Add Them To Your Wish List!

Being pregnant changes everything about your life, including the types of items that are likely to show up on your holiday wish list. While you might be tempted to fill your list with baby-related paraphernalia (everything from clothing to toys to diaper bags!) don't forget to include a few items for yourself, too. After all, there will be plenty of time to go into martyr mode after your baby arrives! Here are a few ideas.
Ann Douglas

1. Books about motherhood.
Wondering what it's really like to become a mother? Maybe you'll luck out and end up receiving a "memoir" or two over the holidays. Here are two new and noteworthy additions to this exciting new genre: It Could Happen to You: Diary of a Pregnancy and Beyond by Martha Brockenbrough (Andrews McMeel Publishing) -- a humorous and occasionally poignant look at pregnancy and motherhood -- and Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It by Andrea Buchanan (Seal Press) -- a refreshingly frank account of the sometimes tumultuous early months of motherhood.

2. A blank book to use as a pregnancy journal. Don't miss the chance to capture your thoughts and feelings about this amazing time in your life. Plan to keep a pregnancy journal. (Hint: Anyone who wishes to purchase a journal for you as a gift will find ample pickings in the blank book section of any office supply store.)

3. An electric breast pump. If a bunch of family members have indicated that they would like to go in on a group gift for you this year, why not ask if they'd consider contributing towards the cost of an electric breast pump or paying for a short-term rental? If they ask you to suggest a make and model, you might want to consider the Medela Pump in Style? Advanced (www.medela.com) -- a top quality double (two-horned) electric breast pump that is designed to mimic a baby's natural breastfeeding action.

4. A toolkit for your nursery renos. If you've got some major nursery renovations in mind for before Junior makes his grand entrance, but you're a complete newcomer to the whole home reno scene, you may want to add the Barbara K 30 Piece Do It Yourself Toolkit (www.barbarak.com) to your holiday wish list. The kit features all the essentials -- a hammer, a pair of pliers, a screwdriver, a wrench, a measuring tape, a putty knife, and a level, all packaged in an attractive carrying case. Funky and functional.

5. A top quality blender. You may not realize it, but you're about to get into the baby food business in a major way. If you don't already own a decent blender, you may want to ask family members who are looking for gift ideas for you to consider the Oster In2itive blender -- a high-tech model that features preprogrammed settings for baby food. The blender also makes great smoothies -- an added bonus if you're finding it difficult to stomach anything more controversial than bananas and yogurt these days.

6. A high-quality electric toothbrush. You might think it's a bit odd to ask Santa for a toothbrush, unless, of course, you happen to be suffering from pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease during pregnancy). This condition isn't just painful and irritating: it can also be dangerous. Pregnancy gingivitis has been linked to an increased risk of preterm birth. So why not plan to err on the side of caution by being particularly conscientious in the oral hygiene department and adding the Philips Sonicare Advance power toothbrush to your holiday wish list.

7. Comfort kits for labor and beyond. Ready for some heavy-duty pampering? Make sure that Special Deliverease (www.fortyweeks.com) -- a labor comfort kit packed with goodies designed you to cope with whatever challenges Mother Nature throws your way -- and Special Momease -- a new mother comfort kit designed to nurture you through the rollercoaster ride known as postpartum -- find their way on to your wish list.

8. Two-way radios. Two-way radios are more likely to appeal to gadget-worshipping dads, but some new moms swear by them. If, for example, you and your partner are running errands separately at the mall and your baby starts to become fussy, a two-way radio would allow you to communicate to your partner in a quick pitstop at the food court may be in order. Hint: If you'd like to buy one of these gizmos for a guy who is big fan of James Bond-type spy toys, the one to get is XAct Communication's WristLinx wrist radio -- a combo watch and walkie talkie.

9. Something to keep you warm this winter. (Aside from the hormones.) Ask Santa to bring you a copy of either Great Sex for Moms by Valerie Davis Raskin or The Mother's Guide to Sex by Anne Semans and Cathy Winks -- two must-read guides to the sexual lives of mothers.

10. Some pamper-me essentials for your stocking. Some of the truly decadent essentials that might find their way on to your list of pamper-me stocking stuffers include Mossberry Hollow Naturals Milk and Honey Soap or Botanical Pillow Spray (www.mossberry.com) or LUSH's Chai shower gel or Hot Java bath bomb (www.lush.com). Aahhh?. PregnancyAndBaby.com

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