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Perfect Gifts for Pregnant Women, Best Gifts for Expecting Mothers

Updated on June 19, 2011

How to choose the best gifts for pregnant women

Many husbands, partners or family members want to buy gifts for expecting mothers, but don’t know exactly what to choose. Some things that were great before might be inconvenient for pregnant women. It is well known that pregnant women change their taste and smell during pregnancy. So, buying a perfume a pregnant woman may not be the best idea.

It is better to stick to the gifts that are related closely to pregnancy and personal care. Most women are excited to become mothers and enjoy their pregnancy very much. Gifts that will make pregnant woman to look beautiful and feel special during pregnancy are the best gifts for expecting mothers.

Not all gifts are suitable for all trimesters. Some presents will make your wife happy in the first trimester, while some will allow her to live easier with her big belly in the last trimester. Either way, a future mother will be very happy with any present she gets, because the intention and the love from future father or partner are the most important.


Gifts for expecting mothers in the first trimester

Women who are in their first trimester are very excited to become mothers. The pregnancy is not showing yet, but it is nice to give them a gift for successful start. Besides that, pregnant women will like to have a memory on their pregnancy, especially if it is their first, so any gift that can allow them to do that will be perfect.


You can choose among following gifts:

  • Books and magazines – every woman will like to educate herself on parenting, so a quality book about child rising is perfect gift. Book about healthy diet during pregnancy is also nice gift, especially if a woman pays attention to her diet regardless of pregnancy. Subscriptions on pregnancy, baby and parenting magazines are gifts that will make a woman real happy.
  • Photo album and diary – some women would like to have a memory on their pregnancy and will take lots of photos. In that case, a nice photo album, with lovely poem will be just right. This way a mother will remember her pregnancy and the baby will feel the touch of love by both parents. Diary is also great gift. Many women say they regret for not having a pregnancy diary, because they will never be pregnant for the first time again.
  • Jewelry and accessorize – since a pregnant woman will feel special when she discovers she is pregnant, a nice jewelry or designer scarf or bag will make her feel even more special. She will be spending the most of her time at work or among people, so a gift like this will be perfect for her.
  • Cosmetics – women who particularly take care of their looks will like to start using pregnancy care products the moment they find out they are pregnant. A quality natural body lotion or anti stretch mark cream will do the best.
  • Clothes that looks like maternity clothes – the belly is still very small, so there is no need to buy real maternity clothes yet. But, a nice longer shirt will be great gift. It will refresh the wardrobe and make the pregnant woman look beautiful.


Gifts for pregnant women in the second trimester

Women who enter second trimester start feeling like the real expecting mothers. The pregnant belly already started to show, women are full of energy and emotionally feel great. They are safe to do some exercise, because the most sensitive days are behind them. Gifts that are most welcomed here are mostly directed toward pregnant women and the things that make her feel special and satisfied.


You can buy following gifts:

  • Cosmetics – it is high time woman started taking care of her body, so gifts such as organic anti stretch marks oil, natural anti stretch marks cream and quality foot cream are the best.
  • Pedicure or manicure – pregnant women have difficulties taking care of their feet, so you will make them satisfied if you pay for their pedicure. As long as they are having pedicure, why not pay for the manicure as well. Small things can make women real happy.
  • Books and magazines – in case you haven’t already bought a present like this, it’s high time you did it. A book about kids is the best choice. If you know that your wife or partner likes to exercise or due to medical reasons needs to perform some exercises, a book about exercises during pregnancy is nice gift.
  • Pilates ball and mat – most women feel relief after practicing some exercises on Pilates ball. It allows them to do some muscles exercises, especially for pelvis and back, the parts of the pregnant woman’s body which are most of the time under certain pressure.
  • Maternity clothes – there is a wide range of maternity clothes you can buy as a gift for expecting mother. Trousers, skirts, shirts, even a jacket will make her feel nice. Woman’s body changes rapidly during pregnancy and something that a woman wore at the beginning of her pregnancy might not fit her after couple of moths.
  • Maternity underwear and pajamas – pregnant women need quality supporting bra. There is great choice of nice and attractive underwear for mothers to be. Maternity pajamas are also very nice gift, because a woman will definitely need it.


Pregnancy gifts for women in the third trimester

If you are looking to buy a gift for the pregnant woman who is in the third trimester, think about how she feels, what bothers her the most and what kind of things she finds particularly nice and important. Since pregnancy is coming to an end, regular daily activities become harder and harder, so the perfect gift would be the one that will make her feel relieved.

Things for the baby are also nice; they will make your partner happy and emotional.


You can try to find those gifts:

  • Special pillow, cozy slippers or comfortable shoes – when woman enters into third trimester, she can have difficulties sleeping, walking and sitting. So, any present that will make her feel better will be a good choice. Later, she can use the pillow for breastfeeding the baby and it will have multiple uses.
  • Belly belt – if your wife or partner has trouble walking for some time and her back really hurts, a belly belt will be very helpful. She can wear it under the shirt or even over the clothes. It will hold her back, relieve the pain and allow her to stand and walk much easier.
  • Nice maternity clothes – last part of the pregnancy can be very special for the woman. She is living through her last days as a pregnant woman. Some nice pregnancy dress, in which she can enjoy being pregnant and feel nice, is a great choice.
  • CD with relaxing music – some women will spend their last weeks and days at home, preparing for the birth. Relaxing music can be very helpful. Not, only for relaxing, but also for making breathing and relaxation exercises, which are helpful during contractions.
  • Dinner in her favorite restaurant – those are the last moments you will spend as a couple (if this is the first pregnancy). Even if it isn’t the first pregnancy, later it will be harder to find time for yourself in the evening with small child. Use those days to have nice, enjoying dinner in your favorite restaurant. Make a reservation and surprise your wife.
  • Baby stuff – baby clothes, designer diaper bags and small things for baby room can be perfect gift for the women in the last trimester. You will have to buy that stuff anyway, so why not surprise your wife a little earlier.

Buying gifts for pregnant women doesn’t have to be complicated. By going through this list, you can choose all kinds of gifts for expecting mothers. They will appreciate it, be happy and content. What more do you need?


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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      Shekorina, yes, it's a little bit funny to propose a girl on the day she will be giving birth to her baby.

      Hormones are very strange thing, so who knows what her answer might be :o))

      Since she won't be pregnant any more, maybe the best thing would be to buy her something that will make her feel like a woman. She will be mother all the time, so a reminder that she is something else than a mother will be nice.

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      Shekorina 6 years ago

      My best friend girl friend, becomes preganant and she is in the last triminster. He didn't yet propose/married to her and he just thinking to propose to her in her birthday. I dont know why it couldn't give me sense to me and I just adviced him to drop the proposal idea. So would you please shot one best gift what he should present to her future girl.

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      william.fischer29 thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you found this useful and interesting.

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      william.fischer29 6 years ago

      WOw, great hub.

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      L.Naryanan 7 years ago


      My wife and me are all excited about having our second child, she's in the 3rd month of pregnancy and we just keep counting days. Can anyone suggest some good small surprises which I could give her and keep her always pepped up....thanks in can write to me at or feel free to call me on 9911751548, we live in Pune...India.

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      Happy Mama, thank you for your suggestions. I'm glad that you like the list.

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      Happy Mama 7 years ago

      Great list of pregnancy gifts! Having been pregnant twice (and pretty recently), I would suggest moving the pregnancy pillow to the 2nd trimester. Then I would replace it with a Pretty Pushers delivery gown. Moms love them!

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      Maternity clothes is a great gift for pregnant woman. You need it anyway and clothes make a woman happy in any situation.

      Great that you find this hub useful. Thanks for commenting.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      When I was pregnant, my aunt used to give me clothes that I can wear as my tummy becomes bigger. I really appreciated her generosity. Thanks for these ideas, I'll be listing them down so my husband will know what to give me the next time I get pregnant!

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      eculligan, thank you for visiting my hub and writing a comment.

      Massage is a great thing for pregnant women. Just be sure your wife visits the specialists who performs massage for pregnant women only.

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      eculligan 7 years ago

      Great information. My wife is in her second trimester and she needs a good massage. Keep up the nice work.