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Nesting

I am 39 weeks and 3 days. I have had no energy at all this week! I went to my midwifes office yesterday and was checked. I'm 1-2cm dilated, and 50% effaced. She had done a minor stretch and sweep and lost my mucous plug he next day. Now this morning when I woke up all I have been doing is cleaning, baking, etc you name it! I'm hoping labour isn't to much farther a long :)
—Guest Krystal

Yes

I started cleaning my restroom plus my two refrigerators. I was also washing dishes putting them away. I also did laundry, I don't know where all that energy came from? but I guess that was a sign.
—Guest Lupe Bustamante

38 weeks and have been nesting

The first 6-7 months of pregnancy I was battling all day nausea. Then I hit the 7th month and it pretty much went away. That's when the nesting began. I tore apart every closet and rearranged all the contents. Cleaned out and organized a 2 car garage. Set up a cleaning schedule and was making nightly meals. Repainted and decorated the nursery (all while having severe sciatic pain) the urge to nest was greater than the pain which meant I was crawling around to get some of this stuff done. Then it slowed down at 34 weeks or so and I had zero energy or motivation to get much done. At week 37 it began again. i started organizing the nursery closet again, packing hospital bags, cleaning out the car and making meals. I had a huge surge of energy for the last week and today it's like I hit a wall. I've been in bed except to shower...exhausted as can be. Hoping labor is coming! I think nesting can come and go throughout pregnancy but I think it's most common close to the onset of labor.
—Guest Anita

Big burst

I'm in my 36 week on Monday I'll be 37 and all I want to do is clean the car mop the floors walk all over. The block scrub the walls. And bathrooms til I can stand. But then keep going how crazy is that after all that I'll have a coke and a box of lemon heads red hot mixed the baby is going but inside how crazy is that my big burst !!!!
—Guest Biglala

Nesting

I am 36 weeks along and in the last two weeks I have redecorated the kitchen, done up the nursery and attended to every intricate detail, redecorated the living room and my six year Olds room. Im done now I think.
—Guest Shelley

Am I nesting?? Is labour coming??

Hi. I'm 31 weeks and 2days. Other day I just started cleaning my cubers an then to day at tea time out of no where i just need to clean all my house. This is my second baby I did do this with my first but not this early what's happening???? Please help.
—Guest Fay

nesting madness

Im 35 week pregnant and have strated to clean, yesterday I attacked my kitchen, scrubbed out cupboards, washed floors unpacked our suitcase as we have just got back from france and washed it all, then attacked pillowcase blankets etc, then cleaned our lounge. Im finding im getting peeved with my 3 years old for making a mess everywhere when ive just cleaned up,shes finding it very funny!!! Ive waited weeks for my otherhalf to move his stuff to another room and now its annoying me, if he doesnt do it soon im gunna black sack it or hoist it up the attic my self, its making me want to cry as its in the nursery just taunting me!!! I have so much energy but this is day 2 and now wondering if i'm coming early or if it just me being me ??? GOOD LUCK to everyone else if your havent dropped already would love to hear if it was the start of labour or false alarms :-)
—MULBERRYSUMMER

yup, everyone of them

With my first I didn't realize what I was doing but at 6 months I started scrubbing the bathroom, went into preterm labor later that day. Second and third couldn't handle the way the drawers in my kitchen looked had to rearrange!!! I'm currently pregnant with my 4th been nesting all afternoon, fingers crossed I go into labor tonight :-)
—Guest Victoria

35 weeks 4 days...

2nd time mom here...no nesting with #1, but at that time I was depressed as hubby and I were victims of the 2008 recession and living with MIL... I've been a zombie for the last few weeks with this one, but... 1am this morning I went full force on my messy house! It's now 630 am and I still can't sleep, so I'm off for more domestic fun!!!! I'm hoping it's all in my head, though, bc (a) I want my little girl to cook a little longer and (b) it's DS's birthday today!!!
—Guest Melissa

Is this really happening????

Well I had heard of nesting prior to me getting it, but thought nothing of it at the time. I woke up one morning, got my 3 yr old dressed, then the nesting began. I had all this energy to do everything when the days prior I had no energy for anything!!! I took my bottles to sarcan, did dishes, laundry, dusted, swept, washed floors, made muffins, washed walls and even cut the grass!!! I'm 36 weeks 2 days and this happened two days ago. I am now absolutely beat! I can hardly keep my eyes open! My first son was born at 36w4d due to me being induced for medical reasoning (he was perfectly healthy!!!). I never got to experience this with him so I am hoping this is a sign I will go into labour soon!!!
—Guest Chelsea

Is this really happening????

Well I had heard of nesting prior to me getting it, but thought nothing of it at the time. I woke up one morning, got my 3 yr old dressed, then the nesting began. I had all this energy to do everything when the days prior I had no energy for anything!!! I took my bottles to sarcan, did dishes, laundry, dusted, swept, washed floors, made muffins, washed walls and even cut the grass!!! I'm 36 weeks 2 days and this happened two days ago. I am now absolutely beat! I can hardly keep my eyes open! My first son was born at 36w4d due to me being induced for medical reasoning (he was perfectly healthy!!!). I never got to experience this with him so I am hoping this is a sign I will go into labour soon!!!
—Guest Chelsea

Thought I wouldn't get it this time

I always thought nesting was more emotional than biological. With all three of my kids I did huge projects and redecorated and cleaned like a mad woman. This time I am 36 weeks 3 days with surrogate twins. I have really enjoyed watching the girls' mom nest and relaxing knowing that this time I didn't need to. Then today it hit. My house was a disaster. Of course I am HUGE (the twins are 70th percentile) but I NEEDED the house cleaned. This is where my three kids came in handy! They all pitched in and helped me scrub, mop, clean, wipe, and sanitize the entire house, afterwards my oldest, who is eleven asked me "How do you always do all this by yourself?!?" I sure hope this means labor is coming soon (but not TOO soon, my OB is on vacation for 2 more days) I am ready for these girls to go back to their momma and daddy!! :)
—Guest Heather

Burst of energy before labor

It's obviously hormonal. The mother's body has to shift into high gear for the physical demands of labor, which is no minor physical feat. Cardiac output increases by as much as 50% during labor. This is why women's cardiovascular systems are much stronger than men's. It's amazing how many women don't know this.
—Boomerang99

WTH!!!

So I'm 38 weeks 3 days. Out of nowhere I just hopped up and started cleaning. That is not normal. Well for me anyways lol. This is my first baby and I also had a Dr. appointment this morning and my Dr. said I'm 75% thinned out. Anyways my parents noticed me cleaning and as I was vacuuming I felt a stare and I looked behind me and there my parents where standing. They were laughing and I asked why. They said I hope you have your bag packed for you and the baby. I said why is that? Then my mom said your doing exactly what I did every time before I went into labor. My eyes just opened big I was a little scared but excited. So let’s see what happens and if this hole "nesting" thing is true.
—Guest Vallejo12

cleaning

When I was pregnant the last two times during the end I couldn't stop cleaning I mean dishes mopping you name it I cleaned things that didn't need cleaning weird huh?
—Guest mshershey87

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