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Baby showers: how far along should you be?

By Ella Walsh

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Congratulations, you're having a baby! And now that your baby bump is growing, why not have a baby shower so you, your family and your friends can celebrate your upcoming birth?

When to plan a baby shower

Baby showers can be held at any time in pregnancy, though they are most commonly held early in the third trimester - somewhere around 32 weeks.

This is to ensure that mums-to-be are well past the 'danger' period of early pregnancy but not so far progressed that there's a real threat that of going into labour on the day of the baby shower, and have to cancel it last minute.

Baby showers are all about - you!

As an expectant mum you want to be able to enjoy your baby shower - it is all about you, after all - and the later the baby shower is held, the higher the chance is that you'll be feeling physically uncomfortable and less able to get into the swing of the event or participate in any baby shower games that have been planned.

When to throw a baby shower

Baby showers held in the last weeks of pregnancy can also have the unfortunate side-effect of unsettling guests - and when baby moving makes you twinge or grimace, guests can become concerned that labour is imminent!

Baby showers planned for early third trimester allow you to get the most enjoyment out of your special baby shower day, you won't feel as giant or uncomfortable, and your shower guests won't be worried that any excitement will kick off labour early.

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