Pregnancy is when some of the most exciting, terrifying and daunting moments in a woman's life happens. It's that joyous and scary transition stage from simply living for yourself to having to care for someone who's completely dependent on you. That's why it's important to have close family and friends around. A helping hand, a sympathetic shoulder, an open ear can be a huge help for an expectant mom.
Here are a few things you can do to show that you care for your soon-to-be-parent loved one: 1. Come with her when she's running errands. Having a bulging belly can make moving around quite difficult, you can act as her assistant for the day. She'll appreciate it even more if you bring your car along and act as driver-for-the-day too.
2. Get her a box of her favorite treats. It's no secret pregnant moms love to eat. You can also call or text her beforehand to ask what she'd like just to make sure she'd really enjoy your treat.
3. Treat her to a pedicure. She can't even see her toes and toenails, let alone paint them herself. Go on a pampering dayout together. Get manicures, pedicures, massages -- the works!
4. Plan for a baby shower! If someone's already planned her one then go out and buy one -- or a bunch -- of items from this Baby Shower Gift List instead. She'll love it so much she might even make you a ninang/ninong to her soon-to-be-born baby (aka your soon-to-be inaanak).
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Keep breast milk fresh and cool in these super adorable and fuctional bags especially made for breast milk bags, bottles and other necessary breast pumping accessories. They come in a bunch of cute designs and sizes too!
SoYoung Aqua Seahorses lunchbox (P1,550) and Pink Fawn lunchbox (P1,350), The Parenting Emporium
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A manual breast pump is a great present for expectant moms planning to breastfeed.
Medela Harmony (P2,000), The Parenting Emporium
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Every breastfeeding mom needs a breastfeeding starter kit. Here's nipple care cream, a nipple puller and breastmilk storage bags.
Pigeon Nipple Care Cream (P29.75), nipple puller (P299.75) and breast milk storage bags (pack of 25 for P759.75), available at leading department stores
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"Extra protection for mom's flowing milk; Alternately works as effective facial wash cloths." Locally made!
Seve's Mom Cloth Nursing Pads (P345), The Parenting Emporium
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The bottom of this bowl is suction-cupped to prevent any unwanted bowl-flipping from excited babies and toddlers.
The First Years Inside Scoop Suction Bowl (P349.75), Ban Kee Trading
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Just look at these super cute onesies! One pack contains twelve onesies for every month milestone. Locally made!
Baby Steeckies 12 months onesies (P2,100), The Parenting Emporium
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Gotta keep those little feet warm. These come in a bunch of different animal and print designs. Locally made!
Esensya baby crocheted shoes (P390 each), The Parenting Emporium
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Get a whole basketful of these crocheted stuffed playthings and make a fruit basket! Locally made! Part of the proceeds go to charity.
The Parenting Emporium crocheted stuffed toys (P165 each), The Parenting Emporium
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This is a must-have for every household with newborns and babies. These are natural, non-toxic, fragrance-free and environment friendly.
Nature to Nurture Baby Bottle and Dish Wash (P349) and Amara Naturals Fruit and Vegetable Wash (P220), The Parenting Emporium
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You know why babies always smell so nice? Because their moms bathe them in love.
Small toothbrush, tiny nailcutter, wee combs and little scissors; So cute! This kit comes with those and more, plus a storage bag and a baby care, wellness and safety guide.
The First Years Deluxe Grooming Kit (P1, 199)
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The malunggay plant is known for the extra boost in milk supply it gives to breastfeeding moms. The bottle on the left is a malunggay concentrate and the box on the right contains malunggay capsules.
Nature's Pharmacy Malunggay Fermented Concentrate (P420) and VPharma Mega-Malunggay 650mg capsules (P950), The Parenting Emporium
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A breastfeeding mom's best friend is a comfortable, well-fitting, good quality and functional nursing bra.
Coobie Intimates nursing bra (P900), The Parenting Emporium
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Whoever said that breastfeeding clothes aren't fashionable obviously hasn't seen this dress yet. This dress comes with an easy access opening.
Latch a Babe Agatha Dress in Green (P1,500), The Parenting Emporium
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Here's a gorgeous breastfeeding floor-length dress
PrepiMom Nursing dress (P950), The Parenting Emporium
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These necklaces are actually made to be played with and chewed on by a teething child. So, while a mom's going about her day, carrying her baby in her arms, her little one's kept entertained with these colorful beads!
Chewbeads Chewbeads necklaces (from top to bottom: P1,595, P1,395 and P1,695), The Parenting Emporium
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This mat is a big hit in the parenting community. It's completely styrofoam free, cleans easily, is waterproof and is just the right thickness. And, it's double-sided too.
Comflor Baby Care Play Mat (P6,995), The Parenting Emporium
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Sometimes, strollers need that extra layer so that its occupant is more comfy. This is also useful for little ones who are still a little too small for their stroller with its adjustable head supporter.
Summer Snuzzler in Ivory (P1,499), Ban Kee Trading
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This 3-in-1 baby carrier is a no-brainer baby shower present. Babies can be carried facing towards the wearer, facing forwards or backpack-style when they're a little older.
The First Years 3-in-1 Baby Carrier (P1,999), Ban Kee Trading
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We love the sleek design of this adorable seater. This one's for when baby can support himself sitting down, 3 months-old at the earliest.