Home » Giving Birth

How Long Before Labor Do You Start Nesting?

8 October 2009 15 Responses

A Parent asks, I’m 39 weeks and 4 days so I know labor is just around the corner… I just started nesting, how long before labor does that usually happen?

15 Responses »

  • J.C. said:


    Well, everyone is different and depends on whether this is your first pregnancy or your second pregnancy, etc. However, the average time from the ” nesting stage ” to labor is about 2-3 weeks. But, this is not an exact figure. The sudden burst of energy is a sign that you’ll soon be experiencing signs and symptoms of labor. Congrats.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Ruth said:


    I started 24 hrs before i went into labor. and cleaned the whole house top to bottom in like 4 hours

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Teresa W said:


    i did it on the night i went into labour. it was weird i just started cleaning everything like my dads bathroom and stuff. well funny. and my dog knew i was due as well cos she followed me everywhere

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 2 votes)
  • Draconia said:


    It varies by everyone.
    My SIL has been nesting for months. I nested for two weeks before hand – mainly forced myself so I would go into labor. And I know other people that never do.
    I hope that this is a good sign for you and you have 4 days left!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • justme said:


    I nested in october and was due xmas day but was preggo with twins and was sooooo sure they were gonna come early

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • kristine said:


    It really varies. Some women don’t even experience the nesting instinct. Sometimes it can happen a few weeks before labor starts. For me, it happened around a week before labor with my first, around 1-2 weeks with my second, and with my third…well, I don’t really think I noticed since we were in the process of packing up to move so I was pretty busy anyway! Lol! You are so close to the end that I would expect labor soon. Have you had any other signs that labor will begin soon? Cervix thinning and dilating, baby engaged in your pelvis, contractions, or losing your mucous plug? You’re so close to the end that it won’t be long now! Best of luck and congratulations!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)
  • Slimmer Kimmers said:


    I think i’ve been nesting for the last few months.. 33 weeks now

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Kathrine A said:


    I started nesting 2 weeks before labor the first time. Than again the day of.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Alla P said:


    I started months before labor and I know you won’t go that long so it is hard to tell. But if nothing else all the cleaning may stimulate contractions, so if your ready than clean mama, CLEAN!! lol

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • *~mama mari~* said:


    usually a few weeks before maybe like up to a month before everyone might be different on that though i know a few that never felt like nesting me i think it was 3 or 4 weeks before my babys was born and i have 3 children

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • penny said:


    i don’t know for sure…. see both my babies had to be induced after 40 weeks. And each time after I got my induction date I knew I’d better get my butt in gear and get things ready. Other than that I guess I never really nested.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Durty's Wifey~Due Feb. 2010! said:


    Could be as little as a day or as long as 2 weeks :) Good luck, you’re going to be a new mommy very soon!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Noah's Mommy said:


    It could happen any time, I’m nesting at 38 weeks, I started last week with all the getting ready and cleaning. Everyone is different i guess.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: -1 (from 1 vote)
  • Saabi said:


    I’m 29.5 weeks pregnant & I’m already in this nesting phase! Is this a sign that my baby will be coming early?

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • NoWorries said:


    I’m 39 weeks and erm…4 days :D . I think I’ve been ‘nesting’ since early last week…I had already washed my baby clothes but suddenly decided not just to wash all the baby clothes he’s going to wear…I decided to wash everything he won’t even fit in for like 6mths. On top of that I cleaned everything in the house. The pantry doors, the skirting boards. I even took the cat collar off and soaked it. Funny thing is my partner is worse than me. He’s reorganised the spare room, reorganised the bathrooms, shed, carport. I can’t keep up with him, he’s a cleaning machine. Hopefully soon!!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.