It’s a question we get asked often! Here are some suggestions:
A body pillow. Getting into a comfortable sleeping position can be a real challenge in late pregnancy! Make sure it comes with a removable, washable pillowcase.
A prenatal massage gift certificate (just make sure the therapist is certified in prenatal massage, not all therapists are).
A nursing nightgown and/or a bathrobe. Any nursing shirt is good, just consider not buying it mail-order so that if she needs to return it she won’t have to make a trip to the post office.
A re-useable easy-to-clean water bottle. Pregnant women need more fluids and dehydrate more quickly than other people, so an insulated sippy cup in a grown-up size is a nice thing to have.
A selection of decaf teas.
An exercise/birth ball. You can use them for support during labor, sit on them when sitting becomes uncomfortable, and use them for exercise after pregnancy.
A seltzer maker. When she’s tired of plain water and milk, finding unsweetened, not-diet decaffeinated drinks can be surprisingly difficult. Also, seltzer is great for nausea.
A gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure if she’s into that sort of thing. Taking care of your toenails yourself is pretty difficult in late pregnancy (just note that if she’s not into that kind of thing it might come off as “fix yourself up a little!”).
An addictive TV series on DVD. The last weeks of pregnancy can seem like they last forever- it’s tough to sleep, the baby seems to never want to arrive.
A gift certificate to her favorite restaurant. It’s a good idea to get in some nights out before the baby arrives.
Slippers or socks with treads. Handy for the hospital, and who doesn’t like them?
Bad gift ideas include:
Rings (her fingers will not be their usual size until a few weeks or months after birth).
A gift with her name on the tag that is actually a gift for the baby.
A gym membership, unless she specifically asked for one.