Do you have a friend or family member that is newly expecting? Then you'll want to check out our list of 7 thoughtful gift ideas for expectant moms.
It's an exciting time when you get the first positive pregnancy test. Being an expectant mom can be an overwhelming time too.
Getting thoughtful gifts during your pregnancy is a wonderful thing. It helps the expectant mom know that she's not alone and gives her support and guidance she may not even know to seek out.
While it has been over 6 years since I've been pregnant myself, I remember those days like they were yesterday. Here I'm sharing my list of gift ideas for expectant moms. Any or all of them would make a great gift for a mom-to-be.
Anti-Nausea Suckers and Bracelets
Morning sickness can be a real drain. While I never actually threw up when I was pregnant, I was nauseous all day every day for months with my first daughter. It wasn't quite as bad the second time around.
Acupressure bands are another great, natural choice for controlling nausea. They are simple bracelets that use the acupressure points on your wrists to sooth upset tummies.
Second Hand Maternity Clothes
I think receiving second hand maternity clothes was my single favorite pregnancy gift. Maternity clothes can be so expensive and you only wear them for a few months. My sister gifted me with all of her maternity clothes when I was pregnant and it was such a huge blessing.
If you have any extra maternity clothes lying around, offer to let your friend or family member take all of them or sort through and choose what they like. Just ask that they pay it forward and pass them along to another expectant mom when she's done with them.
If you don't have any second-hand maternity clothes to gift, another one of the wonderful gift ideas for expectant moms is a gift card for a maternity clothes store. It's a real treat for a mom whose growing belly doesn't seem to fit into anything “nice” anymore to go buy herself something new to wear.
When that baby belly starts to grow, sleeping can become quite difficult. I had a couple of different maternity pillows when I was pregnant and I don't think I would have survived without them. I don't think my husband quite enjoyed how much room they took up in bed, but they allowed me to get the rest I needed to grow that baby in my belly.
Different maternity pillows are designed for different functions. Some prop your growing belly up. Others go between your legs to help you keep proper posture so you can rest easier. Any new mom would be grateful for one of these treasures.
Belly Oil or Butter
I can't tell you how much belly oil and belly butters I slathered all over my growing tummy while I was pregnant. While it didn't prevent me from getting stretch marks (I did gain 61 pounds with my first!), it did help keep my stretched skin from becoming dry and itchy.
Herbal teas are another one of the great gift ideas for expectant moms. You can find formulas that are great for easing nausea, soothing heartburn and relaxing mom-to-be so she can rest easier.
Further into the pregnancy, red raspberry leaf tea can be great at helping to strengthen and prepare your body for birth. Just make sure you're only drinking that one in the final trimester.
What to Expect When You're Expecting
When I first found out I was pregnant, I started reading books for new moms. One book I think all moms end up reading is What to Expect® When You're Expecting. This resource has just been updated in a brand new 5th edition.
The latest edition offers a fresh perspective with up-to-the-minute information and advice. It still features the same friendly, reassuring voice that has made the book a bestseller for decades.
If you haven't read it before, it answers every question expecting parents may think to ask. It also presents solutions for every symptom of pregnancy and the postpartum period. And the new edition brings Dad into the book as well, which is a great update.
We know how fast medical recommendations change, and the new edition of What to Expect® When You're Expecting is completely updated with the latest medical information. It even includes all of the info expectant moms need to know about the Zika virus.
There is even an entire section dedicated to Pregnancy Eating. Some of the interesting sections in this chapter are:
- The safety of so-called superfoods from hemp to spirulina to green powders
- Eating trends, including raw, fermented and Paleo
- What to know about GMOs, making sense of organic and biodynamic, grass-fed and free-range, conventional and locally grown
- The latest recommendations about eating peanuts (and other allergenic foods) while pregnant, fish safety and sugar substitutes, as well getting enough vitamin D
Another chapter that really stood out to me was the one on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. I think most expectant moms don't realize how up and down their emotions will be when they're pregnant, so it's good to read up on that topic.
Some sections in this chapter you may want to check out are:
- Pregnancy depression, panic attacks, and anxiety disorder
- Managing stress
- Safety of antidepressants
- Postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD
- Dad’s mood swings and depression, during pregnancy and postpartum
Next time you have a friend or family member who's expecting, pick up a copy of What to Expect® When You're Expecting for them.
These are just a few gift ideas for expectant moms.
What other gift ideas for expectant moms would you add to this list?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.