8 Ways Pregnant Women Have Taken the 'Nesting' Phase to the Extreme

scrubbingAhh. The nesting phase of pregnancy. If you haven't hit it quite yet, odds are good that sometime late in your third trimester, you'll suddenly find yourself incessantly cleaning, organizing, and/or disinfecting every square inch of your house to prepare for your little one's arrival. And believe it or not, the whole nesting thing isn't all in your head.

According to a new study published in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, nesting is a primal instinct in pregnant women that stems from a desire to provide a safe environment for their unborn baby.

And while I can't really recall entering the nesting phase myself when I had my son, many moms admit going to extremes to make sure everything was in tip-top shape before they went into labor.


Here are eight crazy nesting stories that just go to show that nothing can stop a mom-to-be who's on a mission to prepare for the birth of her baby -- even if she happens to be due the very next day.

  1. "I HAD to paint our master bedroom when I was nine months pregnant. I went to the store and picked out paint. (I think the guy at the store thought I was crazy.) I painted the entire room myself (including moving furniture) and went into labor the next day."
  2. "I decided we needed to bleach the garage floor and I did it! I thought that was totally normal until my mom told me otherwise."
  3. "When I was pregnant with baby number two, I re-organized our massive bookshelf by putting all the books in alphabetical order. They stayed that way for about a day before my oldest got into them."
  4. "With baby number one I was grossed out by all the grease stains on our kitchen ceiling. So I climbed on a step stool with a Magic Eraser, and several hours later, I had a very clean kitchen ceiling. With baby number two, we decided to sell our condo at the end of my pregnancy. I once again climbed on said step stool and cleaned all the dust off the top of the refrigerator. About three weeks after I gave birth, we moved out of that place."
  5. "I cleaned my entire living room carpet with a handheld scrub brush. I had to do it twice, once with cleaner and once with water. I was nine months pregnant! And I didn't even go into labor. However, I got an awesome biceps workout."
  6. "The last baby I spent an entire day organizing things and putting in Ziplock bags of varying sizes. My makeup bag was LITERALLY a mound of plastic. It was very OCD."
  7. "Oh, I went crazy. Cleaned every nook and cranny of my house. Window sills, radiators. I even took all the cushions off my IKEA couch and washed them!"
  8. "I didn't just nest. I redecorated the entire house. We had closed almost a year prior to that point. Got rid of the living room furniture and bought new stuff, painted the living room, painted and redid the playroom and included a study station, and created brand new rooms for all three of my kids from paint to themes to accessories. I even dragged my husband into it. It was my last baby, and the only time I went quite so crazy."

Have you hit the nesting phase yet?


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