by Bridget Swinney MS, RD
Yesterday I commented on a Huffington Post article titled:
"Most Pregnant First-Time Moms Expect Mother's Day Presents, Survey Says"
No surprise there...but I was surprised about the comments from other moms who noted that you aren't a mom until after birth. Let's think about this a moment. A mom's job is taking care of her child--to some extent, forever. That begins before birth. In fact I'd like to argue that Moms-To-Be deserve just as much recognition as Moms! Being a mom of two grown sons, I think I can speak to both sides of this coin.
When you're pregnant, the pressure is on you. No more 2nd helping of cappucinnos, that relaxing glass of wine is out the window and of course, you've got to do everything in your power to build a healthy baby, including staying away from chemicals, watching what you breathe and what medicines you take, and of course, eating a healthy diet. Now more than ever, when science has shown that you can "program" your baby for good or ill health, starting before and during pregnancy, the pressure is on mom-to-be.
So if you're you're a friend, partner or relative of a Mom-to-Be: Yes! You should help her celebrate her new job as mom--preferably by making her job in the coming months leading up to delivery easier, safer or more pleasant.
Best Gifts for the Mom-to-Be:
- Massage or Facial gift card. In case you've never carried a 20 pound basketball around your waist, yes, it can be tiring and painful. Imagine having a hard time getting out of bed because of that big bump or not being able to bend over your bump to tie your shoe. That deserves a little pampering! (Just in case you're tempted by a manicure--don't. Chemicals breathe at the nail salon aren't healthy for baby or mom.)
- Hand massager for those pesky lower back aches.
- Time. No, you can't pick that up at Target or Walmart, but you can give your own time so that your favorite mom-to-be can have more "me" time for herself.
- Pregnancy Book. What better way to help mom do her job well than give her the info she needs. A few possibilities:
- Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, during and After Pregnancy by Bridget Swinney MS, RD
- Pregnancy Journal: Revised and Updated: A Day to Day Guide for a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy by Christine Harris
- Baby Bargains by Denise and Alan Fields
- Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura Jana MD and Jennifer Shu MD
- Mommy Calls by Tanya Altmann MD