Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:00 AM
Maintaining friendships can be tough once you’ve entered mommyhood. Ironically, friendships are often what moms need to stay sane, happy and healthy.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a pal who keeps you grounded, put in a little extra effort to show her you appreciate her friendship – especially when she’s pregnant! Your friend probably won’t ask, but your help will be invaluable as her due date rolls around. Here are some simple things you can do to make her life a little easier – at least until the newborn crying kicks in.

Make a meal

When you’re feeling great, making a meal isn’t a big deal. But when your ankles are swollen, your belly is growing and your heartburn is kicking in, cooking is the last thing you want to do. When you offer to make a meal (or three), an obvious sense of relief will flash across your pregnant friend’s face. No need to get fancy. Stick with tried-and-true recipes that are simple but tasty. Maybe even pick up a pint of your friend’s favorite ice cream for dessert!

Grocery run

How often do you quickly run to the store for a gallon of milk, diapers or juice boxes for lunch? Most moms make regular trips to the grocery store, but when you’re pregnant, this simple task seems like a huge chore. The next time you make a grocery run, give your favorite mom-to-be a call to see if she’s low on anything. Chances are, she’ll take you up on the offer and give you a great big hug in exchange.

Snag a deal

If your inbox is full of "special offers" from discount sites like Groupon, Living Social or Plum District, check them out with your pregnant friend in mind. You may not have time for that mani/pedi, but if the price is right, snag a deal and pass it on. Look for offers that will appeal to her such as salon services, house cleaning, massages, baby gear, photography sessions or personalized stationary (baby announcements!).

Free babysitting

If your pregnant friend has other children, caring for them is probably the most exhausting thing she does every day. After all, chasing a toddler or a preschooler is infinitely more difficult when you can no longer see your feet. Give her a break by offering to take care of her other kids. Even an hour of silence will be appreciated. Whether you set up a board game, put in a movie or bake cookies with them, your friend will truly value some time to herself and she’ll love you even more.

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Topics: friendship