best gifts for expecting moms

Whether you’re the future godmama, best friend, husband, partner, or co-worker, you’re probably wondering what kind of gift to get your favorite expecting lady friend. And while some mamas are on it, registry and all, here’s what they always seem to leave off the list: gifts for themselves (mama registry, anyone?).

Despite spending all her time thinking, dreaming, and planning for her new little one, your girl deserves some fun ways of celebrating and taking care of herself — this is where you come in hot with the gifts. Luckily, we did the heavy lifting for ya and promise not to make too much of a dent in your wallet *wink.* These options would be great for her first Mother’s Day or if you wanted to get that gift you’ve been eyeing on her registry plus a little somethin’ just for her.

Sit back, relax, and browse through this list of the best gifts for your favorite pregnant mama... starting with some of our favorite MVPs to support her and her soon-to-be growing bump.

for the mama who just found out

bellaband®

Now that her little poppyseed is growing, it won’t be long before she has to retire all her fav denims and cutest work pants. But don’t let her say goodbye prematurely. Extend the wear of her pre-pregnancy pants by gifting our handy dandy Bellaband. Her body is going to feel so unfamiliar and new in no time; give her some extra time in her go-to outfits so things can feel a tad more normal.

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Mama jacket

Welcome to the club, we’ve got jackets. Give her a not-so-subtle way of telling everyone her good news with this goes-with-everything denim jacket. It’s ultra-comfy and we added just a touch of stretch so she’ll be layering this on the daily throughout her trimesters and beyond. Bonus points: you can surprise her with the Babe Jacket at the baby shower, so her little one can be her twin from the get go.

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unwind jumpsuit

Sleeping while pregnant can be a serious struggle. Give your girl a running start with the coziest PJs in the game that pull double-duty when she's up all night nursing. When we say this jumpsuit is versatile, we mean she’ll be happy as a clam wearing it to bed or out in public — pair with an open button up and no one will bat a lash. Made from the softest sustainable modal, there's also a sleep tank, short, pant, and nightie... so you've got options in the gifting department.

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Once those first thirteen weeks are up, or whenever she chooses, your mama is going to be SO ready to share her tiny little secret with everyone. This means it’s time to start showering her with textual proof of the miracle she’s growing and the newest name she’s going to be touting. Mama sweatshirt, mama bra, mama on errything.

For the shout-it-from-the-rooftops mama

mama sweatshirt

It’s never too soon to start reppin’ that new name. Give her a token of her new role that she can wear on the daily. A comfy crew neck never goes out of style, and thanks to its oversize fit, she can wear this cozy cutie all throughout pregnancy and way beyond. Grab one for babe, too!

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mama lounge set

She’d never dream about wearing a bra to bed pre-pregnancy, but the times they are a-changin’. This lounge-worthy favorite gives her growing breasts the support they need for a restful night’s sleep. Pair with the Mama Boyshort for a gift set she may not even want to cover up — for the record, we’re totally in favor of lounging in just bras + undies while she’s cooking a little one.

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i love mom onesie

Add this mom-lovin’ onesie to the tiny wardrobe she’s building and she may be putting the little one in it nonstop. We love the muted colors and gender-neutral design, plus the fact that it’s made of ultra-soft organic cotton makes it perfect for every new parent’s extra-high standards.

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Let’s face it, women are busy. Whether your life is all about work, full-time momming, or a hodgepodge of ever-changing tasks and schedules, using your body as a human oven is kind of a lot to add to any mama’s plate. Trust us, she deserves some self-care more than anyone else. 

for the mama in need of a spa day

the oil

We *really* believe in the power of skincare during a time when a mama’s body is undergoing peak changes. This pregnancy belly oil is made with only the best botanicals to help her tackle dryness, tightness, and stretch mark prevention. And if you need more convincing, the formula’s got a blissful hint of rose and the gorgeous packaging is just waiting for a bow. Trust us on this one… her bump’s gonna love it.

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to mama with love set

There's more than meets the eye for this lil’ bow-and-go set. Formulated with Pipette’s hero skincare ingredient squalane, this gift set of body wash, body lotion, and belly butter (plus an amazing exfoliating brush!), lets her *really* indulge in some me-time moments with plant-based, non-toxic ingredients. They also make a set for babe — such sweet and easy gifts for the whole fam! 

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sleepy lotion

If you happen to sleep next to one, you know… 78% of pregnant women suffer from insomnia. Handcrafted by an expecting mama who could relate, this non-toxic lotion has helped 1,000s of moms fall and stay asleep. Powered by a pure magnesium blend, there’s even a version tailored for babies and toddlers, 3 months and up! You know what they say... the best gifts are the ones you get for yourself, too.

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the takeaway

For the blooming mama-to-be: you can’t go wrong with something cute and personal. Even though her lil’ plus one may mean some big changes for her, chances are she’s still the same person who enjoys the same things. So if she’s a fashionista mama, wellness junkie, or your favorite gal to movie marathon with, get her a gift that’s unique to her. The thoughtfulness is sure to melt her mama heart (and the pregnancy hormones help, too!).

When in doubt, look for grow-with-you fits she can wear for months and months (e.g., pregnancy and postpartum-friendly). As for skincare and wellness, you can’t go wrong with keeping things simple (think clean ingredients that are pregnancy-safe). Throw a bunch of items together in a cute ‘lil basket and you’ve got the gift of pampering she’ll surely appreciate.

Looking for gift ideas for a baby shower? Bookmark this page for all the gifts the mama in your life could need. You can also bundle one or two things with a few of our new mama favorites for the perfect “it’s a mom!” gift. 

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