If you have a friend or loved one in your life who recently found out she is expecting, you might be thinking about celebrating her announcement with a gift!
Don’t waste money on expensive flowers or chocolates though. She has 9 long months ahead of her, and neither option is going to do anything to help her with pregnancy pains or her growing stomach.
Instead, choose a gift that she’ll not only appreciate, but also get plenty of use out of in the coming months.
Keep reading to learn 8 gifts for pregnant women that they’re in desperate need of, whether they realize it or not!
1. Personal Care Products
Pregnancy comes with a whole range of side effects. From swollen, aching feet to stretch marks, a woman’s body goes through many, sometimes uncomfortable, changes.
And long before the new mom announced her pregnancy to the world with a cute Facebook post or a fun gender reveal, she’s been dealing with these changes.
Personal care products that allow the new mom to pamper herself are always a great pregnancy gift idea.
Choose a lotion that helps prevent stretch marks. Gift an organic skincare set that lets your recipient care for her face without putting her baby at risk. You can even buy lotions designed for energizing her tired feet.
2. Pregnancy Pillow
Sleeping through the night isn’t just something she’ll have to worry about when she has a crying infant on her hands.
Adjusting to sleeping with a growing belly proves difficult for many moms. A pregnancy pillow can help with that.
Pregnancy pillows are long, carefully shaped pillows that support the tummy, letting the momma relax in comfort and drift off to a restful sleep.
3. Maternity Clothes
A growing baby bump is a beautiful thing. Not so beautiful is trying to fit into pre-pregnancy clothes.
Help the mom-to-be in your life get comfortable and feel stylish throughout her pregnancy with some new maternity clothes.
Maternity clothing has come a long way since your mom’s nightgown-like shifts. Trendy maternity clothing is now all about bright colors, bold styles, and showing off that beautiful bump.
There is an endless number of options to choose from. You could opt for comfortable clothes for lounging around the house. Or put together a chic outfit she can wear out.
If you’re buying maternity clothes early on in the pregnancy, you’ll want to give her something that she’ll be able to wear for more than a few weeks.
Loose dress, drapey cardigans, and comfortable, stretchy sweatpants will all still fit even as the baby keeps growing.
4. Keepsake Journal
If you’re buying a gift to celebrate the new mom’s pregnancy announcement, there is one unique gift that she’s sure to love.
A keepsake journal is meant to be filled out during the length of a woman’s pregnancy. It guides the new mom, helping her record everything about her pregnancy. It includes questions about her pregnancy, making guesses about the baby’s traits, and recording special memories.
The book is designed to not only be a gift for mom, but also a fun keepsake to share with the baby when they are old enough to understand.
5. A Photo Session
While there are plenty of material gifts that make great pregnancy gift ideas, nothing beats the gift of a lasting memory.
Giving the gift of a maternity photo shoot will give the new mom a chance to capture memories of her pregnancy she’ll treasure forever.
It’s also a great chance for the leading lady to be the center of attention. After all, she is spending 9 long months bringing a baby to term, so she certainly deserves it!
Read more about why maternity photos are such a great investment here.
6. Subscription Boxes
The best gifts for pregnant women are those that help them get excited about their pregnancy and feel more comfortable through the tough days.
Subscription boxes do both and give the mom-to-be an exciting delivery every month or trimester of her pregnancy.
There are tons of pregnancy-themed subscriptions to choose from.
For the organic-loving momma, Ecocentric Mom delivers a box of eco-friend products like lotions and snacks each trimester. They also have a new baby box full of organic and eco-friendly items like bottles, wipes, and toys.
Bump Box is another popular choice. Starting at $35 a month, their monthly box of goodies include at least 4 full-size products, specifically chosen for how far along the mother is at that time.
7. Comfy Slippers
Help the leading lady rest those tired, swollen feet by gifting her the perfect pair of slippers.
Choose a cushioned, soft pair for maximum comfort.
It’s also a good idea to choose a pair with a solid, non-slip bottom. As she gets closer to her due date, the added weight can leave the momma-to-be off balance. The last thing you want to do is cause her to slip and fall on a slick floor.
8. A Stylish Diaper Bag
You’re probably buying tons of gifts for the baby, even long before he or she gets here. That’s why most of the gift options on this list are designed to be gifts for the mom, rather than the baby.
But this is one gift that both will get plenty of use out of.
A stylish diaper bag is a great way to let the mom-to-be know that you don’t think she’ll lose her fashion sense even though she’ll be busy with a newborn.
While style is important, you will want to make sure that you choose a practical bag if you want her to actually get some use out of it.
Choosing the Perfect Gifts for Pregnant Women
Now that you have a few ideas for choosing the perfect gifts for pregnant women, it’s time to get shopping.
While you’re at, you might as well start shopping for the perfect baby shower gift as well. Before you do, be sure to check out this guide to baby shower etiquette to make sure that you choose the right gift and show up to the party prepared!