These will be great gifts to bless a pregnant mama in your life with. Skip the onesie and get her something she really needs, will use and will be grateful to have. These are my favorite things to use and have during pregnancy and would freak out if someone gave these to me as a gift when I announced my pregnancy. There is a wide range of price options (starting at $11) and every item is under $100.
Oh yes, this belly salve by Motherlove is the first thing on the list! It is a must have for any pregnant mama. A lovely blend of apricot oil, beeswax, shea butter, lavender and chamomile helps to soothe itchy skin and help to prevent stretch marks. Majority of their ingredients are organic and Motherlove is a female owned business too!
I’m not sure what I would do without this nipple cream by Motherlove as a pregnant mama or new mom. Seriously! This cream has turned so many bad days around. You can honestly never have enough of this stuff too. It is for sore, damaged and cracked nipples. Perfect to put on and massage your sore breasts in pregnancy too.
Here is an option for her growing belly that she will sure to be grateful for. The bundle includes the Pregnant Belly Salve and the Belly Oil. I like to personally mix my belly oil with my regular lotion and apply it all over my body and then the belly salve is for the belly and hips – those really itchy spots! Motherlove carries a variety of Prenatal and Postpartum products. I can not recommend them enough, I’m a huge fan! Shop using these links or use code ELLA15 for 15% off your order.
The first thing I recommend when a mama asks how she can prepare for childbirth and feel empowered during her pregnancy is to read this book! Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth was life changing for me. It took me from being afraid of pregnancy and childbirth to feeling empowered and excited to give birth unmedicated and open to any turn my birth may take.
This is a book that I wish I had started reading before giving birth while I was pregnant. I cracked this baby open on the sofa about five days postpartum while nursing my newborn and honestly wish I would have read it sooner. I had planned on wanting to breastfeed and thought I could just learn as I go. Which I managed, but it was stressful. I think every mama that plans to breastfeed should read this before giving birth. Birth is about 1-2 days maybe even a couple hours… postpartum and breastfeeding can be years!
There is nothing cozier than a belly rub with the salve, comfy stretchy pajamas and curling up with a warm cup of pregnancy tea as a prenatal mama. Oh yes I know, add a warm bath in there too in a large soaking tub. Heaven. Pure Heaven. This organic pregnancy tea with raspberry leaf is my favorite one to have on hand by Traditional Medicinals.
Nausea is a common symptom that pregnant mamas experience and there are a couple things you can gift that may help. I’ve seen nausea suckers, ginger candies, Vitamin B6 and magnesium recommended. This Natural Vitality Calm magnesium supplement has been the only thing that has helped me keep nausea at bay and help with my prenatal insomnia. I will gladly save sleep deprivation for when I have a newborn. This stuff has seriously been life changing!
Okay now that we are talking about sleep… every pregnant mama needs a good body pillow or pregnancy pillow. My personal preference is a nice body pillow that looks pretty on your bed and can be used in a variety of ways and keep being used beyond pregnancy. I use several pillows in the third trimester, and like six pillows in postpartum to create a little nursing nest. Pillows in general are just a great gift to give a pregnant mama but this big papa pillow is the king of pillows.
Okay I am seriously obsessed with this Snuggleme organic moon pillow. I love how versatile it is and attractive to look at. You can use this pillow in pregnancy under your knees when your sleeping on your back or in between your knees when you are on your side sleeping. You can also use this for feeding or tummy time sessions when baby is born. It even would look cute in a toddler pillow nest on the floor or in their bed. It will get tons of use at all stages!
Now this gift could be any where from free or no cost to as much as you want to spend on your expecting loved one. Typically in America we host an expecting mother a “baby shower” where we gather together and shower the expecting mother with gifts for baby. I want to challenge this a little bit, because really all babies need is a healthy, happy mother and a warm blanket. If we can shower an expecting mother in love, support and empowerment that is really what she wants and needs. You could do this in a mother’s blessing or traditionally called a blessing way. You could pool money together as a collective group of friends and family to pay for doula services, chiropractic services, frozen meals for baby is here, her home birth or prenatal support or care. The idea here is to come together as women to bless the mama and allow her to feel supported and held in her community. Image from Natural Mama NZ.
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