways to relax while waiting for your baby
Ask for help, friends, and family will be only delighted to lend a hand, whether the task is choosing baby gear, decorating the nursery, or just filling out your shower registry. Delegate tasks to others if you’re feeling too overwhelmed at the thoughts of doing it by yourself
Try to get some exercise. While you might feel exhausted, a short walk outside can help break a pattern of obsessive nesting during pregnancy. A little prenatal yoga will also help relax you and it will promote mindfulness that will help keep you at the moment. Spend some relaxing time with your loved ones, like going out for dinner or seeing a movie.
Remind yourself that all your baby really needs is your warm skin and open arms, says Maria Brooks, president of Lamaze International and a labor and delivery nurse – so you’re already prepared.
Do some deep-breathing exercises with guided imagery, says Lucy A. Hutner, an assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. Try a meditation app; even a five-minute session can help you move out of your spin.
If you do feel your nesting during pregnancy is causing mental health issues, talk to your healthcare provider about your anxiety and fears.
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