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5 Gift Ideas for the Expectant Mom

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When a woman finds out she’s pregnant, the people in her life often get just as excited as mom-to-be. This excitement often translates to loved ones and friends buying presents and things for the baby, even before or after the baby shower. Celebrating the new baby is a wonderful thing, but it’s also important to remember the person doing the hard work for nine months. Here are five gift ideas to honor and celebrate that fabulous mom-to-be.

Gift card to her favorite restaurant or coffee shop

Expectant moms have a lot going on. The physical changes of pregnancy are a lot to deal with, but it’s not just what’s going on with her body that are keeping her busy. Mom-to-be has extra doctor’s appointments to keep up with, the work of preparing the home for the baby, and so much more. When you’re that busy being able to take a break with a cup of joe or simply not think about what to do for dinner can be an incredible luxury and a real treat. A gift card to the expectant mom’s favorite establishment is a thoughtful way to show you care and that she deserves a break!

Pay for a special service

Another great way to show a pregnant mama appreciation is to give her the gift of help. Along with having a busy schedule, an expectant mother simply might not have the energy to do some of the things she feels important as she prepares for baby. A thoughtful gift idea? Pay for a service that will help her check something off her to-do list, like house cleaning or auto detailing. Having a house that she didn’t have to clean herself or a fresh tidy car will make her feel fabulous. Not someone who would want someone cleaning her house for her? Pay for her dry cleaning, assist with having her pet groomed, or even something more targeted, such as having her carpets cleaned can be a great help.

Celebrate who she is as a person

Having a baby changes everything and sometimes women feel like they are losing part of who they are as they go from “me” to “mommy”. A great gift idea for any mom-to-be is something that celebrates who she is outside of her new role as mother. A special piece of jewelry in her personal style, a new album from her favorite band, even a girl’s night where the conversation is anything but the baby can be excellent ways to celebrate who she is at a time when she’s fully devoted to someone else.

Pamper her

Pregnancy is nine months of a lot going on and it’s easy for a pregnant woman to not take the time to treat herself to a bit of relaxation. A great gift idea is treat her to some pampering. Massage, facial, manicure or pedicure, even something as simple as a nice lotion or perfume goes a long way to helping mom feel great and beautiful, too. Beauty services not her thing? Even a nice pair of slippers or even her favorite chocolate can be a great pampering gift.

Give her something special

Becoming a mother is a nine month journey so why not give the expectant mama something to celebrate that journey? From a beautiful picture frame for those precious sonogram photos to a piece of art reflecting her new family, there are countless options to commemorate her momentous life change. Giving her something special not only celebrates her and her family, but will be a keepsake she can enjoy for years to come.

What are some special gift ideas you have for an expectant mom? Let us know in the comments!

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