Nesting instinct - how long before the birth did your start?

(14 Posts)
BettyBi0 Wed 06-Apr-16 14:26:46

Or do you think it's just an old wives tale? After procrastinating for weeks I've suddenly got a massive urge to start cleaning and chucking out all my hoarded stuff.

36+4 today so I'm hoping I'm not about to go into labour just yet. Last time the urge didn't strike me until at least 38 weeks

Diddlydokey Wed 06-Apr-16 14:31:23

I got a burst of energy at 38 + 1 but I didn't do any extra cleaning. I went walking all day.

Baby born at 39 + 5 after 10 days of early labour though.

Paperblank Wed 06-Apr-16 17:40:51

I cleaned the house from top to bottom at 37 weeks pregnant. I was like a woman possessed - when I realised I had just polished the outside of my bin I went and had a lie down!

Sparklycat Wed 06-Apr-16 18:55:06

Following as I've been pathetic and in tears this morning about the state of my house and how much cleaning I need (want) to do and am stomping around with a bin bag chucking loads of 'stuff' out.

Junosmum Wed 06-Apr-16 22:35:17

About 3 weeks. It's continued for 12 weeks post birth too!

BettyBi0 Thu 07-Apr-16 04:34:08

Sparklycat- I don't think you're pathetic at all. Nesting is a really weird sensation. I've been huffing and puffing around the house thinking "how can we live like this?" when normally all the mess and chaos doesn't bother me much.

ALongTimeComing Thu 07-Apr-16 04:40:43

I was about 6 months pregnant and threw away so much stuff it covered my living room. I had a mad burst of it one weekend and totally over did it. I couldn't feel my hands by the end of it.

Howtocatchastar Thu 07-Apr-16 06:18:12

I'm just over 37 weeks and its definitely started for me this week! Obliterating everything in sight :-)

Sparklycat Thu 07-Apr-16 10:01:24

It's so strange!! I even want to chuck my toddlers toys out as they are cluttering the living room (even when neatly stacked) but I won't as that's mean grin

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 07-Apr-16 11:00:25

Never. Both babies were early grin

NickyEds Thu 07-Apr-16 22:26:23

I didn't think I "nested" at all with ds but then dp reminded me that we re decorated the entire house when I was around 28 weeks. I definitely did not nest with dd, I could barely muster up the energy to stand up let alone tidy up!

mrsmugoo Fri 08-Apr-16 16:44:10

Not at all with my first!

Already madly nesting at 31 weeks with this one.

JayDot500 Sun 10-Apr-16 13:29:35

Mine kicked in on the morning I went into early Labour (had him early hours next morning). That morning, I gathered a lot of crap from my house and lifted it all into my car and took it directly to the dump. My husband was watching me with a raised eyebrow and I nearly left him at home because his slowness was irritating me.

Raines100 Sun 17-Apr-16 23:01:34

Didn't happen with DC1 or 3, but had a crazy burst of it with DC2 the day before I went into labour. Cleaned like a woman possessed all day- last thing I did was make and remake the crib 3 times before I was happy- went to bed at 11pm and woke up with a show 90 mins later

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