onception Activities: Nest Building

While having difficulty getting pregnant may make nest building the last thing on your mind, preparing your home for your baby’s arrival can be a positive way in which to cope with the difficulties of getting pregnant.

An important component of maintaining a positive attitude, nest building is an excellent visualization technique which can reduce stress and improve your overall health, thereby increasing your chances of getting pregnant.

This is because nest building allows you to visualize in a concrete fashion the fact that you will eventually get pregnant. Focusing on the fact that you will achieve your goal of getting pregnant increases your odds of getting pregnant and reduces stress levels because you’re not constantly worrying about your problems getting pregnant.

Also, by preparing your home for your baby’s arrival well in advance, you can reduce stress and fatigue later on when you do get pregnant.

Here is a list of what you’ll need in order to start preparing your house for your baby’s arrival:

  • crib or bassinet that meets national safety standards
  • diaper pail
  • place to change diapers
  • storage area for baby clothes and baby diapers
  • organize your house by removing extra clutter: organize things you don’t need into boxes or baskets. While some women might feel it necessary to make the house spotless, sanitizing your house isn’t necessary. In fact, it can reduce your baby’s risk of developing allergies
  • prepare some basic clothes for your baby, including t-shirts, gowns and one-piece outfits. Although your newborn will likely grow out of these quickly, it is always a good idea to have some basic clothing on hand in order to avoid the hassle of shopping for baby clothes later on
  • make sure you’re settled in your home prior to your baby’s arrival. Never plan to change households within the last months of pregnancy, as this can increase your stress levels
  • prepare your car, too. Buy a car seat that meets national safety standards. Your baby is safest in a car seat that is secured in the middle of the rear seat, facing backward. Never place your baby in the front seat of a vehicle that has passenger air bags
  • prepare a week’s worth of meals. When you get home from the hospital, you’ll likely feel too fatigued and overwhelmed by your baby’s needs to make the healthy meals you need in order to stay healthy so as to take care of your bundle of joy

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