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Mother's Day is a special day to honor mothers everywhere for their sacrifice, dedication, endless patience and limitless love. Many expecting parents wonder if they should celebrate Mother's Day before their baby is even born. But why not? You are carrying new life and enduring morning sickness, swollen ankles and sleepless nights. If that doesn't make you worthy of a little honor and respect, I don't know what does.

Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. She began holding an organized Mother's Day meeting in Boston, Massachusetts every year. But it wasn't until 1907 when Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the second Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was celebrated in Grafton as well as Philadelphia.

Mr. Jarvis and several of her supporters began to petition ministers, business and community leaders and politicians in their effort to establish a national Mother's Day. In 1910, the governor of West Virginia proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and just a year later every state celebrated it. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May.

So take advantage of your special day and treat yourself to something special - from something as small as a decadent dessert to a full-on day of celebration. And if your partner seems to be stumped and needs some help coming up with a special way to celebrate and honor you this Mother's Day, here are some hints:

  • Spa day - Send her to a local spa for a day of pampering to relieve her aching back, swollen ankles, and pregnancy stress. If this isn't financially feasible, treat her to an at-home spa day. Give her a foot and shoulder massage, then let her relax on the couch with her feet up and a stack of her favorite magazines or DVDs while you cater to her every whim.

  • Couple's Day - If this is your first baby, you only have a few months until finding time to be alone (and awake) together becomes a challenge. Take advantage of this opportunity and arrange to do all your favorite things together. Be sensitive to what she can't do now that she's pregnant, such as riding a bike, and focus on things she can still do and enjoy.

  • Indulge Her - What are her favorite dishes? Is she a choco-holic? Indulge her food fantasies by making her favorite foods or splurging on meals at her favorite restaurants, complete with dessert and treats.

  • The Basics - Who can argue with jewelry? It's a guaranteed hit. Select a meaningful piece, such as a necklace featuring a charm of a baby rattle or baby's feet. Don't forget a huge bouquet of flowers to let her know how much you admire and love her.

  • Pour Your Heart Out - Write her a love letter telling her exactly how much you love her and how excited you are to share with her the adventure that is parenthood.

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at PregnancyWeekly! May this be the first of many!

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