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Healthier Me: Nesting Ahead of Baby's Arrival

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In Wednesday's Healthier Me, birds aren't the ones that nest -- pregnant women also prepare a nest.


Women are accused of doing a lot of crazy things when they are pregnant... and, hormones are often blamed.

"Nesting" is often described as the uncontrollable urge in a mom-to-be to organize and/or clean everything before the baby arrives.

"Nesting" is not necessarily a medical term, but most pregnant women experience at least some form of it.

Doctors say nesting instincts during pregnancy may be caused due to biological reasons as well as emotional factors.  Most women have this primal instinct of getting everything ready for their baby, so the baby can have a comfortable life.

The common signs of nesting are an obsession with last minute details, cleaning, rearranging things and even painting.

Dr. Christine Keup/Sanford Health OB/GYN: "People get to that point when it's real. You are waiting for 9 months and then you realize it's going to happen soon, so you need to be ready."

Doctors say "nesting" is a very normal part of pregnancy, but women need to take some precautions.

They should steer clear of paint fumes. So, the urge to repaint the nursery should be done by the father-to-be.

Women should also avoid climbing on furniture for cleaning or rearranging stuff. Falling is too big of a risk to take.


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