✿ Mother’s Day is celebrated in almost 50 countries worldwide.
✿ Don't forget step mums! 10% of us have one, and she deserves to feel special too.
✿ In most countries and languages, the word for mother begins with ‘m’, because this is usually the first sound a baby articulates.
✿ Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for most restaurants.
✿ More phone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year, though this is decreasing every year as more and more of us turn to email, Skype and other internet-based ways of telling our mums how much we love them.
✿ This is also true of Mother's Day cards - the third most popular kind of greetings card - as increasingly we're sending e-cards.
✿ However, 69% of Brits have admitted to missing at least one Mother’s Day altogether ☹
✿ The largest recorded number of children born to one mother is 69! Between 1725 and 1765 the unknown first wife of peasant Feodor Vassilyev of Russia is reported to have given birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.
✿ Giraffes often give birth standing up, so their babies' first experience outside the womb is a 6ft drop.
✿ The oldest known mum was Rosanna Dalla Corte, who gave birth to a baby boy in 1994, aged 63.
✿ The youngest known mother was Lina Medina of Peru, who was only five years and seven months old when she gave birth to a 6lb boy by a caesarean section on May 14, 1939.
✿ Jayne Bleackley gave birth to two children just 208 days (under seven months) apart which is the World's shortest interval between childbirths.
✿ President Wilson declared Mother's Day a US holiday in 1914.
✿ 72% of women with a child over a year old are working, versus 39% in 1976.
✿ Mother's Day can be tracked back over 2,500 years to the time of the ancient Greeks, when spring festivals celebrated maternal goddesses. Mother's Day as we know it – i.e. Mothering Sunday – dates back to the 1600s in Britain, when it began to be celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday in Lent.