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10 Practical Gifts for Pregnant Women That They’ll Use Again and Again

10 Actually Useful Gifts for Pregnant Women That They’ll Love
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Sep 9, 2022

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We get it. Your pregnant friend or relative put a bunch of baby stuff on her registry because, let’s face it, a parent can never have too many diapers, burp cloths, or pacifiers. And while we’re all about shopping off that wish list, we’ve also rounded up some gift ideas for items she’ll actually use for herself. Think: self-care staples and practical products that’ll make pregnancy a little comfier and postpartum life a bit easier. Here’s to giving the mom-to-be gifts she’ll truly appreciate. 

A yoga ball perfect for relieving pressure…

Especially in their lower back, pelvis, and spine. This one comes in three different sizes — 75, 65, and 55 centimeters. Pro tip: The 65-centimeter ball is recommended for balancing and core strengthening workouts while the smaller one can be used for leg lifts, and the larger for arm workouts. And once baby has arrived, they can rock their lil’ one to sleep while getting their own bounce in. ($19.98+, Amazon)

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A mini duffle perfect for all their hospital checklist essentials…

Like their change of clothes, fave books, toiletries, and any personal products they’ll want while they’re away from home. It’s got enough space for one to three days’ of items, four internal pockets, ergonomic straps, and a waterproof shell material that’ll withstand any surprises — drops, spills, and rain included. And when they’re up for some traveling, they can take this bag wherever they go since it fits in all overhead bins and meets TSA guidelines. ($159, Baboon to the Moon)

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And a bag for traveling with a little one…

Gift this diaper bag that's way more than your standard diaper bag. They’ll love the included mini changing pad and the clips that let them attach it to their stroller. And once their little one grows out of their diaper phase, they can use it on the daily. It also comes with a shoe bag and dust bag, and is available in three sizes. The smallest one can fit small tablets and e-readers while the largest can accommodate most 15-inch laptops. The bag is entirely vegan, and its lining has been made with recycled materials. Win. ($165+, Dagne Dover)

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A caftan dress they can lounge in or wear outside…

It’s made out of 100% Bemberg cupro — an eco-friendly artificial fiber — and has an adjustable bust, hidden pockets, and side slits that make it super comfy. The dress has a pretty, playful print, and it’s easily layerable. She can pair it with a slouchy cardigan or toss it on over leggings when there’s a chill in the air. ($105, Madewell)

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A personal blender to make quick, healthy smoothies…

Because getting in those vitamins and nutrients is essential. This one comes in over 15 matte and metallic colors and has a 900W motor base that can easily puree veggies and fruits with the press of a button. It comes with a recipe book, two 32-ounce cups, and two to-go lids. And when the baby comes and they’re too tired to cook, it’ll def come in handy for quick meals — think pancake mix and nut butters on the fly. Yum. ($119.99, Nutribullet

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Anti-chafing powder for wherever they need it…

Like on their bum, groin, between their thighs, or any area prone to chafing. It’s great for reducing sweat and healing already irritated areas. One currently pregnant Skimm’r says she’s been using it under her now “tummy-touching boobs” to combat any heat-induced irritation. Pro tip: Add the diaper rash formula from the same brand for a gift that'll come in handy once the baby comes. ($5.99+, Amazon)

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Compression socks to help ease pain and swelling…

While also preventing serious blood clots and pooling. This brand offers socks with light, medium, and firm levels of compression — great for all stages of their pregnancy. Snag them these medium level socks great for providing all-day relief in a breathable fabric. Or, If they're experiencing severe pain and swelling, or are going to be on their feet all day, grab the firm level pair that’ll aid in faster recovery, decreased swelling, and come in sweat-wicking nylon. ($28.80+, Comrad)

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A self-care bundle to target their stretch marks…

And keep their skin unbelievably smooth and smelling great. This one comes with four skin aids — a derm-tested skin oil, tummy butter, massage cream, and massage lotion all developed to help combat appearing and already-there stretch marks. Bonus: All the shea and cocoa butter in these products is sustainably produced and free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil. BTW, if the mama-to-be isn’t a fan of cocoa butter-based products, snag this bump care kit with shea butter instead. ($19.97, Amazon)

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And a pregnancy wedge that they can rest their belly on…

One side has soft memory foam while the other side is firmer, so they can choose the kind of support they’ll need at the moment. This one’s been designed with perforated foam so it’ll stay cool as they sleep, and has a plush velvet cover and carry case so to keep ‘em comfy wherever they go. Pro tip: They can use it for support behind their back while sitting up on the couch, under their legs for improved circulation, or in between their knees while they sleep. ($24.92, Amazon)

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A box full of must-have wellness products for moms-to-be…

This pregnancy subscription from Aster’s Belly Box will be her saving grace. She’ll finally get all her essentials in one go: a product to treat stretch marks and help her get a better night’s rest in one box? Yes, please. Bonus: All items are vegan, organic, and cruelty-free, and a portion of sales are donated to charities that support Middle Eastern moms. ($59+/month, Cratejoy)

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