No two women will have the same experience of pregnancy. For some it is wonderful, whereas others find it much more difficult. Even so, one thing is consistent -- it is a special time in a woman's life. She is doing the most important job there is: preparing to bring a child into the world. As such she deserves to be pampered a little. This is your opportunity to show your pregnant wife, sister or friend that you understand this, and that you care for and support her. There are lots of things you can do to make her feel special, from buying her presents such as maternity wear to taking more care of her around the home. Here are few of our ideas to help you pamper the mum-to-be in your life.

1) Gentle Exercise

Intense strenuous exercise may not be a good idea during pregnancy, but it is still important to stay fit. Light exercise will keep the expectant mother's body supple and will encourage good circulation. Taking her out for a gentle stroll to a cafe or a park will help her keep fit and provides a great opportunity for you to talk with her about the challenges and joys that await. Later in the pregnancy, as she gets bigger, she is likely to become increasingly tired. She may appreciate being taken to a local swimming pool, where she can relax and take the weight off her feet.

2) Massage

Massage is a wonderful way to alleviate the stresses and strains that are placed on a woman's body when she is carrying a child. If you have a close relationship with the mum-to-be (maybe she is your partner or sister) you could offer to massage her shoulders or her feet. The feet are particularly vulnerable during pregnancy due to the extra weight they have to support. A foot scrub and massage with essential oils is a wonderful way to show how much you care. If your relationship is not sufficiently intimate or you would feel uncomfortable doing this, you might consider paying for the mum-to-be to have a session with a specialist in pregnancy massage instead.

3) Pedicure

Why not take your pregnant friend or sister to a beauty salon where you can both enjoy a pedicure together? For an expectant mother, looking after the feet and toes is a way to maintain some control over the appearance of her body while it is changing all the time. A pedicure will make her feel beautiful, she will enjoy being pampered and you will both have the opportunity to spend some quality time together.

4) Shoes

Health and safety considerations dictate that an expectant mum must be sensible about her footwear, so shoe shopping is a necessity for any pregnant woman. But there are plenty of stylish and practical options, so there is no reason why she can't remain fashionable. Take her out shopping and buy her a pair of pretty sandals or ballet flats. It's always great to have an excuse for shoe shopping!

5) Maternity Wear

Pampering a mum-to-be is about making her feel special and confident in her appearance. It can be hard for a woman to feel elegant when her body is changing by the day. There is a huge range of fashionable and affordable maternity dresses, jeans and tops available nowadays. Spend time shopping with her, finding outfits that make her look and feel beautiful.

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