Nesting During Pregnancy

Nesting During Pregnancy

Wondering why you suddenly have the urge to clean and organize everything? It’s called nesting, and it’s your body’s way of telling you your baby is almost here. For soon-to-be moms (and some dads), nesting is our body’s way of telling us to prepare our space for the baby on the way. Luckily, we have the rundown on how you can use this burst of energy to your full advantage.

What is Nesting?

Nesting, or the nesting instinct, is a natural burst of energy soon-to-be moms often get in the last few weeks of pregnancy that sends out a signal to clean and organize in preparation for the new baby. Even some dads experience this. The important thing is to use it to your advantage, while you still have the energy. By the time the baby arrives, it’ll be much more difficult.

Signs of Nesting

The urge to begin nesting is often unmistakable, especially if cleaning and organizing isn’t typically your thing. So, here’s a quick list of things to look for:

  • Deep cleaning all areas of the house

  • Washing and folding every towel and sheet

  • Purge extra and unwanted items

  • Organizing closets and storage spaces

  • Setting up the nursery all in one go

  • Vacuuming and dusting every surface

  • Shopping in quantity for baby items

  • Meal prepping next week’s meals

By now, you get the gist. The important thing to remember is to use your energy wisely by creating a list and not overdoing it.

When Does Nesting Occur

Most often, the nesting stage of pregnancy occurs toward the end of the third trimester. Signs of nesting include increased adrenaline and heightened emotions or an urgency to get things done, which jolts moms (and dads) into action to ready the nest.

What Causes Nesting Instinct?

Although the cause of nesting instinct is largely unknown, it’s most often attributed to hormonal changes and increased adrenaline that is experienced throughout pregnancy. Some also believe it is a coping mechanism for pregnancy-related anxiety and stress. Whatever the reason, most soon-to-be moms experience it––and some don’t.

Nesting Checklist

When nesting instinct kicks in, take full advantage. Here’s a checklist of things you’ll want to take care of before all your energy gets zapped.

Nesting Checklist

Gather the Essentials

Babies go through a ton of supplies. Clothes, diapers, wipes–you name it. Stock up on it all. You never know when you might run out.

Do Laundry

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Load Up on Food and Snacks

Get all the things you need to make meals and snacks at home. Fruits, veggies, juices, shakes, bread—anything you can think of. Taking care of a baby eats up a lot of calories.

Clean, clean, clean

Shower and tub need a good scrubbing? Clean it. Couch cushions need vacuuming? Clean it. Ceiling fans need dusting? Careful now! Ask someone for help to clean it. No matter what, use your energy and will power to get things done while you still can.

Dos and Don’ts During the Nesting

When you’re in full-blown nesting stage, getting things done is important. But, it’s important to know your limits. Here’s helpful list of dos and don’ts to be more productive and avoid straining yourself.


  • Make a checklist

  • Laundry

  • Stock the pantry

  • Load up on baby essentials

  • Finish assembling the nursery

  • Ask for help when needed


  • Lift heavy objects

  • Use harsh chemicals

  • Overdo it

  • Stress

Do Dads Go Through Nesting?

Nesting isn’t something moms only do, dad do it too! For guys, it’s a way for them to feel more connected to the pregnancy and do something proactive. Often, this involves starting (and finishing) projects around the house, babyproofing, upgrading the car to a family-sized vehicles, and anything else soon-to-be dads can think of to prepare the world for their new baby boy or girl.

FAQs about Nesting During Pregnancy

  • The instinct to nest can start as early as 5 months into pregnancy, but for most, the third trimester is when nesting urges typically reach their peak. It’s also normal for the urges to continue when you come home with your baby, but the likelihood of acting on them is low, because you’ll probably be too busy and tired.

  • To start nesting, first thing’s first––make a to-do list. From there, you can knock out cleaning and organizing things until it’s time to have the baby. Here’s some things you should include

    • Stock up on essentials

    • Meal prep

    • Load up the refrigerator and pantry

    • Do laundry

    • Organize the nursery

    • Clean the house

    • Make an emergency contact list

When it comes to the nesting phase of pregnancy, one of the most important things is to not stress and use your time and energy wisely. The more you get done, the more confident you’ll feel as time closer to bringing your new baby into the world.