Practical Gifts for Pregnant Mamas

As we go into the holiday season, I wanted to put together some gift ideas for pregnant moms. If you or someone you love is pregnant, it can very overwhelming figuring out what products and services are worth the investment. It’s safe to say there are too many products that market to pregnant women,  and many of them are unnecessary (in my opinion!)

I strive to be a medium-level minimalist, so when possible I will take experiences and services over a physical gift, but there is also value in items that have a designated purpose.

Here’s some ideas, most of which I have appreciated from personal experience, or really, really, really wished that I had. Some of these may surprise you 🙂

 

1. Pedicure/ Prenatal Massage Gift Certificate

Seriously, some pampering goes a long way when you’re pregnant. Even though you might not be able to see your toes in the later months, it’s refreshing to know they look good.

 

2. [Adult] Coloring books!

Let’s be honest, the last month, weeks, and days before delivery can feel like forever. An adult coloring book is a great way to destress and ease your mind. There are tons of options out there, but I’m especially intrigued by Blissful Birth: A Pregnancy Coloring Book and The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People because they are specific to pregnancy.  There’s also this Animals Adult Coloring Book and this beautiful Colorful Creations coloring book that has positive affirmations. If you need some really good laughs, there’s always the People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book

3. Doula services

I could talk for days about the benefits and importance of doulas for moms during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Trust me, hiring a doula is worth the money spent!

 

4. Birthing ball

Your pelvic tilt while sitting on a yoga/pilates/birthing ball is optimal during pregnancy, especially during the home stretch when sitting is quite possibly just plain uncomfortable. Also, they really come in handy during labor! ( A doula can help you with this and knows 5011 ways to use the birthing ball during pregnancy and labor : ) ) This one has a foot pump, and from my experience that may make inflating the ball a lot easier than a hand pump.

 

5. Maternity retail gift certificate

Maternity store gift certificates are great, even for postpartum. Honestly, even Target gift cards are great for maternity purchases, and any leftover $$ can be spent on baby items.  Nursing bras for the win!

 

6. Birth affirmation cards

I am a firm believer in the power of birth affirmations to prepare for and use during labor, and they are a great way for moms to boost their confidence during such a vulnerable time. I’m in love with these birth affirmation cards by Renegade Mama and there’s a postpartum support deck and a women’s empowering deck as well. There is also this Law of Radiance Pregnancy Support Deck with lovely affirmations to ease a pregnant mama’s mind.

 

7. Slide on slippers

Towards the end of pregnancy, and especially during the winter months, it can be such a relief to have easy to slide on slippers. I actually went into the hospital with mine on, and they were great to have postpartum as well. I don’t know about you, but I think these slippers looks pretty cozy!

 

8. Pregnancy and Birth Books

I am an advocate for quality information during pregnancy, and if you’re anything like me, I wanted to read ALL of the books about pregnancy/labor/birth while I was pregnant. One book I would recommend to everybody is Birth Partner which is a great read for moms to read along with their birth partner. In my opinion it does a really great job of explaining all of the stages of labor and how the birth team works together in the process. For moms that are interested in unmedicated childbirth, I highly recommend Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth which is full of encouraging birth stories and overall birth information. For a week-by-week pregnancy guide, I cannot say enough amazing things about The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth.

 

9. Subscription Box

Believe it or not, there are actually pregnancy “subscription” boxes, and the individual boxes are available on Amazon. There’s a first trimester boxsecond trimester box, and a third trimester box. Who knew?

 

10. Chore/Around the House Coupons

Seriously, no mom will say no to these. Ever. You can make your own, or you can snag these Knock Knock Mom Vouchers and make them work!

 

Let me know what you think, or if you have anything to add to this list!

 

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