Meghan Markle: What is a baby shower?

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What will Meghan receive at her baby shower?

Meghan Markle is expecting her first child with Prince Harry in spring this year and, like many expectant parents, it looks like she's celebrating with her friends.

She was snapped in New York heading to what was thought to be her baby shower

But what a baby shower is all about?

What is a baby shower?

A baby shower is traditionally a party held for a pregnant woman shortly before she's due to give birth.

Often this is for her female friends and family, though some people might have it after the baby is born or invite both male and female guests.

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Baby showers can be big or small events, and have become really popular in the UK over the last few decades

It's not known exactly when people started celebrating baby showers.

Throughout history and around the world, there are lots of ways people celebrate a new baby with different traditions.

The modern idea of a baby shower in the UK comes from the US where it first became popular.

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Sometimes it's called a stork party because people often said babies were brought by a type of bird known as a stork

Like lots of parties, friends and family are invited and guests bring gifts, often for the new baby or things that will be needed when the baby arrives.

Games are usually played and, of course, there is lots of nice food too!

But perhaps the best bit is that usually the person who the party is for - the mum-to-be - doesn't have to organise it herself. Instead her friends or family plan it and might even make it a surprise for her.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by U17447106

    21 Feb 2019 11:23
    good luck Meghan hope you do have a baby shower
  • Comment number 1. Posted by Hope

    20 Feb 2019 16:19
    Quite Interesting!

    Good luck Meghan!

    Yay First comment!