Only a mother knows the feeling of a small human being growing inside her belly while developing a life-long bond with those heart beats thudding inside her. That is why we want to congratulate all our patients, both the mothers and the mothers-to-be, this special day, as it is one that is particularly dedicated to them.

When is Mother’s Day 2017?

Mothering Sunday is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent and three weeks before Easter Sunday. That means its exact date varies, and is usually between the second half of March and early April.

This year Mothering Sunday falls on the 26th of March.

What is the difference between Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day?

Actually, there is no difference. Here in the UK we prefer to call this holiday “Mothering Sunday,” although “Mother’s Day” is often used too.

What is Mother’s Day about?

Originally connected to religion and visiting the “mother” church, the date celebration slowly shifted towards more secular holiday now honouring the mothers of children, as well as all mother figures, such as grandmothers and mothers-in-law, and giving them presents. Long time ago, it also included children picking wild flowers on the way to the church to either leave them at church or give to their mothers; but today any gift will do, especially if it honours mothers and celebrates maternity.

In short, Mothering Sunday is a family day dedicated to celebrating mothers, and is popular among the Catholic and Protestant Christians in some parts of Europe, as well as in the US, where it is known as Mother’s Day. Families would often gather for a special holiday meal, usually including a simnel cake and some traditional pastry, such as “Carlings” pancakes made of steeped peas fried in butter, or Mothering Sunday Buns, buns topped with pink or white icing and the multi-coloured sprinkles.

Although the modern world has commercialised this holiday, there is no reason not to give in to the tradition lasting for centuries and paying a tribute to your mother with a small sign of affection. A breakfast in bed, a bouquet of tulips, a hand-written card to mark the occasion, are all good enough to show this special woman in your life how much she means to you. After all, it is not about the amount of money you spend but on the intention of cherishing the family love and affection nobody knows better than mothers.

What about the mothers-to-be?

Mother’s Day is about mothers, but what about those who are yet to become mums? We hope some day they would also be receiving gifts the same way as giving them to their mothers, so we suggest checking your general health condition with well women scans, or learning about the pregnancy scans available, or learning more about fertility treatments, or, finally, about the journey of pregnancy and what to expect while expecting.

To sum up

Knowing your baby’s gender before it is born is a decision that may influence the second half of your pregnancy, but cannot influence your baby’s gender. While many parents prefer not to reveal it, due to the surprise factor and the enjoyment of expectancy, there are many others who cannot wait for the big day and prefer bonding with their baby by referring to it as either a ‘he’ or a ‘she’.

Whatever group you belong to, do not forget to enjoy your pregnancy. Also, learn all about the journey of pregnancy, familiarise yourself with what scans to have and how to take care of yourself while expecting, and, most importantly, remember that the joy of giving a new life is the greatest gift there is. Nobody can take that away from you.

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