Even though it was over 15 years ago, I still vividly remember the last few days of my most recent pregnancy. My husband was sure I’d bring on labour as I jumped on and off the kitchen chair, sorting through and rearranging the items on the top shelf of our hallway closet. Once that was done, I polished the dining room table and chairs, organized the kitchen drawers, cooked and froze a bunch of dinners and made sure that we had a month’s worth of pet food in stock.
This sudden burst of energy after complaining about feeling so tired was no surprise to me, but was to my husband who didn't remember my being just the same before the birth of our first-born years earlier. I not only remembered but knew this to be a normal period – often defined as “nesting”.
When I think of “nesting” I envision a pregnant mama bird gathering the last few twigs so that her nest is extra comfy once baby bird enters the world. I envision her making sure that it is sturdy and stable, with everything in place. Like any mama, she knows that for the first little while after her chick is born, she will be immersed in focusing on his needs and ensuring that he will be well fed and fit to survive. Just like the mama bird, we too want to make sure that our house is in order by the time we bring baby home.
Although the urge for nesting is at its peak just before baby is born, pregnant women (and even those who are waiting for a surrogate or birth mother to give birth to her child), may experience the desire to tidy up, organize and prepare for the new member of their family at any point in the nine-month journey.