Baby shower depends on the community the family belongs to. Somewhere it is celebrated when the mother completes the seventh month of pregnancy, somewhere it is at the end of the eighth month and somewhere people choose not to have a baby shower at all, instead having a ceremony after the baby’s birth.
The ritual is practiced differently in different parts of the country, but the actual essence of a baby shower is to bless the unborn baby and her mother with lots of good wishes and gifts.
In some families the pregnant mother is anointed with special oils, dressed up in traditional saree. A puja is also performed before this ceremony.
This is a ceremony to be attended by only women. This may accompany a lot of singing, dancing and some amount of teasing. It may include games like guessing the baby’s gender by the size of the pregnant mother’s belly or deciding names for the baby.
It is a good occasion for the family to jointly celebrate the pregnancy.
You may have to meet a lot of people and talk to everyone to socialise with them. It may be a bit tiring so take adequate rest before the ceremony.
Choose a saree or salwar kameez that is comfortable for you and is suitable for the season. Do not overdress. Keep things simple, yet beautiful.
In your baby shower, you may be offered a lot of food and some of those might be unhealthy. Try to eat only small portions and avoid eating if you are full.
You can offer small token as return gifts to those who are attending your baby shower like dupattas, bangles, bindis, cosmetics, etc.
Your baby shower is a good opportunity to meet friends and relatives. They can actually be your support group after the baby is born and you are coping with the needs of the baby and your post-pregnancy blues at the same time.