Is Nesting Real?

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I am pregnant and this overwhelming need to clean and organize during my remaining days of pregnancy, apparently are called nesting.  It has its roots deep in evolution I am told. According to a 2013 study from researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. In nature some birds are programmed to build nests for protecting their young, we humans are hardwired to create a safe environment for our children.

“Sometimes the need to get your house ready is practical,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, MPH. She’s a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. There is also an emotional aspect to nesting, she says.  Painting nursery walls and buying baby supplies gives you a chance to bond with your partner and start creating a sense of family.

Although it’s good to rid your house of excess dirt in advance of your baby’s arrival, make sure you do so safely.  Read cleaning product labels to check that they are not toxic, and always wear gloves when handling anything you are not sure about. “Make sure you have good ventilation so you don’t get overcome by the strong smell of cleaning products,” Dolan says.

While cleaning and organizing are important, don’t get so caught up in the small stuff that you neglect real health hazards to your baby — like lead paint if you live in an older home. “That’s not something you wipe and clean away.  You need to have lead abatement to remove lead from your house” Dolan says.  We at Tidy Tiffany & Co. in Chesterfield agree as we offer a range of eco-friendly domestic cleaning, standard or deep cleaning to remove the dust, dirt, bedbugs, dust mites and the hidden mold or mildew that can affect your family and their health.  Try our deep clean, carpet cleaning, or spring clean and let us keep your family safe. Call Us


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