The many physical symptoms of pregnancy are well known — nausea, swelling, aches and pains, and constant fatigue only being a few. Less talked about are the emotional and mental states that women go through during pregnancy. Phases of excitement, anxiety, worry, and joy are all common, but even more so, is the nesting phase. But, what does nesting mean during pregnancy? And, where does the need to nest come from? As it turns out, the nesting phase has a long evolutionary history.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the nesting instinct is known as the incredible desire to get your house ready for your baby. The nesting phase is typically brought on by a bout of energy to clean, organize, decorate, and prepare for your baby. It usually can occur at any point during your pregnancy, but is typically strongest during the last few weeks. Some women even say that wanting to nest means that labor is imminent.