Nesting in Labor

Nesting in Pregnancy

Pregnant woman folding baby clothes, mid section, elevated view.
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A sudden burst of energy before labor is something that many people talk about. Is it a nesting instinct that prepares you to finish feathering your nest before your baby's birth? Or is it just a sudden realization that you're running out of time and really need to get things done? No one really knows.

Those who talk about nesting or a sudden burst of energy relay tales of organizing baby clothes, painting rooms and just generally having some energy after weeks of feeling really tired.

Some women seem to have this about a month before their babies are born, whereas other women have this burst of energy just a few days before the baby. And then there are those who simply never experience nesting in pregnancy or labor.

With my first baby, about a week before she was born I wound up trying to "fake" a burst of energy. I got up and started to put a plastic​ coating on all of the windows to winterize them for the baby. It was hard work and when my husband came back from work there I stood with a hair dryer, shrinking plastic. But no baby followed.

The good news is that whether or not you experience a burst of energy or any nesting, you will have your baby. Having the burst of energy is great and may allow you to get stuff done, but remember not to over do it. You could spend the energy only to find out you're in early labor and now need a nap more than anything else. So, the key is - alternate periods of rest with activity.

Moms Talk About Nesting in Labor

The experiences of moms vary, even from pregnancy to pregnancy. The good news is that not all women need to experience this as a sign of labor.

"I know with my last pregnancy, and this pregnancy, the last 4-6 weeks or so is when I find myself nesting the most. With my son, I didn't notice any spurts of energy right before I went into labor other than the day before..." - Brodzymama

Sometimes life gets in the way. If you experience a move or are remodeling, you might find that your whole pregnancy feels like a burst of energy!

"I'm in Full Tilt right now! I just moved in at the begin of the month so I've been unpacking but, I've already set up the baby's room. I'm scheduled for the baby on October 28th. So I'm only 25 weeks, but I wanted to get it done before I get to big. With my daughter, I was the same way started about 6 months and keep right on going till I had her." - Seaberry Delight

"I was having contractions and had been for some time. My boyfriend really wanted me to go to the hospital or at least call our doctor. I kept insisting it wasn't labor because I hadn't had a burst of energy. I was more of what you'd call a slug. We made it to the hospital with about an hour to spare!" - Momma2Be

If you experience a burst of energy at the end of your pregnancy, remember to go easily. The energy that you use should be metered out as not to tire yourself out if labor should start soon after.

This may mean holding yourself back. Try washing the baby clothes and folding them, without the color coding and organizing them by months. If you're not experiencing the labor nesting instinct - don't worry. Labor is still around the corner!

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