When you’re expecting your first baby you just don’t know what you don’t know. Thankfully many other moms have been exactly where you are right now and they are prepared to help with their best advice. And, we found them!
From first time mom to be gifts to pregnancy gifts for first time moms, these are all of the items that other moms, dads and caretakers have found to be helpful navigating their way through pregnancy.
So, whether you’re searching for yourself, or for the pregnancy lady or expecting friend in your life, these are the gifts that you’ll want to make sure she has to make the very best experience for her.
Best Gifts for Expecting Moms
All maternity gifts don’t have to be for baby! And, getting gifts for expecting moms is so nice! See my best gift ideas if you want your friend or wife to feel like a star!
In this article I’ve broken down the gifts for pregnant women based on:
- Body: Things that will make her body feel the best
- Mind: Gift ideas that will help keep her calm and organized
- Home: Gift ideas for mom to be that will help her around the house
- Extras: The best gifts for pregnant women that they don’t need but they’ll want!
Body related Pregnancy gifts for first time moms:
1. Shoulder Massager
OK, the lady in your life will LOVE you for this! There’s a reason that this Homedics shoulder massager is number one on my list.
The HoMedics® Cordless SHIATSUTALK™ Voice-Controlled Neck and Shoulder Massager kneads deep to relax and loosen the tightest muscles and will feel amazing after a long day at work or around the house.
She’ll love the voice-control technology that allows for hands-free operation, and a rechargeable battery that makes use of total convenience and portability.
And, to boot, the soothing heat option comforts tired muscles, which pregnant women will LOVE!
High, medium or low speeds give her control of massage intensity, while the reverse feature changes the massage direction.
And, guess what? The dad-to-be will love this pregnancy gift, too!
2. Foot & Calf Massager
So, when your pregnant friend or pregnant wife is carrying around an additional 35-75 pounds her legs and calves are going to hurt!
Give the pregnant mom (and the whole family!) the comfort they need with this HoMedics® Therapist Select 2.0 Foot & Calf Massager.
This massager is like getting a pedicure massage whenever you want – it provides a full-coverage, deep-kneading and invigorating vibration massage experience from calf to toe. She’ll be able to choose from low, medium, or high intensity, as well as 6 unique massage. This will be a gift that will keep giving for years to come – and maybe even a group gift that several friends or family members can go in on.
3. Maternity Pillow
The Leachco Snoogle Original maternity pillow is the pillow that every woman who’s expecting a baby needs in her life! She will sleep better and all every pregnant woman prays for is a healthy baby … and good sleep. Ha!
The Snoogle is uniquely designed to follow the natural contour and shape of an expecting mother’s body from head to toe, giving her the perfect support for sleeping and relaxing.
4. Water Bottle
Staying hydrated when you’re pregnant is really, really important. But, baby brain is a real thing… Help her out by getting her this water bottle that tracks how much she’s drinking. She will love you for taking one more thing off her to-do list (remembering to drink enough water!)
This water bottle is marked with motivational messages (Keep Going! Getting Close!) to remind her to sip her way through two full bottles of H2O per day.
5. One Line a Day Journal
Being pregnant is anything but calming. The Celestial One Line a Day features dreamy celestial watercolor artwork from artist and designer Yao Cheng and shimmering gold foil stars and gilded page edges.
This beautiful 365 day journal will inspire thoughtful daily reflections and become a keepsake record to treasure long after its pages are filled. And, for this reason, it makes a great gift for new parents, friends, family and more!
6. Diaper Bag
The high-quality material, leather accents, stylish neutral design and color scheme in this diaper bag will have any stylish woman ready for her baby!
There is no doubt in my mind that she will LOVE the super large capacity and roomy pockets along with the included changing pad and stroller straps for (literally!) years to come!
7. Muscle Soak
Her muscles and joints are going to ache and she’ll give anything to relieve the pain – that’s how this Free People Milk + Honey Muscle Soak made its way on this article.
This muscle soak is formulated with eucalyptus to ease tension, arnica to soothe tired and achey muscles, organic rosemary to minimize pain and organic sweet marjoram to improve blood flow and speed up recovery. She can add this aromatic soak to her bath to take away the soreness, aches and pains.
8. Nursing Posture Pillow
It’s no secret that the body of a pregnant woman is tested to its core by the amount of stress it’s put under.
The Brest Friend Breastfeeding pillow encourages better posture during breastfeeding, alleviating strain in her back, neck, and arms while she’s feeding baby.
There are other nursing pillows, but this one is king because it encourages great posture.
9. Nipple Cream
The Motherlove Nipple Cream is one of the best! It is unscented, free of lanolin, and does not need to be removed prior to nursing, which will be appreciated by a tired, nursing mama.
A rich oil infusion of marshmallow and calendula, thickened with beeswax and shea butter, helps to soothe the discomfort of chapped, sore nursing nipples.
And, surprise! This nipple cream isn’t just for the breast, it’s great to use as a pump lubricant, for chapped lips, dry skin, and more.
It’s no surprise that it’s received The Bump award for Best of Baby and was a finalist in the What to Expect awards.
10. Nursing Cover with Sewn In Burp Cloth
If the lady in your life plans to breastfeed, she’ll want plenty of nursing covers to cover her and baby up at mealtime. This nursing cover is nice because it allows mothers to easily transition from feeding to burping on top of your shoulder in just seconds.
Bonus: She’ll love that the nursing cover comes with a pouch that perfectly matches the nursing cover and can be used to hold anything from diapers to nursing pads and of course the nursing cover!
11. Magnesium Lotion
This gift set from ElderNHoneyCoGifts is the best for a mama who is feeling nauseous. The specially formulated tea blend helps lessen morning sickness, gas/bloating, heartburn, etc. — Extremely useful in ALL trimesters!
And, the magnesium lotion will also come in handy. This little bottle helps with so many things, mainly noting; morning sickness, muscle cramps, restless leg, hip pain, heartburn and sleep! All of the biggest complaints during pregnancy!
With her set she’ll also get a belly oil to prevent stretch marks made using 100% natural oils.
Sounds pretty relaxing, eh?!?
Mind: Gift ideas for pregnant women that will help keep her calm and organized
1. Motion Sickness Wrist Bands
It’s no fun to always feel like you’re on a boat… and sometimes pregnant ladies do! But, they don’t have to! The Sea-Band Motion Sickness wrist bands are clinically proven to relieve motion sickness and morning sickness.
They work by applying pressure on the Nei-Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud that work to restore balance in the body. No drugs or side effects are associated with this clinically tested product, which mamas will love!
2. Upset Stomach Lozenges
Sometimes pregnant women just feel … yucky. For over 10 years, tummydrops has been the trusted natural approach to your family’s digestive health & upsets.
Tummydrops are recommended by OB Docs and Midwives, Dietitians, GI docs, Nephrologists, School Nurses & more as a natural way to assist with symptoms common in nausea, upset stomachs, motion sickness, morning sickness & for other digestive complaints.
She’ll love having these in her purse, car, diaper bag, kitchen and more!
3. Pants Extender
She’ll be SO happy that she can keep her pants (I promise!)
The Belly belt is the only solution that offers a complete kit, with all you need to turn button-fastening and slide-fastening pants, jeans, and skirts into maternity wear. She’ll get just the right fit for her clothes early in pregnancy, when most maternity clothes are too big and then she can still wear her favorite pre-pregnancy clothes instead of splurging on a whole new maternity wardrobe.
She’ll be saving money and feel more comfortable!
4. External Hard Drive
Wait, what?? Yes! Get the pregnant woman in your life a portable photo backup – this way she can take as many photos of her baby bump ( and then baby!) and make sur they’re safe on a backup.
It will take seconds for her to offload her photos and she’ll be grateful when they’re all in one place down the road – I swear!
5. Baby Wrap & Carrier
When women go on maternity leave they want to get stuff done around the house, but they also want to be with baby – and they should be able to get both of their wishes, right??
They can! With the Baby K’tan Baby Wrap baby wearing is made easy!
Baby K’tan baby wrap is quick and easy to wear – no rings, belts, buckles or excess fabric to cause frustration. She’ll just slip the infant carrier sling over her head like a t-shirt and put baby in – easy as pie!
Plus, what’s nice is this carrier is made from a breathable hi-tech performance fabric, so it wicks away moisture and sweat to keep both parent and infant cool and comfortable in warm weather.
6. Dated and Lined Book Journal
This beautifully designed One Line A Day Journal is an easy way to record funny, loving, sad, happy or poignant moments in life. It contains 365 pages, 6”x9”, each with five separate lined areas allowing you to write down and revisit your most precious memories. Whether as a thoughtful gift or a journal for yourself, the pages are ready and waiting to be filled.
7. Sculpted Baby Carrier
Some moms like the set position of the Ergobaby Baby Carrier which is another super highly rated baby carrier. The adjustable bucket seat supports baby in a natural “M” position facing in or out in all carry positions as baby grows.
She’ll be able to use this until baby is 33 pounds, or almost three if they can take it!
More pluses for this carrier: It allows for easy breastfeeding, machine washable and includes UPF 50+ tuck away hood to protect baby from sun and wind.
These also go on sale at Zulily here often so check for a deal!
8. Video Baby Monitor
There is no mom in the world that wouldn’t choose a video baby monitor over a non-video baby monitor!
This monitor was chosen because is light-weight and portable, designed for true mobility around the house. She’ll love that the camera has features that let it pan/tilt/zoom and interchangeable lens.
9. Relaxing Table Lamp
Creating a relaxing environment is going to be so amazing. Because a baby crying is everything but relaxing. This Moon Phase lamp is a cylindrical ceramic table lamp decorated with moon phase cutouts that send beams of glowing light through her space.
10. Preggie Pop Drops
One reviewer says this about Preggie Pop Drops: “I suffered from nausea so bad I was vomiting 3-4 times a day and constantly at the ER for and IV these have really helped me and the flavors aren’t gross. My favorite are the pink and green ones! Love these while pregnant! Perfect size, they work and delicious”
11. What to Expect When You’re Expecting Paperback Book
America’s pregnancy bible “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” answers all her baby questions – and new moms have a lot of them – and some that they don’t even know that they had until they had them!
- When can I take home a pregnancy test?
- How can I eat for two if I’m too queasy to eat for one?
- Can I keep up my spinning classes?
- Is fish safe to eat? And what’s this I hear about soft cheese?
- Can I work until I deliver? What are my rights on the job?
- I’m blotchy and broken out—where’s the glow?
- Should we do a gender reveal? What about a 4-D ultrasound?
- Will I know labor when I feel it?
12. Maternity/Nursing Pajamas
Mamas need sleep before baby comes yet, it’s not always the easiest thing to find. Helping the mom to be get the most comfy as possible will be a very welcome gift!
And, she’ll feel beautiful in these pajamas, too so that’s a bonus!
It simply does not get cozier than this super-duper soft and fuzzy hooded robe and any woman would love this, especially a mama who’s pregnant.
And while it’s brilliant for any lounge day, it’s especially awesome during those early newborn days at home. Pack this one in your hospital bag.
Home: Gift ideas for mom to be that will help her around the house
1. Echo Show
Technology never hurt any new parents and the Echo Show brings so much to a home. The Echo Show has a smart display with Alexa to answer all the things, manage calendars, make to-do lists, get weather and traffic updates, and even recipes.
She can watch movies, news, and TV shows while rocking or feeding baby or listen to songs, radio stations, and audiobooks.
Voice control compatible devices for calling (perfect for any mom whose hands are full) or manage them using the display.
2. A Good Coffee Mug for Just Her
No one can take this one! This Mama Bear mug is printed and pressed (NOT made using vinyl) so it can go in the dishwasher and microwave (phew!)
FRIEND TIP: Never give a new mom anything that is handwash only!
3. A Celebratory Wine Glass
I mean, this wine glass is pretty self-explanatory right??
4. Mixology Book for Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas Paperback
Things move quickly in the cocktail fast lane―but slow to a crawl when pregnancy kicks in, right?? Correct.
But, not with the Preggatini’s Mocktail Book!
Right? Wrong! Even when sporting a “baby bump,” modern moms can stay in the social swing of things with Preggatinis, featuring lip-smacking, liquorless libations designed by master mixologist Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, aka “The Liquid Muse.”
This book has 75 non-alcoholic fun drink ideas!
5. Cozy Slippers
Every pregnant mom deserves a new pair of slippers and I just know that she’d be delighted with these ones!
The key is the rubber sole that travels both indoors and out with ease.
Plus, Amazon offers free returns and exchanges for 7 days so she can get a different size if she needs to!
6. Instant Photo Printer
Things move fast when baby is born and this will 100% help the new mama out! The Prynt Pocket Instant Photo Printer for iPhone makes it so that she can take a picture and print it out!
She’ll be able to turn her iPhone into an instant camera, and even print Instagram photos in 30 seconds!
She won’t have to worry about ink refills either, there’s no ink necessary- photos are printed directly onto ZINK (zero ink) Sticker Paper.
7. Travel Coffee Mug
Mama won’t get much time to sit and drink a coffee while it’s warm, so help her out by getting her this Hydro Flask 12 oz Coffee Mug with TempShield insulation that keeps drinks cold or hot when used with lid.
Perfect for the coffee drinker … She’ll love it!
Extras: The best gifts for pregnant women that they don’t need but they’ll want!
1. Pregnancy Gift Box
No new mama knows what to expect in the first trimester, nor does she feel too whippy, so what’s super fun is to get her a surprise box of goodies. The 1st Trimester Bump Boxes have stickers, a water bottle, an anti-nausea band and Bath Bomb. Just a fun box for the excited mom to be to receive, right?
2. Maternity Belt
The belly will keep growing and the DonnaElite Premium Maternity Support Belt has been designed to provide support, comfort and pain relief, which will be very welcomed from the mom to be.
3. Double Stroller
The Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller is the creme of the crop when it comes to strollers.
The most versatile tandem stroller on the market today, the City Select was designed to keep her family rolling as it grows from one child to two. If you need to get a few friends together to get this for her I can guarantee she’ll be grateful!
4. Great Swaddle Blankets
Baby only sleeps when baby is comfy and the aden by aden + anais Swaddle Blankets make baby feel like they’re still in the womb = lots of sleep!
These swaddlers are perfect for keeping baby from overheating while at the same time providing her / him with a nice comfy blanket.
Babies and moms love these (it’s no wonder why!)
5. JJ Cole Diaper Changing Clutch
What trendy mama wouldn’t love this accessory?? The sleek JJ Cole Changing Clutch is designed to coordinate with your favorite JJ Cole diaper bag fashions ad makes it easy to change your baby anywhere.
This allows moms to grab their fashionable clutch and head for the closest changing spot, without having to carry their entire diaper bag.
6. Jj Cole Original Bundleme
I had the JJ Cole Original Bundleme and loved it! Our stroller would always run over the blanket and this stopped that! Plus, it’s machine washable and comes in all sorts of fabrics!
7. A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year
Pardon the language, but this book would make a super fun gift for a super fun and humorous lady!
The “The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year” laugh-out-loud guide to the first year of motherhood, filled with helpful advice and wisdom from real moms and dads who aren’t at all afraid to tell it like it is. Love that!
8. Baby Swing
I was recently over at a friends house and she had this MamaRoo – WHOA! Game changer! It’s a bluetooth enabled seat that adjusts and mimics mom’s motions, giving mama some hands free time which she’ll enjoy every once in awhile. This is a seat that I wish was around when my littles were little!
9. Baby Bottle Formula Dispenser
The Baby Brezza Formula Pro mixes, heats and dispenses formula or water to the perfect consistency. It allows you to choose room temperature, body temperature or warmer than body temperature.
Also, the set-up and use is a breeze with all digital controls and an LCD control panel. There are no manual adjustments. Just pick your settings and push the start button.
It’s dishwasher safe too!
10. White Noise Machine
The HoMedics MyBaby SoundSpa creates the perfect environment for baby to sleep soundly, perfect for first time moms or momas that have several kids and noises, too!
There’s even a timer that includes 15-, 30-, and 60-minute options to turn off the SoundSpa.
Another reason this sounds machine ended up on this list: It’s lightweight, easy to carry, and perfect for travel – great for babies and new moms on the go!
What are the best pregnancy gifts for first time moms?
Looking for gifts for newly pregnant friend? You’re in the right spot! When I was pregnant that is not a gift listed above that I wouldn’t have loved to receive.
When you’re on the hunt for gifts for first time expectant moms, try to think of things that the new mom can use to make her life easier.
There are loads of free stuff for babies available, so these ideas are specifically best gifts for first time moms because she’s doing a lot of the hard work, right??
What are the best pregnancy gifts for first time parents?
We tend to think of first time moms gifts, but what about dad? Dad is doing some hard work, too, right?
When thinking of first time parents gifts, try to think of things that the couple can do together once they can sneak out of the house for one or two hours together. Gift certificates to their favorite restaurants, or pedicures together are great gift ideas!
Of course dad doesn’t have to get nail polish, but the calf and foot rubs = amazing!
Another gift idea for expecting parents: Find them the Best Backpack Diaper Bag that dads can carry, too and to fit their style. This is a gift for pregnant friend that she will love you for!
What is a good congratulations gift for a pregnancy?
Once the mom to be has reached her 8th week of pregnancy she’ll generally feel comfortable sharing her news with friends and family (and she’ll be so excited, but likely nervous!)
Any of the gifts for expectant moms that we’ve listed above are fair game at this point!
What would be a good gift for my pregnant wife?
Looking for gifts for pregnant wife?? You’re definitely in the right place because I’m going to throw you off. 🙂
First off, consider your pregnant wife’s personality. Would she rather you dote on her, or baby? Whether you’re trying to look for birthday gifts for pregnant wife from husband, or maybe a Christmas gift for her you’ll want to take this into consideration.
Everything on the list above is a great idea – if you want to get something for her specifically, I’d choose the pajamas or maybe the nice, cozy robe that she’s for sure going to love long after being pregnant.
Which is the best guide book for first pregnancy?
I have to say the most popular book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is the most popular guide book for first time moms.
It’s kind of known as the pregnancy bible, so why go against the grain?
What is a great gift for my 9 month pregnant best friend?
Anything on my list here is recommended as first time mom gifts – she’s sure to love any of these things!
What are some really good gifts for a woman while she is pregnant?
The best pregnant mom gifts are those that make her comfortable – simple, right?
What advice can you offer for someone going through their first pregnancy?
Take notes! So you/she can remember and share stories later – the pregnancy journals in this post are an awesome place to start!