We’ve been led to believe women have a biological urge to tidy, clean and prepare the home for their baby, just like mice, rabbits and pigs prepare their nests to provide a safe environment for their litters.
Have the last load of laundry in the wash and then I need to fold Lyam’s clothes, make his bed, tidy his room, sweep all the rooms and tidy my room then clean the bathroom. Then all cleaning is caught up. ☺️ #proud #nesting #pregnant #pregnancy.
— Keirstyn???? (@trottertribeyt) February 29, 2020
But a UK review of the evidence finds there’s no basis to the idea that women’s hormones drive them to nest. Instead, the researchers argue this is a myth that reinforces gender inequalities of who does housework.
The myth also sets women up for a lifetime of tidying, cleaning and sorting.
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