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WorriedAndCrazy Sat 18-Mar-17 11:48:35

Ok so I know this is probably a really stupid question but I've been very anxious through this pregnancy so I'm questioning everything (hence my username).

29 weeks and the nesting has kicked in. I've spent the majority of my pregnancy feeling like rubbish, tired and sleeping so this sudden energy boost is great. I've just done my housework for today. Nothing too strenuous just the usual hoovering, mopping, bathroom etc but I'm quite sore now. I often hear of people who get in about the house work when they're due to bring on labour and am paranoid that I could end up doing damage by doing too much. Is it possible that if I keep continuing like this I could cause premature labour?

Oh and this isn't an excuse to get out of doing the houseworkgrin as I'm absolutely loving this stage. I was the same when I had my daughter, the joy that cloths, sponges and cleaning products can bring to someone's life blush.

DuggeeHugs Sat 18-Mar-17 12:04:42

I didn't nest at all first time around but realised this week that I've started nesting. I'm 22+1 so hopefully this isn't the start of labour! Generally people say this phase occurs towards the end of pregnancy but I'd be surprised if it caused labour given the huge lists of things people try to get labour started but that never seem to work smile

The other thing I've noticed is that I'm hating nesting - my head is just full of jobs I want to do, e.g., clear out all the wardrobes, redecorate the stairs, etc., but obviously some aren't practical. It's driving me crazy as the midwife says I need to take it easy at the moment confused

WorriedAndCrazy Sat 18-Mar-17 12:12:20

Yes I'm not quite sure if nesting is the correct way to describe how I'm feeling. I just feel the need to be busy and doing something and cleaning is one of the ways for me to do this. I also get slightly obsessed with the smells of cleaning products when I'm pregnant, not sure if this is a sort of strange craving? I remember during my last pregnancy just standing in the cleaning aisles for ages admiring everything grin.

I know exactly what you mean, I need to have a big clear out of stuff and am constantly lying awake at night thinking of everything I have to do which is driving me nuts.

I know I'm probably worrying for nothing, I guess I'll just try and pace myself rather than blasting through everything like a mad woman.

DuggeeHugs Sat 18-Mar-17 12:47:20

After the horror of smells during first trimester I'm finding cleaning smells rather nice - perhaps it's just a form of olfactory relief?! I'm now vacuuming daily and getting very irritable about the state of the kitchen, which is ridiculous because it was fine until a fortnight ago. I feel for DH as he probably thinks I'm morphing into Mrs Mop and is worried I'm expecting him to join in with this craziness grin

I had naïvely assumed that nesting was a fluffy happy feeling but I've come to the conclusion that it's actually just another form of pregnancy torture sad

INeedNewShoes Sat 18-Mar-17 12:52:08

I'd been looking forward to nesting instincts kicking in and now they're here I have SPD and any cleaning/sorting that is remotely strenuous is completely out of the question. I'm feeling quite fed up!

UndersecretaryofWhimsy Sat 18-Mar-17 12:53:38

Nesting doesn't cause labour and nor does physical activity. It's more a sign (in late pregnancy) that the birth might not be far away. But it's totally normal to get energy surges in the second trimester and also to want to get ready for baby/clean up. (I decided our house needed all the windows cleaned, for the first time ever, last time I was pregnant. I also worked out and lifted weights all the way through - physical activity is GOOD.)

I did have a real nesting burst right at the end where I spent the last week before I gave birth cooking like a maniac.

WorriedAndCrazy Sat 18-Mar-17 13:06:23

DuggeeHugs No one will be allowed to join me in my cleaning sprees I refuse to share grin

NewShoes Oh no you have my sympathy can only imagine how hard that must be. I've been getting a bit of hip pain recently and was worried it might be the start of SPD but luckily it's not been bad and comes and goes.

Whimsy Thanks for the reassurance, I think it is just an energy surge since I've spent so long feeling rubbish. I cleaned my windows the other day for the first time in God knows how long! (Finally got rid of the marks that the Xmas decorations had left on themblush). I also cleaned my oven yesterday for the first time since I moved in in months. Hopefully I don't do the same with the cooking as I'm a terrible cook grin.

UndersecretaryofWhimsy Sat 18-Mar-17 14:48:10

worried it came in handy! As well as putting some meals in the freezer I made a massive batch of courgette muffins the day I went into labour, which ended up supplementing the crappy hospital meals and proved perfect to eat one-handed. grin

INeedNewShoes Sat 18-Mar-17 14:58:07

Worried - please look after your hips! Mine was just a niggle ten days ago (could brisk walk a mile very easily) and has deteriorated over the past week to be now really quite debilitating (struggled to hobble 50 yards from car to post office this morning).

Look up PGP advice such as sleeping with a pillow between your legs and keeping your legs together and parallel as much as possible. I assumed my hip pain would go away and am now sorely regretting not taking it more seriously sooner.

DuggeeHugs Sat 18-Mar-17 15:19:11

Under you've just made me realise that my sudden desire to bake is probably nesting too! So far we've had two types of cookie, veggie scotch eggs, random potatoes and various stews. I'd been blaming Mary Berry grin

WorriedAndCrazy Sat 18-Mar-17 17:29:45

Whimsy Oh maybe wouldn't be such a bad thing then, hopefully I will get the urge to look up some recipes and become a master chefgrin.

NewShoes How many weeks are you? I always thought if you were going to suffer from SPD it would start around 20 weeks I wasn't sure if it would start later on. Thanks for the advice, it's funny you should mention that as I came out the supermarket and felt a bit sore around my hips, lower back and bum. Not too bad but I went across to Argos and bought a body pillow just in case it is the start of something. That sounds horrible is there any pain relief or anything you can take?

ILikeSalmon Sat 18-Mar-17 17:44:02

Currently on the last few days of my third pregnancy
Still in all 3 never had the nesting thing happen
But with all 3 I got the urge to redecorate the whole house which I have done on all three occasions all after 36 weeks.

INeedNewShoes Sat 18-Mar-17 17:49:45

Worried - I'm 32 weeks so it started late for me (thankfully). I'm seeing an osteopath on Monday as apparently there's something they can do to help. I'm wary of painkillers both for the effect on the baby but also because I need to know which movements are problematic to make sure I don't repeat them and end up with a longer-term problem.

I might have to delegate some of the more necessary tasks that my nesting instincts dictate!

UndersecretaryofWhimsy Sat 18-Mar-17 18:08:15

Salmon far be it from me to disagree with you, but I'd definitely file redecorating under nesting!

INeedNewShoes Sat 18-Mar-17 18:11:41

Ha ha, so would I Salmon grin

WorriedAndCrazy Sat 18-Mar-17 18:45:23

Oh God Salmon I hope I never end up doing that! I didn't realise nesting could involve cooking and decorating, getting worried I'm hopeless at both of these things I hope I don't get the urge grin.

I get what you mean NewShoes, I suppose it's one of those pains you have to be aware of so you know when you need to take it easy. Hope Monday goes well for you and you get a bit of relief!

I've just ironed my nightie hmm beginning to scare myself. I'm well known for being lazy not having much energygrin.

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