Nobody ever said being pregnant was easy. After all, you’re growing an entire human body — within your human body. You’re likely tired, maybe it’s hard to move around, and depending on how far along you are, even getting dressed can be uncomfortable at best. All kinds of weird parts of you swell during pregnancy. And then there are those oh-so bizarre pregnancy cravings — plus all the questionable pregnancy “rules” you really don’t actually need to follow. But you know what else is hard? Shopping for a gift for a pregnant mom. Wine is out. Even food-based gifts are risky thanks to morning sickness and food aversions. And due to physical changes, shoes and clothing are pretty much a no-go.
So what gifts for pregnant moms can you buy that will actually be worthwhile and get use? Because pregnant people don’t really need another bath bomb. Sure, that’ll encourage the pregnant person in your life to indulge in some much-needed self-care and pampering. But expectant parents need more than some fancy bath crap. What exactly might they need, you wonder? Products that will make their life — during pregnancy and postpartum — a little bit easier, cleaner, healthier, less stressful, more luxurious…or, you know, all of the above.
So, before you hand your favorite preggo all the scented creams, lotions, potions and oils you come across, check out a few of the gift options ahead to ensure the most pleasant of practical surprises — that they’ll actually use. From the most minimalist diaper bag (scratch that: fanny pack) ever invented to key cleaning items to save their sanity to a few luxe purchases that will make that nesting period so much more inviting, we have the best gifts for pregnant moms of all personalities and stages, right here.
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A version of this article was originally published in December 2015.