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There's a baby on the way! And you want to give her something to mark the beginning of a new and remarkable phase in her life. Of course she'll appreciate flowers, dinner out, or some other personal indulgence, but consider giving a gift that a mom-to-be would especially appreciate.
An Amazon Prime subscription
She'll think of you every time she needs something yesterday for herself or the baby and it shows up on her doorstep within a day or two, sometimes within hours. Fast, free shipping is so important for new parents, and makes this gift one that will be truly appreciated. As a bonus, umpteen hours of streaming TV, movies, and music is great for maternity leave.
Give her the information she needs with a pregnancy or fetal-development book like spot-on classic What to Expect When You're Expecting, which offers insightful week-by-week accounts of what's happening with her and the baby. And even if she has favorite names in mind already, no mom-to-be can resist thumbing through a baby-name book.
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Help your favorite mom-to-be get a good night's rest with a pillow that supports her back and belly while she sleeps. She'll especially appreciate this gift in the last months of her pregnancy, when lying down becomes increasingly uncomfortable. Pregnancy pillows come in all shapes and sizes, like wedges, full-length body pillows, or C-shaped cushions she can wrap her whole body around.This simple pillow serves many propping purposes and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
Focus on her feet
The extra pounds and hormones that cause feet to stretch during pregnancy can mean achy feet for moms-to-be. Rub her the right way with a foot massager or pamper her with a pedicure. This massager kneads and rolls tired feet, and applies gentle heat, if she wants it.
Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
Hair and skin help
Surging hormones can wreak havoc on a woman's skin and hair during pregnancy. Help her feel beautiful with some luxurious products she might not think to buy for herself. Get her a face scrub, a rich lotion like shea butter or coconut oil to slather on her stretching tummy, moisturizing soaps, shampoo, and exfoliant sponges --and don't forget to throw in some sunblock. Most women are more sensitive to the sun during pregnancy.
Earth Mama Belly Butter
An anti-nausea kit
There's no quick cure for the most common symptom of pregnancy, but you can help her keep morning sickness at bay with a basketful of crackers or other high-carb, bland snack foods like biscuits. Lemons, fresh or candied ginger, peppermint tea, and acupressure wristbands can also alleviate nausea. Many women swear by lozenges like these Tummydrops, which come in soothing peppermint or ginger flavors.
A gift card for whatever she wants
Many new moms would prefer to pick out their own gift, and will appreciate any giver who knows that. Send her a gift card code from her favorite store, or from iTunes or Google Play so she can buy whatever pregnancy or new baby apps she likes -- or stock up on movies, shows, or games to keep her entertained while she’s spending more time at home.
Google Play Gift Card
Don’t forget to check her registry
If you’re not sure what to get her, remember that she may have spelled it out with an online registry. You can check with her to find out where she’s registered, or search on popular registries like Amazon under her name to see if she's there. That way you know exactly what color, size, model, etc. etc., and you’re guaranteed not to go wrong.