Gift Ideas For The Expectant Mother

By: Amy Foster

Many gift ideas are out there for the expectant mother. However, some different gift ideas are often not included as typical shower gifts. If you would like to offer a unique gift for someone that you know is expecting, you might want to choose something from the following ideas.

Many times, laboring mothers are given Pitocin, a drug that enhances contractions to make labor move along. Unfortunately, Pitocin creates water retention, as if any woman needs more of that. With feet and ankles up to two or three times bigger than usual, the mother's normal slippers will not fit comfortably. Consider a shower gift of one size larger comfortable slippers that have a rubber sole for good traction. Being able to wear these during the uncomfortable swelling will be a life saver to the new mom and well worth it that she might not wear them afterwards.

The duration of the pregnancy can be quite stressful. With hormones fluctuating, emotions may go up and down rather rapidly. To help relieve tension, you might want to give the expectant mother a day out to relax. You could give her a gift card for a pampered day at a spa, or a gift certificate to her favorite shopping spot, or maybe you could take her to a movie and dinner. Anything that lets the expectant mother to forget about her worries even for just an hour will help her to relax.

Another helpful idea is a housekeeping service. Most pregnancies take their toll on the woman making her extremely tired, especially during the first three months. She may also be battling morning sickness and many visits to the bathroom. Having someone to come in temporarily to help clean the house could ease the expectant mother's workload and allow her to get the rest she needs. This would be a most appreciated and remembered gift.

Through forty weeks of pregnancy and carrying the extra weight, mom's feet and legs are sure to become fatigued. An excellent gift idea might be a massaging footbath. With nodes to massage and water jets to soothe, the mother-to-be can leave the aches of the day and then store the footbath until she needs it again. Any expectant mother would love this gift, especially if she works all day, too.

Another gift idea that will make mom feel special is loungewear designed for pregnant women. Many women only have oversized jogging pants and t-shirts that may make them feel less than pretty. Maternity loungewear is not only comfortable, but it is attractive as well, making mom feel less frumpy. Many also have breastfeeding flaps so that she can continue to use them after the baby is born. Most people direct their shower gifts toward the baby, but mom might appreciate a unique gift that has her in mind.

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