Still need gift ideas for the mom-to-be in your life? Here are a few to get you started!
Pregnancy is hell on skin. No lotion is going to magically prevent stretch marks but reducing the dryness and itchiness of slowly expanding skin is so soothing.
These holiday shirts from Mamagama Maternity are just whimsical enough, without being cheesy.
This activity book is hysterical. It includes gems like:
- Mazes: Make it from Your Desk to the Bathroom Without Throwing Up
- Lists: How to Register Without Crying
- Journaling: Yoga Teachers (Also Your Mom Friends, Your Parents, People on Facebook, All Articles, and Everyone You Meet) Want to Tell You How to Give Birth, But You Don’t Have to Listen
- Quizzes: Which $1500 Stroller is Different?
There is a good reason the Snoogle shows up on every pregnancy gift list. It’s magic. It does tend to steal all the bedspace but consider that preparation for after the baby arrives.
These are really gorgeous shoes that are crafted by unicorns somewhere and they are surprisingly comfy. Plus, they make you look pulled together even when you aren’t. They have a cult-like following – just type #teiks on Instagram and Oprah loves these shoes. OPRAH!
Pregnancy hurts. Joints are moving, muscles are stretching, and basically she’s growing a human inside herself. She may be stressed about all the upcoming changes. A massage will help all of those issues.
This is hands-down my favorite bra of all time. It is buttery soft and underwire free. It has removeable liners, which provides a great place to hide some extra nursing pads. Bravado includes a kit to convert it into a regular bra when the nursing days are over.
Being pregnant does not mean you have to resort to unflattering granny pajamas. These cozy pjs from Belabumbum work for both pregnancy and nursing and come with a matching newborn outfit.
There is a lot of “in between” time during pregnancy. The time when your pants are tight but maternity pants are too big. When your bra is strained but you don’t want to buy a new one before the baby gets here. These make great stocking stuffers and are useful postpartum as well.
You may not know the many uses of the beloved exercise ball. During pregnancy, it can be a great relief to aching hips. Certain stretches can help turn a malpositioned baby. I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t have survived the newborn stage without one (or three). We would strap our babies into a carrier and bounce them to sleep. Every damn night. For months.
Bellies are heavy and pull all sorts of body parts out of whack during sleep. This helps little wedge-shaped pillow reduces that gravitational effect.
It takes a lot of H20 to grow a baby and even more to nurse one.
Both pregnancy and the postpartum period lack much in the way of elegance but a great photographer can help glam it up a little.
Have I mentioned that pregnancy hurts?
Back before I had kids I had time to write down the details of every pregnancy milestone. We should buy more pregnancy journals to help assuage the guilt of the half-complete baby book.
Let’s face it, the only way introverts make it through the office holiday party is with a steady infusion of alcohol. Hopefully, these mocktail recipes will at least give the handfeel of a glass of cold courage.
Okay, socks don’t sound too sexy but some compression socks come in some really fun patterns. Plus, they are fantastic to wear during pregnancy as I’ve explained in my Compression Socks During Pregnancy: Feel the Awesome post. If you buy these, you should also offer to help her put them on.
Give her the frame with her ultrasound picture in it for Christmas and she can fill it in with the rest later.
Harmony Ball is traditionally used in Bali and Mexico. Pregnant woman wear it on a long necklace during their pregnancy so the gentle chime soothes the baby in the womb as the mother moves. After the baby is born, mom wears it on a shorter necklace, that it can be played with by the baby while nursing. It had believed to be extra soothed by the sound because he/she associated it during the time in the womb.
Big box baby stores make a killing on gliders but I honestly think recliners are the way to go. The flexibility of being able to rock, put your feet up, and have a plush place to rest your arms is great. It may not be the prettiest thing on the planet, but you just know this would quickly become ‘the good chair’ in most households.
This handy gadget may look a little like a hybrid plant hanger and torture device but at least it doesn’t look like a vibrator.
So there you have it, some practical, some fun but what do you think? Anything else you would add to the list?