Growing a tiny human is a pretty big achievement. Like you, we think pregnant people should be celebrated and supported while they do the hard yards, whether that's dropping around a hot meal, taking the dog for a walk or just spending some quality time together.
If there's a mum-to-be in your life that needs a little extra spoiling, you might be thinking about pregnancy gifts.
But, with so many options out there, it can be tricky to know where to start. While baby clothes and toys can be adorable, in this article we want to focus on pregnancy gifts that take care of mum too.
What are the best gifts for pregnant mums?
For first-time parents, preparing for the imminent arrival of their bundle of joy can be a mammoth task. Whether they're keen list-makers with a baby shower gift register already set up or more go-with-the-flow types, there's bound to be something out there that could help make their journey a little easier.
You'll have a sense of whether a pregnant friend likes sentimental gifts or would prefer something more practical. However, when shopping for an acquaintance or colleague, we recommend sticking to presents that are useful or consumable to avoid adding clutter at such a busy time.
If in doubt, you can even ask if there's anything they need. Here, we've rounded up the best pregnancy gift ideas to give you some inspiration.
#1 Nappy bag
No longer bulky and boring, nappy bags have come a long way in the last few years. The best ones are multipurpose, spacious, and comfortable to carry and go with every outfit.
As far as pregnancy gifts go, nappy bags are on the more expensive side but there are some affordable options that tick all the boxes and are designed to transition through all stages of motherhood, making them a perfect gift for first-time mums.
#2 Prenatal vitamins
Prenatal vitamins are recommended from 3 months before conception and throughout the first trimester.
Available as a monthly subscription or a one-off purchase, Kin's Prenatal Vitamins contain 12 essential ingredients including omega-3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron and activated methylated folate, which is more easily absorbed than traditional folic acid.
Plus, Kin's Prenatal is specifically formulated to reduce common side effects such as constipation, nausea and reflux and doesn't have a fishy aftertaste.
#3 Comfy slides
It's common to get some swelling in pregnancy, particularly in the legs, ankles, feet and fingers. When it comes to shoes, a pair of adjustable slides are hard to beat for reducing foot pain and accommodating changes in size.
Consider gifting your friend a pair of cute and cool slides that they can wear throughout pregnancy.
#4 Protein powder and shaker
Pregnant people need around 33% more protein than usual to keep both baby and mum healthy. However, whether due to nausea, vomiting or simply the higher dietary requirement, many struggle to get enough of this important substance during their pregnancy journey. This is where protein powder can come in handy.
Kin's Essential Protein is available as a one-off or a monthly subscription and provides 22.4g of bioavailable protein in every serving. It is also a good source of probiotics, vitamin C and calcium, making it a perfect gift for an expecting mother.
Every hospital bag should include earplugs to make sure mum can get some sleep after the baby's arrival, no matter the noise levels in the hospital. While it might seem like a left-of-field gift, new mums will appreciate it greatly.
#6 Breastfeeding essentials
After giving birth, breastfeeding mums have a whole other challenge ahead of them. While some find it smooth sailing, others may need a little extra support in the first couple of months.
Kin's Breastfeeding Essentials includes a natural and baby-safe nipple balm to soothe cracked nipples and 3 pairs of lightweight and absorbent bamboo breast pads to help make life a little easier while mum and bub establish their nursing routine.
#7 Heat pack
Because of the baby's sensitivity to temperature changes, pregnant women are advised to avoid hot baths, especially in the first trimester . Instead, the localised application of a heat pack can help relieve pregnancy aches and pains in the back, hips, and joints.
Consider gifting a heat pack that your loved one can use throughout pregnancy — it'll be the gift that keeps on giving.
#8 Pregnancy journal
Pregnancy can be a wild ride, with an endless amount of moments worth putting down on paper. A pregnancy journal can help expecting parents do just that and they'll be able to relive these special moments long after the baby has arrived.
#9 Belly cream
Luxurious and practical, a high-quality belly butter can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and calm any inflammation or itching as the body goes through the many changes of pregnancy.
Kin's Nourishing Cream is packed with gotu kola (Centella asiatica), witch hazel, shea butter and vitamins B3, B5, E and F to strengthen the skin and maintain its elasticity. For best results, the cream should be used from the beginning of the pregnancy and continue after giving birth.
#10 Maternity clothing
Finding clothes that actually fit can be one of the frustrating aspects of pregnancy, so if your newly pregnant friend is a fashionista, consider gifting them some new maternity clothes for their pregnancy journey.
While picking out clothing for someone else can be difficult, there is always the option of a gift voucher.
#11 Drink bottle
Staying hydrated is essential throughout pregnancy and in those early months of breastfeeding , so a lightweight, easy-to-open insulated water bottle is a great gift option.
If your pregnant friend is suffering from dreaded morning sickness, Kin's Morning Sickness Tea, made with warming ginger and soothing peppermint makes a thoughtful gift when paired with a reusable cup as well.
#12 Throw blanket
Pregnancy gifts should be all about keeping the pregnant person cosy, and a high-quality throw blanket definitely fits the bill. Plus, once the baby arrives, it can be used for both mum and bub to cuddle with or lay on.
Gifts for the postpartum period
Of course, we don't want to leave new mums out. If you'd like to send a present (or you're lucky enough to meet the little one after the baby arrives), there are a couple of go-to postpartum gift ideas worth considering.
#1 Recovery essentials
Fully recovering from the physical effects of pregnancy and childbirth can take months, especially while juggling the needs of a new baby.
Kin's Postpartum Recovery Kit is designed to make this process easier. The kit includes the Peri Bottle to gently clean, Mesh Panties to provide comfort and support, the Soothing Padsicles to cool and absorb and the Healing Foam to fight bacteria and relieve discomfort. It also includes the Nourishing Cream, specially formulated to promote skin elasticity and recovery. The Postnatal Vitamin addresses symptoms of postpartum depletion including hair loss, fatigue, and brain fog.
For new mums recovering from caesarean delivery, Kin's C-Section Recovery Kit features 5 essentials to promote scar healing, support abdominal separation, and recover from postpartum depletion: the mesh panties and peri bottle, plus The Nourishing Cream, Belly Band, and Postnatal Vitamin.
#2 Subscription services
For those late nights when the baby is not quite ready to sleep, an audiobook subscription can help pass the time. You could even put together a list of book suggestions, like The Motherhood Complex by Melissa Hogenboom, Bottled Up by Suzanne Barston and Expecting Better by Emily Oster.
If mum is more of a movie buff, a subscription to a streaming service is also a great option.
Let's be honest, sometimes we put on activewear just to laze around the house and new mums are no different. Consider gifting them some durable and comfortable leggings, which are perfected for hanging out with bub.
The right supplements can make her postpartum journey a lot smoother. An iron supplement like Kin's Iron Support, for instance, can relieve her fatigue and give her stamina when she needs it most, while a protein powder will help her heal and recover post-birth.
Kin's Electrolyte Powder is another great gift idea, especially if she's breastfeeding. It is supercharged with electrolytes and vitamin C to help her stay hydrated even when she's too busy to drink the recommended amount of 2.6L of water per day. Plus, it's suitable for pregnancy, so it's also a great gift for a mama-to-be.
Looking for more gift ideas for pregnant women? Check out our gift sets and bundles!