Nourishing new life in your growing belly is a round-the-clock job that isn’t for the faint of heart. From dealing with occasional-turned-frequent discomfort to certain lifestyle adjustments in order to keep baby healthy (see ya, sushi and wine!), expectant mamas deserve to be treated extra special this holiday season. So, whether she’s anxiously awaiting her first or her fourth bundle of joy, here’s what she really wants this year. (Adapted from the want-need-wear-read gift-giving strategy for those in the throes of pregnancy.)
Comfort is key for expectant mamas, and you can’t really go wrong with something super soft and cozy! The UGG women’s sling-back slipper ($100) is akin to walking on a fluffy cloud, and the no-slip bottoms will be perfect for strolling the halls of the maternity ward during labor. Pair them with the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe ($118), a women’s cult classic featuring the softest fabric. And finally, ensure a restful night’s sleep (or nap!) with the Leachco Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow ($70) that supports her from every angle.
You can’t ever go wrong with snacks! Amazon offers a variety of yummy snack boxes and care packages ($23), or go the gourmet route and quench her cravings for sweets with artisan chocolates from Bonnie & Pop ($35). And to help combat nausea and upset tummies, ginger-infused Tummydrops ($11) can be especially soothing and make for a great stocking stuffer!
Stretching bellies can get tight and uncomfortable, which often equals dry, itchy skin. A smoothing body butter with nourishing shea butter and vitamin E can help (and possibly help reduce the appearance of stretch marks). Consider Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter ($10), also available in a Burt’s Bees gift set ($35) with body oil and foot cream. Amp up her self-care routine with magnesium-based bath salts by Pink Stork ($23), which can aid in relieving those common pregnancy aches and pains. An adjustable Pregnancy Support Maternity Belt ($40) can also help alleviate lower back pain by supporting the lumbar and abdominal regions.
#ShopLocal bonus: A pre-packed birth bag by Belly & Bag (starting at $120) takes the guesswork out of what to pack for the hospital when she goes into labor and is all carefully stored in an easy-to-clean nylon weekender bag (that can also double as a diaper bag).
Because she might not have much free time for another 18 years, gift her with something she can enjoy. A clever coloring book ($6) could be relaxing — just don’t forget the crayons! A delicate mama-to-be necklace ($40) or soothing candle ($24) may also make her feel extra special. If all else fails, a gift card to a local spa (the Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers a variety of maternity packages!) — or even a nice uninterrupted nap could be all she really needs.