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Week 37

Your Baby:

  • Weighs about six and a half pounds, and is 21 inches long — quite possibly the same length he or she will be at birth.
  • Is packing on close to a half-pound of pure, unadulterated baby chub every week.


  • Are probably dismayed to realize you are STILL outgrowing your maternity clothes. Your shirts ride up to reveal a couple inches of belly (or elastic waistbands), your pants might bulge and pucker weirdly as your uterus drops lower, and some tops might feel especially tight as your ribcage expands to handle all your pushed-up organs.
  • Might be having serious trouble getting a good night’s sleep thanks to your size (my limbs keep falling asleep under my body’s crushing weight), your baby’s jolt-you-awake-caliber kicks, bladder calls, Braxton-Hicks contractions, and your brain’s constant buzz of excitement and anxiety and massive to-do lists.


Despite feeling whale-ish and slow and awkward, and despite not even remembering the last full night’s sleep you got, many pregnant women get a burst of nervous energy in the final weeks. You’ll get the patronizing “oh, you’re just NESTING” from everybody else, but not from me. I understand. There are fingerprints on those windows and unless you just go get the Windex right this minute you’ll be looking at those fingerprints six months from now oh my God get the Windex right this minute WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.

Yes, I washed every windowpane in my house — inside and out — this weekend. I also had contractions at Pier One while shopping for chairs. I came home and assembled a swing and a bouncy seat, then installed the infant car seat base in my car. I bought shelves and spackled drywall and then scored myself a freshly painted basement ceiling when I announced my intention to do something about some old water stains while conveniently holding a painter’s mask and a can of surely terribly toxic stain sealer/primer stuff in front of my in-laws.

(My husband, for the record, is nesting just as badly as I am — he’s rearranged the furniture in three rooms so far, has plans for two more and has sketched out an impressive-looking diagram of a new kitchen island he apparently intends to build himself.)


Some women don’t nest at all, some keep it confined to baby-centric preparations, and some of us lose our entire damn minds during the entire last month of pregnancy with a constant obsession of finishing long-procrastinated tasks and a ravenous compulsion to KEEP MOVING, STAY BUSY, CANNOT SIT STILL.

Whether it’s an ambitious decision to install a new tile backsplash or organize the linen closet or re-file everything in your office desk and cabinets, nesting can actually serve a noble purpose. You DO get things done that you’ve been putting off for ages and that likely won’t ever get done soon with a newborn in the house. You DO channel your nervous energy into something productive. Time WILL pass more quickly. You WILL feel calmer and more prepared for maternity leave and weeks of 24/7 baby duty when you cross things off the to-do list. And the constant activity and exercise CAN aid your body in preparing for labor (or even induce labor, depending on how much stock you hold in old wives’ tales).

A few nesting DON’Ts, however

1) DON’T paint, if you can help it. Delegate tasks that involve icky fumes or heavy chemicals to your partner or other family members. If you MUST paint, make sure you wear a mask and have windows open and fans blowing to keep the area ventilated. When shopping for paints, look for paints that emit fewer fumes than conventional paints, especially those that are oil-based. (The same goes for some household cleansers, especially bleach-based bathroom products, and stuff like furniture refinishers and stains.) The not-for-profit Healthy Child Healthy World has information on safer paints and finishes.

2) DON’T get up on ladders or furniture. You’re big and unwieldy and clumsy. Don’t overestimate how good your balance and center of gravity is at this point.

3) DON’T overdo it. I know, I know. Isn’t the point of frantic nesting to get your body all pumped up and contraction-y? Sort of, but not. If you realize you’re out of breath or sweating or dizzy, stop and lie down immediately. Drink plenty of water.

Most likely your baby will come when he or she is really ready, NOT at the precise moment you’ve finished installing the crown moulding. It really, really isn’t the end of the world if the tub never gets regrouted. You’re more likely to end up dehydrated and swollen than in labor. And besides — going through the physically demanding process of labor and delivery right after overdoing it on the housework is not ideal for you or the baby.

Finished with the Pregnancy Calendar and want more? Visit Amalah’s postpartum weekly column, Bounce Back. Bounce Back is about the postpartum experience — the good, the bad and the gory.

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About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering ...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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About the Author

Our Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty, was written by Amy Corbett Storch while she was pregnant with her second son, Ezra.

Amy, also known as Amalah, writes the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back here at Alpha Mom. You can follow her daily mothering adventures at her own site, Amalah.

About the Illustrations

The Zero to Forty illustrations were created by the artist Brenda Ponnay, aka Secret Agent Josephine. Brenda is very talented and these images are copyright-protected. You should hire her if you want your own unique ones.

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is this the same name you’ve secretly been calling the baby in your head for a while?
are you ever going to reveal the name you picked for if you had a girl?
are you guys planning for a third (or more?) child????


THank you for the guilt free ticket to that activity some people refer to as nesting.
I always thought of it like finals week, you have to get all of this stuff done now, or it will never happen. All I can think of is me, sitting there with new baby nursing, looking at the corner of the livingroom illuminated by the winter sun, thinking “Damnit, I wish I had gotten rid of those cobwebs before I had a baby attached to my boob.”


Ha ha – i have been reorganizing cabinets, closests, drawers – we have built laundry room shelves, a new deck and built in shelves in the living room over the last 4 months… and my husband announced last week he was remodeling the bathroom – new deeper bath, new tile, new shower fixtures… It sounds lovely – but if i go into labour and don’t have my bathroom to get into the bath or shower and pee frequently I WILL FREAK! He is nesting like a maniac!


I’ve been nesting for a while now too. I built a kitchen bench/storage unit and am finishing sewing the cushions. Also made curtains for the baby’s room, painted the changing table (outside, with spray), sewed a maternity swimsuit and hung curtains in the living room. Also cleaned all the baseboards in the house (OMG! The baseboards! They must be cleaned NOW!!). My friends make fun of me. My husband makes fun of me. But the joke’s on him because next week we’re renting a rug doctor and cleaning the carpets!


I only have enough energy to last for about 45 minutes at a time right now! I’m 35 weeks and waiting for nesting to hit! It never really did the first time, so I’m not expecting it to happen this time either. Bummer


Damn, wish I had read ahead last week and maybe I wouldn’t have ripped out all of the grout/caulking around our tub in the basement a few days ago!!!

Going to read week 38 now, just in case 😉


I am reading through these again for my third pregnancy. This is pretty much it as far as keeping track of baby’s development. I mentioned to my midwife on Friday that I didn’t even know what week I was on. Nesting has hit our house. We just bought a freakin $1500 vacuum because GAAA the dust and the pet hair and the mites ( I could have remained blissfully ignorant if not for that in-home demonstration)!! I still have three days to return it. Not like we can afford such an extravagance, but oh, it will last 20 years. SURE.


Yay I made it to the final row of the calendar. (That makes it officially close in my mind…)
I love this calendar and have been following along weekly. But I WISH I had the energy to do all that nesting. The only thing I’ve been up for lately is laying on the couch hoping the kids don’t hate me because of my absolute lack of energy for anything other than PBS kids.


I WISH my boyfriend would start nesting. Or having any interest in not living in a trash pile. 

The only item that got crossed off his to-do list this past weekend was what he wrote in himself- “buy steak.”


God i wish the BF would start nesting!  He still sits on his arse and I clean up the same damn stuff every single day. He finds he does enough because he works 40 hrs. Yeah so do I. I am 3 weeks from due date. Get off your butt!


I’m busy stuffing my face and watching the many hours of tv I have on my dvr because nesting just sounds like a whole lot of work that I really don’t feel like doing but my husband on the otherhand is nesting like crazy. This week alone he’s rearranged the living room & 3 out of our 4 bedrooms, repaired 2 sinks, scrubbed our bathroom from head to toe and now has some crazy idea about shutting power off and putting a chandelier in the kitchen and the ceiling fan that’s in the kitchen in the living room along with… Read more »