09 February 2015

5 Safe Valentine's Day Activities for Expectant Mothers

For couples in the first throes of romance, Valentine's day often means romantic treats, dinner dates and the giving of very personal gifts. However, for couples expecting a baby, St Valentine's day is often written off as something that is for the young and free. However, these five Valentine's Day activity ideas prove that romance can blossom during a pregnancy when the big day arrives. 




1. A Maternity Photo-Shoot
Most young couples will wait until their little bundle of joy arrives before thinking about taking some quality photographs, but a pregnancy is part of the journey towards parenthood, and it should be savoured. A romantic way to share a pregnancy with your partner this Valentine's Day is with a maternity photo-shoot. Professional photographers often offer special packages for expectant couples, which sometimes include themed clothing and various backdrops - for a selection of photos that will capture this magical time in your life forever. 


2. Antenatal Classes
Antenatal classes allow mums and dads to both take an active role in pregnancy together - as a team. And part of being in a team involves an emotional, tactile connection, which is why attending a class on Valentine's Day makes perfect sense. As well as being given practical advice and tuition on what to expect during pregnancy, childbirth and the early weeks of parenthood, an antenatal class teaches breathing and stretching exercises that require the input of a partner. This is a great way for two people to share in one of the most momentous events of life. 

3. Private Pregnancy Scans
Most mums-to-be in the UK only have two ultrasound scans during their pregnancy, but some healthcare providers recommend that five scans are carried out at different stages of a baby's development. As well as the dating and anatomy scan that most expectant mothers will have, it is possible to have scans for combined screening tests and growth checks. However, an ideal Valentine's Day activity for an expectant couple involves having a 3D scan, which provides the first detailed glimpse of a baby parents will get. And what is more romantic than a loving couple setting eyes on their child for the very first time?

4. Make a belly cast
Using plaster of Paris or a specialist clay, there are some sculptors and specialist services that will take a perfect cast of a baby bump, which can then be transformed into a striking plaque or sculpture for posterity. Not only will this leave you and your partner with a lasting reminder of the experience you shared, making the cast will be lots of fun on Valentine's Day.

5. Enjoy a Date Night
It may sound simple, but few things are as romantic and rewarding as cooking a nutritious and tasty meal with the person you love. Have some playful food fights, and enjoy a candlelit meal afterwards. And when the last of the after-dinner mints have been eaten, finish off the evening with a movie marathon featuring pregnancy-related movies. 


It is very important that expectant couples keep the romantic flame burning throughout pregnancy. By making an extra special effort to spend quality time together on Valentine's Day, you and your partner can revel in the joy that goes hand in hand with expecting a baby.


What gifts would you recommend for mums-to-be?


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27 comments :

  1. some really nice ideas, 9 weeks to go for me, we have decided to take the kids out for the day

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  2. I wish I had made a belly cast. I dont even have a photo of me expecting!

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  3. What lovely ideas - it's certainly easier to have date night before becoming parents!

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  4. Some different gifts here, which makes a change from chocolate and wine, which obviously you have to be careful with when pregnant. I like the idea of a date night, especially if the hubby takes me out or cooks for me.

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  5. love these ideas Emma and think the photoshoot one is brill! i so wish we had done this with ours

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  6. Aw lovely ideas and great things to do as a couple - sometimes it can feel that everything is just focused around the mum-to-be so it's nice to read great suggestions both can enjoy.

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  7. I love the idea of a photo shoot but they're all great ideas :)

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  8. Great post, and I wish I had done a lot of these such as the belly cast and the photo shoot when I was pregnant as it goes so quickly :)

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  9. Fabulous ideas and something that they can look back on and remember

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  10. I think a date night is a good one because once that baby has arrived it will be a while before you can do that or get alone time :0)

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  11. Great ideas here, I'd have loved a private scan when I was pregnant

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  12. some lovely ideas , im happy to say im not expeciting but if i wee the belly cast would be my first option x

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  13. Such great ideas. Lovely to have lots of keepsake things x

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  14. Definitely take photos of your pregnant tummy! I have hardly any photos like that but I wish I'd taken more so that I can show my kids what I looked like!

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  15. I wish I'd have made a belly cast when I was pregnant, I'm not sure what I'd have done with it though, I was massive! :D xxx

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  16. I so wanted a 3d scan

    Never going to happen now sadly

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  17. Great ideas. When I was pregnant I loved having my hair done and manicures and pedicures too.

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  18. Wish I had had a belly cast done, cannot believe how huge i was

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  19. I wish I had had a belly cast done too - be such a cool reminder - lord knows where I would put it though!

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  20. I never got round to doing a private scan or a belly cast but I did do a Boudoir Photo Shoot and even went to the expense of turning it into an album with FYEO (for your eyes only) - I still look at it now and treasure it. These are all great ideas for the Mum to Be x

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  21. Some nice ideas here. I've been pregnant once over Valentines, and it was extra special because it was the day we found out the sex. Our middle child was a result of Valentines day celebrations!

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  22. This is a really lovely post, even though I am not pregnant, I would love most of these x

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  23. I regret so much that I never managed to ave a belly cast :( I was immense in both pregnancies but it would've been a nice memory :(

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  24. I made a belly cast of my third pregnancy - love it!

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  25. Great ideas! I think taking a weekly photo is a fab idea. I wish I'd have had a cast made of my belly when I was pregnant.

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  26. These are prefect ideas lovely.
    I was pregnant with Hayden during valentines - I can't even remember what we did LOL
    Thanks for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

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  27. I'm so glad Tom came on anti-natal classes with me, he even went to a pregnancy yoga session with me bless him! x

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