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"Please don't buy me a baby grow this Christmas"..... Say pregnant people in 2023

Do you want to show you really care for your loved one who is pregnant this Christmas? and do you want to support local business?

I am lucky in my career to speak to hundreds of pregnant women and these last few weeks I've been asking them the important question of: " What would be the best Christmas present for you?"

There was one simple pattern.., it's all about showing support, care, and making their journey to motherhood a little more comfortable and enjoyable.

Here is a round up of top 5, unconventional pregnancy gifts that have been suggested to me,. For an added bonus, buy local.

Here are some thoughtful Christmas gift ideas suggested by pregnant mums

Gift 1 #1 - Pampering Spa Treats

Pregnancy can be physically taxing, so why not treat them to a spa day? Opt for a gift certificate for a prenatal massage or a spa treatment specifically designed for expecting mothers. It's a fantastic way for them to relax and unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Thames Lido offer pregnancy massages for £80 and feel totally luxurious, trust me, I had then during both of my pregnancies

Gift #2 - Hypnobirthing or Antenatal classes

It really is possible to give the gift of a positive birth experience. Treat your loved one to a taster, workshop or full course of birth preparation. Knowing that you support their choices and are invested in them having a truly transformative experience is what they really want this Christmas

"Mothers who used Hypnobirthing techniques during labour had shorter labours, less perceived pain and less unplanned intervention than mothers who did not use the techniques"

Your Birth Story, based in West Berkshire offers a range of programmes and gift vouchers, so choose your budget and let them choose the programme that is right for them

Gift #3 - Book a cleaner

Support your local cleaners and support a new mum by paying for a cleaner for the first week, month or year...... Honestly this would have been the most appreciate gift for me and was one of the most suggested options by the mums I spoke to. Find your local cleaners through your local Facebook groups or take a recommendation from a friend

Gift #4 - Book a maternity photo shoot

Help them capture the precious moments and emotions of their pregnancy journey with a beautiful maternity photoshoot. Let them celebrate their growing, evolving body. This allows them to freeze this incredible time in their life.

Tina Cleary photography based in Berkshire offer beautiful maternity shoots to capture these small moments in time

Tip #5 - Prenatal Exercise Classes

Consider purchasing a gift certificate for prenatal yoga or fitness classes. Staying active during pregnancy is essential, and these classes offer a safe and enjoyable way for them to stay fit while connecting with other expectant mothers. There are loads to choose from that offer a range of sessions. Sam from Naturally yoga offers beautiful pregnancy classes just outside of Reading

Don't follow the crowd, follow the voice of the pregnant person

Remember, the most important aspect of gift-giving is the thought and care behind it. Whatever you choose, make sure it comes from the heart, showing your support and excitement for this new chapter in their life. After all, your love and encouragement are the greatest gifts you can give this holiday season!

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