I have to say, I’m not really a fan of traditional baby showers (even though, full disclosure, I totally had one). Truth be told, I didn’t use about 60% of the gifts I received, so I think a Mother Blessing (also called Blessingway) is the way to go. I mean, come on, when we’re having a baby, we are the ones who should be showered with love, receiving pregnancy or Mother Blessing gifts because we’re doing A LOT of work! And by work, I of course mean growing a tiny human! I challenge you to share these suggestions for Mother Blessing gifts before an upcoming baby shower or as a hint to your partner for Mother’s Day (or just on a random Tuesday because you deserve gifts often).
Yup, you read that right, Yoga Toes! If your feet are tired and sore, then you need a pair. This little contraption helps to realign your foot structure by spreading and stretching your toes. It might sound medieval but it feels heavily, I promise! My husband liked my yoga toes so much that he bought himself a pair (true story).
Bonus: Depending how far along you are with your pregnancy, you’ll need help putting them on. My suggestion? Hand your partner your new yoga toes and some lotion and get a nice foot massage as well. You deserve it!
While this is a luxury item for some, if you’re giving birth in a hospital this is one of those wonderful pregnancy gifts you’re going to want to receive. A plus size birthing gown encourages you to feel comfortable and cute while also allowing access for fetal monitoring and other possible laboring necessities. While hospital gowns are completely functional (and free), some people don’t like the stigma attached to them and prefer to wear something softer and made to fit just right.
Bonus: If you want a giggle, watch the clip below of comedian Jim Gaffigan talking about home birth. He makes reference to hospital gowns…
A Big Tub of Coconut Oil
Yup, I’m channeling my inner hippie here but if don’t already have it, you need coconut oil in your life. Here are just some of the uses for coconut oil during pregnancy and well beyond; rub it on your belly to soothe your stretched skin, use it as conditioner in your hair (no really, try it), cook a delicious and healthy meal with it to nourish yourself and your baby during pregnancy, and even have your partner use coconut oil as lotion for that foot massage after you’ve used your new yoga toes.
Bonus: If you love the smell of coconuts then you’ll be obsessed with coconut oil. If you despise the smell of coconuts, try one that’s refined (they tend to smell much less like coconuts since they’ve been processed more), or jump to the next gift idea and pretend like you never read this.
Oh sweet ball of relief! I think every pregnant woman should be gifted a birth ball (it’s really just an exercise ball but it’s often called a birth ball during pregnancy, birth and postpartum). This ball allows women to sit comfortably during pregnancy (thinking of you mamas with hemorrhoids or those suffering from SPD), opens your pelvis during labor, and helps to bounce the baby to sleep after you’ve given birth! Please note that most exercise balls found at Target or Walmart have a 250 lbs – 300 lbs weight limit. You can find exercise balls with weight limits beyond 500 lbs here and always make sure any ball you purchase is anti-burst.
Bonus: You probably won’t realize it, but you’ll be getting in some exercise whenever you’re bouncing upon that ball. It’s super important to be active throughout pregnancy and every little bounce counts!
While you can’t technically give someone the gift of body love, you can help them to start on their own journey towards loving themselves by giving them the book, The Peachie Moms Guide to Body Love for Moms. This book doesn’t just talk about how to love and accept your body, it also has worksheets to get a woman actively involved with processing through her current body image struggles and working towards loving herself fully.
Bonus/Full Disclosure: I co-authored this book. This is the book my Peachie Moms partner, Amanda Edwards, and I were searching for when we started navigating how to love our new mom bodies – or mombods as Amanda likes to say! We poured a lot of love and knowledge into this book and I’m incredibly proud of it.
I firmly believe the best gift a mom-to-be (for the first or fifth time, it really doesn’t matter) can receive is a doula! Doulas provide emotional, physical and educational support to a woman and her partner throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Putting together a doula fund is a priceless gift for yourself or a pregnant loved one.
Bonus: For plus size moms I have an incredible doula directory with doulas listed who have experience supporting plus size moms. They won’t judge or shame you in any way like you may have experienced with previous providers. They will support you with compassion, I’m sure!
These are just a few pregnancy or Mother Blessing gifts I recommend! Share your favorite gift you received (or hope to receive) within the comments below…
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