Gift Ideas for the Expectant Mum
Pamper and Spa Days
Buyagift offer a Mother to be Day - a day of indulgence at one of four Champney's Hotels across the Country, including massage, relaxation classes and lunch, as well as a Beautiful Bump relaxing 55 minute massage - note of warning though : Please make sure this is something that the Expectant Mum would like, I've never been into massages and my Husband bought me a pregnancy massage for Christmas 3 years ago & I cried and made him take it back for a refund!!
I Need Pampering.com also offer a wide range of Pregnancy Massages, Pamper and Spa days
You can also find details of specialist Pregnancy Massage providers local to you here.
Parents to Be Experiences
Mamas and Papas parents to be experience from Buyagift is something that the proud parents to be can do together. Get advice from a Mamas and Papas nursery advisor, as well as enjoying a relaxing lunch to discuss how you will spend your vouchers.
Why not book a Mum to be photoshoot, a chance to get some memorable pictures of the beautiful Mum and bump before the big day - you can find details of these in local papers or on the Internet.
We all know that it's not always possible to paint your own toenails once you have a huge bump in front of you so why not treat your Mum to be to a pedicure or do it for her with a Gorgeous Feet Pedicure Kit from Boots.
There are so many gorgeous changing bags these days, once you become a Mum you don't need to ditch your stylish bags. Pink Lining have a huge range of gorgeous changing bags, including their Yummy Mummy bags. I currently have a competition running to win a Grey Doves changing bag here.
Mia Tui also have a great selection of bags suitable for all uses. I have a gorgeous red Ava bag that is great for taking out whether I have the kids with me or not, big enough for all my bits and bobs as well as an ipad, drink bottles, snacks, change of toddler clothes and nappies.
The Stripy Company is a business set up by two busy Mums to provide beautiful and affordable blankets that are kind to the skin and will also wash well & last for years. They have some gorgeous blankets that would be perfect for the Mum to be to snuggle up in before the birth and make the newborn baby feel secure surrounded by Mummy's scent once he / she is born. They also have a range of Newborn Gift Sets if you can't resist buying something for baby too.
A Mum to be may not be able to indulge in alcoholic wine but there is a large range of de-alcoholised sparkling wine (less than 0.5% vol)* on The Alcohol Free Shop. They even have alcohol free Mulled Berry Punch and Cocktails - perfect for the festive season.
If the expectant Mum is a cheese lover then this may be for them, they may not be able to indulge in Stilton or Brie but this Pregnancy Friendly Artisan Cheese box from Farmison.com would be a great distraction - you could even wrap it with a de-alcoholised bottle of Merlot to make them feel really naughty.
Last but not least - Chocolate! Something that most Mums to be cannot live without. Why not treat them to some really special chocolates from Hotel Chocolat - a luxury box of alcohol free Christmas Chocolates.
You can win a box of the Christmas Chocolates (with alcohol) currently running on my blog here.
* Note on Alcohol in Pregnancy from The Alcohol Shop
During pregnancy, food and drink consumed by the expectant mother is passed on to the developing baby through the placenta.
Consuming alcohol during pregnancy has been shown to have an adverse affect on the developing baby.
Heavy drinking throughout pregnancy has been known to cause alcohol dependency in new-born infants and abnormalities affecting growth, mental retardation and low intelligence, and facial and other physical defects, and organ damage.
This is known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The physical, mental, and emotional effects caused by FAS are tragically irreversible.
Even moderate amounts of alcohol are thought to have a detrimental impact on the well-being of expectant mothers and the unborn child.
For years doctors have suggested that pregnant women should have no more than four units of alcohol a week and no more than a single unit in 24 hours.
The truth is, it is not fully known what the impact of even such moderate amounts may have on a developing foetus. There is no recommended safe level of alcohol for pregnant women.
New advice from the Department of Health recommends that women should abstain from alcohol during pregnancy.
Our wide selection of non-alcohol fruit juices and relaxing infusions are ideal anytime for pregnant women. Our alcohol-free and de-alcoholised wines and beers can also be enjoyed without fear of harming the unborn child.
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