Post # 1
A close family member just moved across the country for a year with her partner – and announced that she’s pregnant! She’ll be thousands of miles from all her friends and her entire family. I want to send her something in the mail, a care package, to help “survive” the next 6 months and to cheer her up a bit.
What would you put in it? Did you receive any small gifts during your pregnancy that were really helpful or a kind gesture?
Post # 3
Ive never seen one or made one, but Ive heard friends talk about “pregnancy baskets”. They put body butter in there, hemmoroid cream, edible goodies, and Ive heard of belly mold kits..? Ive never seen one nor know where you can get one, but that might be neat if its her kind of thing.Other than that I’m not sure…oh pregnancy pops! I guess you have them for morning sickness.
This is very thoughtful of you!
Post # 4
1st Trimester: You’re tired, you have to pee all the time, and you’re emotional. I’d send something lighthearted like some Poise pads, some aroma therapy citrus “rejuvenating” something or other, and a joke book or something to make her laugh.
2nd Trimester: Energy picks up, so does your appetite. Send some protein bars or something and a book or magazine about DIY baby stuff.
3rd Trimester: Energy crash you are EXHAUSTED, bloated, constipated, fat, and anxious. Nesting kicks in here usually. Your feet, back, legs, and butt hurt all the time. I’d send a massage gift certificate, some Sennikot stool softener, a maternity support belt, and some aroma therapy lavender “relax!!” stuff.
Of course, all this would need a note explaining what it is and why you’re giving it to her. And if she doesn’t like jokes like that she may not like it. But I would have laughed out loud and loved a basket like that when I was preggo.
Post # 5
I am 26 weeks pregnant…here aer some of my ideas:
Palmers Coco Butter: We all know that stretch marks are heridtary but it’s still worth a shot…plus with all that skin stretching on your belly, you really wanna just lotion yourself
Water Bottle: I drink water ALL the time now
Ginger Gum, Tea, Etc: Most women get morning sickness. I have heard wonderful things about something called “preggo pops” I guess they are ginger lolipops
Book: Could be a “serious” book like “What to Expect…” or a funny book, my personal favorite is this one:Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips
Something Tiny: Us pregnant ladies love nothing more than those cute little baby socks, onsies, hats, etc…. 🙂
Post # 6
That is such a sweet idea! I would definitely give her some of the Palmer’s tummy butter. I used it every day during my 3rd trimester and I have NO stretch marks!! An ultrasound picture frame is another good idea..and they also have tons of baby books out there.
Post # 7
Maybe send her a nice baby/diaper bag filled with stuff.
Black Yoga pants – because they’re super comfy, grow with you and are nicer than sweatpants
Bella band – good to use before she needs any maternity pants
Water bottle or reusable cup – this one was by my side all thru pregnancy
A What to Expect book (not necessarily What to Expect but something that gives monthly updates)
Something funny like this
Something for the baby
Post # 8
I have nothing else to add, everyone’s included all the things I would of wanted as a gift. If anything, I’d say maternity pj’s. I don’t have anything really comfy now that I’m huge and I don’t want to buy anthing more, so I just wear my husbands big t-shirts.
This is such a nice thing to do for your friend! We all need a lil extra TLC and that will certainly do it.
Post # 9
Thanks for all of these wonderful ideas!
Post # 10
I second all of Camrie’s ideas- my Bella Band saved me for the first two trimesters, and I lived in my yoga pants after that. I also brought a big water bottle to bed every night because I was constantly thirsty.
Maybe a giant tub of Tums too.
Post # 11
I agree with maternity pj’s. It’s something I wasn’t willing to buy for myself b/c I thought stretchy pants and big tshirts would work throughout pregnancy. I was very wrong, but luckily my mom had insisted in buying me pj’s when I first got pregnant.
Post # 12
That is so thoughtful of you. I would ask her what she craves and send her gift cards to those places (or include them in the basket). I would also give her a gift card to a nail salon for when she is no longer able to paint her toes. I would also include body butters and bubble bath. I think it would be good to give her a bath robe. I already have one, but I know that I won’t be able to fit it for long. Plus, she will need one for when she goes into the hospital.
Post # 13
I recommend the book “Baby 411” it was very helpful. Also, I’d include a footprint mold kit (like the plaster-of-paris type). Is her personality more funny or serious? I would pick what to include based on that.
Post # 14
So sweet to make this up for her! I wish someone had made one for me!
1. Like mightysapphire said- Poise Pads, let’s just say I learned this while throwing up in the Kroger Parking lot 1st trimester. 🙁
2. bikini wax gift certificate for 3rd trimester
3. Fiber one bars- Constipation sucks
4. The book The Unexpected when you are Expecting: Clear, Comprehensive Month by Month Dread by Mary Moore- quite hilarious!
Post # 15
When I feel sick, I love having Natural Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale. I recommend it to all pregnant women because it helps upset stomachs. Seriously, it’s amazing.