If there’s a mom-to-be in your life, you’ve probably noticed that she has experienced a number of major physical changes in a relatively short period of time.
These changes, combined with the dietary and lifestyle restrictions placed on pregnant women, can make it tough to find a suitable gift for your favorite expectant mom.
Pregnant women should avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarette smoke, certain types of seafood and lunch meat and may suffer from other food and beverage aversions due to morning sickness.
And, physical changes may cause them to go up a shoe size, have trouble with balance or become overheated easily. So, gift-givers should definitely forego the gourmet coffee gift basket, skip the stilettos and rethink the cozy cable-knit sweater for expectant moms.
Because pregnancy may force you to adjust your go-to gift routine for the mom-to-be in your life, we’ve compiled a list of safe, practical options that she is sure to love. Here are our favorites:
1. 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor
The Fetal Heart Monitor by 1790 will allow your favorite expectant mom—as well as dads-to-be and siblings—to hear her baby’s heartbeat anytime, anywhere. The device features the same FDA-approved ultrasound technology used by OB/GYN doctors.
2. New Mom Gift Set by DaveandAthena
Because every new mom deserves some pampering, The New Mom Gift Set by DaveandAthena is handmade and features a floral bath soak, all-natural gentle laundry detergent, mother’s milk nursing tea and Evening Star body butter.
3. Pregnancy Journal by HugsandKissesXO
The “Bump to Baby” journal by HugsandKissesXO will allow the expectant mom in your life to capture the milestones and memories of pregnancy in style. The journal can be personalized and includes 40 pages with colorful illustrations and fill-in prompts.
Price: $60 and up
4. Belly Buds
Lightweight and discreet, Belly Buds allow expectant moms to share voices, soothing music or their favorite tunes with their baby. The package includes a storage pouch, free digital album and an audio splitter so mom and baby can listen together.
5. Maternity Footwear
Aching, swollen feet are a common side effect of pregnancy, so comfortable footwear is a must. Maternity footwear, such as the Piel Pregnancy Shoe, will help expectant moms to stay stylish.
Price: Varies by retailer
6. Snoozle Slide Sheet
If your favorite mom-to-be is experiencing back or hip pain that is common during pregnancy, the Snoozle Slide Sheet will help her get her much-needed rest. The Snoozle will allow her to roll smoothly while minimizing pain and sleep disturbances.
7. Total Body Pillow
Help your expectant mom to get the nighttime support she needs with the Snoogle pregnancy pillow. The Snoogle is designed to follow the natural curves of the body and supports the back, knees, head and belly during sleep.
Price: $30 and up
8. Maternity Workout Clothes
Exercise is great for everyone, and expectant moms are no exception. Comfy, chic maternity workout clothes will motivate your expectant mom to keep moving and stay fit.
9. Organic Prenatal Juice Variety Pack
Bundle Organics offers pasteurized, USDA certified organic juices that are packed with fruits, vitamins and veggies to help expectant moms and their babies to get the nutrients they need.
Price: $18 for variety pack
10. Preggatinis Drink Mix Book
Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be features a selection of liquor-free libations organized by symptom and stage of pregnancy. Recipes feature fresh juices, herbs and garnishes.
Price: $8.99 on Kindle; $12.17 in paperback
11. Push Pack
The Push Pack is a pre-packed hospital bag featuring high-quality natural and organic products with mom in mind.
12. Sea Bands
For expectant moms who are experiencing nausea and morning sickness, Sea Bands provide all-natural, drug free symptom relief. The bands work by applying gentle pressure on an acupressure point in each wrist and are completely reusable and washable.