How to Support a Pregnant Friend [9 Special Gifts]
Being pregnant is one of the most joyous times of a woman’s life, but it can also be quite taxing, both physically and emotionally. Little gifts will lift her spirits now and then, but you can get a big bang for your buck when your pregnancy gift ideas are also practical. Help pave the way to Baby Day with these gift ideas for pregnancy.
1. Maternity Clothes
If you’ve experienced pregnancy, you probably have some tried and true favorite clothing items that you wore regularly. Take your friend shopping for maternity clothes and point out items that she may not otherwise have thought to purchase. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Check out some thrift stores or consignment shops. They even have online maternity clothes consignment shops.
2. Grab N Go
It’s a simple concept, right? You drop something on the floor; just reach over and pick it up. Well, not so easy when that baby bump is full-on in the way. Grabber reaching tools help with those “hard to pick up” items. They are great for reaching the remote when you are comfy in your recliner or grabbing that bag of chips that’s just a wee bit out of reach.
3. Pregnancy Shoes
Your pregnant friend will need no-tie shoes that she can slip into but still have support and stability. Slippers and flip-flops don’t work in the middle of winter, and she will want a good athletic shoe to keep up with her daily exercise. No-bending hands-free supportive shoes are great gift ideas for pregnancy.
4. Pools of Paradise
Those babies can be rascals, even in utero. They kick and punch and sometimes just all-around make Mom not feel so hot. Many pregnant women find relief by floating in a body of water, like a pool, a lake, or the sea. Body temperature water can aid in relaxation, and by feeling weightless and removing pressure points, mama’s joints and skin and entire body can heal for a while. Consider getting them a membership at a local pool or YMCA.
5. Pillowy Snuggles
You poll pregnant ladies, and almost every woman will tell you that one of the things they could not do without is their snuggly maternity body pillow. Great big “boyfriend” pillows can work, but the best maternity pillows are C-shaped or U-shaped. This allows Mom to put part of it between her legs, rest the baby bump on top, and comfortably cuddle and cradle her neck at the top. Your friend will love you for this pregnancy gift idea.
6. Morning Mayhem
A Pregnancy Care Package can help queasy Moms get through those tough times of morning sickness or give them a hearty and healthy gift box to enjoy. Chicken noodle soup and rolls just shouts, “Comfort!” You can also help her feel better with these great gift boxes:
You can also put together a great DIY gift basket filled with soda crackers, ginger bites, ginger ale, white soda, peppermints, peppermint gum, and other nausea-reducing treats. Add some Sea Bands, a nice sleep mask to help block out headache-inducing light, and a pair of comfy socks, and hopefully, you can give them a bit of a respite from nausea and discomfort.
7. Massage Therapy
Carrying all that extra baby weight up front can put a lot of strain on mama’s back and all of her muscles. After their first trimester, find a therapist specializing in maternity or prenatal massage. They will use safe techniques and pregnancy-specific tables with cushioning spots and support for that baby belly.
Prenatal massage can help to relieve:
- Joint pain
- Leg cramps
- Swelling of hands and feet
- Sinus congestion
8. Chiropractic Care
The baby (or babies!) is rumbling and tumbling, kicking and carrying on, so staying in alignment while pregnant can be near impossible. As with massage, find a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal services. It is incredible how much pain can be relieved with regular chiropractic care.
A woman’s hormones are going crazy during pregnancy, and regulating her body temperature can be quite challenging. Give your friend a few different fans. They can be as simple as handheld folding ones that can fit in a purse, or you can find battery-powered ones that can also spritz water. These little items will help her keep her cool during hot moments.
Curb the Cravings
Better yet, indulge those cravings. Give your pregnant friend a monthly gift of a gift box from Spoonful of Comfort. Switch it up from pies to soup, tea to cookies. Have it delivered to her door, or take it yourself and share it with her for some Mommy/BFF time. Spoonful of Comfort makes every day special.