Baby shower gifts are easy. Baby booties, teddy bear, done. Maternity gifts can be a little more tricky. The best products for the mama to be can be used while she’s still pregnant. If you are close with the mama-to-be, go ahead and give her the perineum massage oil, but if you’re not on the labor ward invite list, here are the safe choices:
LOOK AFTER YOUR BUMP
The jury is still out on whether or not stretch marks can be avoided by daily moisturizing, but being pregnant gets itchy around week 30. A good belly balm, cream or oil can make all the difference. These four gems are great during pregnancy as well as post baby belly.
Honest Belly Balm is wonderful. If you’re not an Honest subscriber, it’s just a teensy bit more expensive to buy it from Target.
Noodle & Boo Elasticity Oil not only smells great, it feels wonderful and alleviates itchy skin. As far as belly oils go, this one is the crème de la crème… uh, oil.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter won’t leave her bump feeling greasy. It’s great for soothing itchy, stretching skin, and it’s also reasonably priced. Love this one!
L’Occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil smells divine. Total luxury.
WEAR IT WELL
Get her out of her yoga pants and t-shirt and buy her something a little more fancy. Finally maternity wear is getting a makeover. Steer clear of Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity and check out the maternity lines at J.Crew, Paige Denim, Séraphine and Hatch.
NOURISH THE BABE
She’s creating life. She needs nourishment. For many women in their first few months of pregnancy, the mere thought of preparing food can bring on a bout of nausea. Subscription services like NatureBox and Graze are great for satiating her constant need to snack. Bundle Organics prenatal juices help her get the nutrients she and her baby need. Nourishment delivered.