12 Gifts Every Pregnant Woman Desperately Needs In The Third Trimester

shutterstock_188932727

The simple act of procreation doesn’t warrant a gift in and of itself. But if you’ve ever been pregnant, you know how trying it can be at times with an end that never seems to be in sight. Pregnant women don’t deserve a pity party because they are willing participants in the process, but sometimes, it’s easy for a pregnant lady to get lost in the baby shower shuffle.

If you have a friend or relative who is pregnant, I can promise you with absolute certainty that she would be elated if you gave her a small token to show you are thinking of her in the third trimester. Of course, you can give a pregnant woman a gift any time you please, or you can choose not to give her a gift at all, and she’ll never be the wiser.

But for many women, myself included, the third trimester is a doozy. A little gift or a sweet Facebook message will make her day and temporarily distract her from the uncontrollable sweating, heartburn, and lower back pain.

So what does a pregnant lady really need to make her feel special in those last few months? Many times, the perfect gift for a pregnant woman is perfectly simple. Here are 12 great gift ideas to see a pregnant woman through to the finish line:

1. Massage: For any length, on any location, by any professional person.

2. Home Massager: If a professional massage is too expensive, put her spouse to work.

gift1

3. Free Babysitting: For even an hour, no strings attached!

4. Yoga Pants: The comfortable pre- and post-pregnancy gift that keeps on giving.

gift2

5. Good Book: To be beat boredom at the hospital.

gift3

6. Chocolate: One of the only “safe” pregnancy indulgences.

7. Bath Bomb: Soak that aching back while enjoying delicious chocolate.

gift4

8. Home-Cooked Meal: Who wants to spend time in a hot kitchen while pregnant?

9. Pregnancy Pillow: Practical and necessary to get any sleep in the third trimester.

gift5

10. Adorable Maternity Dress: Just make sure you know her size to avoid any hurt feelings!

gift6

11. Makeup: Because pregnancy glow is a myth.

gift7

12. Game of Thrones DVD Set: To beat the boredom of waiting after the due date has passed.

gift8

(Image: Victoria Andreaswavebreakmedia/Shutterstock; Amazon)

You can reach this post's author, Bethany Ramos, on twitter.
Share This Post:
    • K.

      The GoT DVD set is brilliant–but especially for new moms, I’ve found.

      It’s not everyone, but for me and a lot of other moms, I found that I watched a LOT of TV when I had a newborn because I was breastfeeding, and sitting around for 45 minutes without being able to use your hands meant lots and lots of Netflix. I might be projecting a little, but I could swear that my toddler has a Pavlovian response to the “Arrested Development” credits theme song.

      • Valerie

        I watched like, every episode ever of CSI: Miami when I was pumping for my daughter. Me and David Caruso drained a lot of milk out of my ya-boos together. #bondedforlife

      • Kendra

        Yep. I watched a ton of CSI: Miami on maternity leave, but I watched The Walking Dead on pumping breaks!

      • Kay_Sue

        I did the same. I also found my Kindle to be a lifesaver, because books were hard to read while nursing, but it was light enough to be held in one hand.

        I know I was supposed to be #Bonding, but that’s when I actually found the time to finish reading all of the Song of Fire and Ice books. No regret!!!!

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I did this with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I recently played the theme song for my 10 year old and fully expected her to think it was some mysterious lullaby from her childhood. Sadly, she didn’t remember it. I was so shocked.

    • @Real_George_Clooney

      #2 has a secondary use

      • Valerie

        Ugh, you beat me to it. I feel like we are embarking on a Troll War.

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        Yay!

      • Valerie

        So the student becomes the teacher.

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        Wait, wot? Are you challenging my trollpremacy? >:(

      • Valerie

        ;-) I kid because I care, George.

    • Valerie

      Is there some kind of gift to help sop up between-the-leg sweat? Like, microfiber wicking thigh sleeves of some sort? Because I never found a solution to that problem and being 7 months pregnant in August is not fun. So much schweat.

      • Valerie

        Just had a flash of brillance- you could duct-tape those car washing cloths that soak up everything to the innards of your legs and groin. Or wrap them with strips from a Smart Mop. Like a mummy.

      • Kay_Sue

        Problem solving!

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        The Smart Mop advertises that it’s effective for cleaning in tight spaces

        0_o

      • Kay_Sue

        Bwahahahaha! Perfect.

      • Valerie

        <———-marketing genius

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        Isn’t it better to just wear a short skirt and sit with your legs wide open?

      • Ann

        Only if you have an oscillating fan near by

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        I will supply the fans!

      • Valerie

        Yes, fans would be crucial to the success of that plan.

      • Kelly

        Moisture wicking performance underwear and anti-perspirant rubbed directly on the areas that get sweaty. You can even buy performance boxers with extra long legs to cover more of the thigh.

        My husband is a commercial electrician in Vegas which sometimes means working outdoors in 110+ degree heat while wearing protective clothes. His thighs and unmentionable areas used to get downright frightening before we discovered that combo.

      • kay

        I had a pair of like… spanx style shorts (you know, nude, pantyhose-ishy) but without the compression of spanx going on. Greatest thing ever. Dealt with leg sweat and kept me from rocking any panty lines. They were a hand me down (so I wore undies with them) and I have no idea where they came from. But they exist somewhere, are the best!

    • Valerie

      Is there some kind of gift to help sop up between-the-leg sweat? Like, microfiber wicking thigh sleeves of some sort? Because I never found a solution to that problem and being 7 months pregnant in August is not fun. So much schweat.

    • Lilly

      I will add, that if you know a gamer chick, video games are a good substitute for TV shows. I played through so many ps3 games when my son was nursing — takes a bit of practice to hold the controller and the baby (nursing pillow is a must as well). But not online games cuz you’ll probably need to pause the game randomly which most don’t really allow for.

      • Kelly

        This is so true! Back when I was pregnant, my husband bought an original Playstation (this was when the PS2 had just been released) and he would bring me home used games or rent them from blockbuster. I wasn’t even a gamer until that but boy did those games help me through a crappy pregnancy and my c-section recovery. I still get all nostalgic thinking about Silent Hill and Final Fantasy 8.

    • Véronique Houde

      ugh… I want a massage so bad right now… and for someone to scratch my back. and for someone to come pick my daughter up on mother’s day and let me sleep all day and enjoy my backyard before i move to a noisier neighbourhood.

      • Valerie

        Awwww, buy yourself a massage! :-)

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        <— free!

      • Valerie

        Yeah, but how talented are you? I mean, you must dedicate a lot of your hand strength to styling that flowing mane. What is left at the end of the day?!

    • Kendra

      Just FYI, I don’t recommend getting massages for anyone unless you know they have gotten, would want, or enjoy massages. Some people (like myself) don’t want to be touched by strangers…..ever.

      • Megan Zander

        I’m with you on this, the idea of laying almost naked while a stranger touches me and I don’t know that they are going to do next? Hard pass.

      • RW

        The thing is though, that if you have a skilled massage therapist, it’s very professional and they don’t make you feel subconscious or vulnerable. the first visit is hard when you don’t know what to expect, but it’s soooo worth it in the end. I go and see sports massage specialist, and dude has changed my life. I’ve been to the odd massage before, and short of feeling good while their working that was about it. But chiropractics was only taking me so far, so my chiro recommended this guy. turns out he’s a pro at finding problems and working on them, and the difference after just one session with him is staggering. Even when he’s massaging personal areas – butt, hips, inner thigh muscles, pecs, etc – I have never once felt uncomfortable or in any way sexually exposed. It’s all business, and it’s conveyed in his touch.

        So I’m just saying, while the concept seems super exposing and uncomfortable, it’s really not (with a good therapist), and the results are incredible. I saw him more during and post-pregnancy than before!

      • Kelly

        Yeah, I have the same problem. I recognize that it’s a really nice gesture but I can’t use it. Fortunately, I’ve been able to gift it to someone else when it’s happened.

      • RW

        This is a good point – I was going to send a friend for a massage for her birthday, but when the topic casually came up in conversation I found out that she flat out refuses to go anywhere where strangers will touch her, be it massage, manicure, anything. Good thing I hadn’t bought it yet!

    • Kay_Sue

      I second all of this. All of this. Wholeheartedly.

      The best gift I got for my baby shower with my first was a pair of Victoria Secret pajamas (not the sexy kind–the comfy ones) from my cousin. She is brilliant, and they made their way into that hospital bag, and the next. They are pretty much warn out now…but there was no beating them in their heyday.

      • Valerie

        I lurve my comfy VS jammies. Long-sleeved and cotton and wonderful for cold NY winter nights!

      • Kay_Sue

        I love the three piece ones, because the hoodies are comfortable enough for me to sleep in and the tank’s are cool enough for the summers. It’s a win-win. :)

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        Pics?

      • Valerie

        Only for my Skype friends, sorrrrry.

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        :(

      • Valerie

        I think real_george_clooney needs to join.

      • Megan Zander

        He’s probably already on. Tech god. In fact, didn’t he invent skype?

      • Valerie

        I do always feel like we are being watched.

        Quick, stop talking about bewbs!

      • @Real_George_Clooney

        Ignore the sporadic glitches and continue…

      • Valerie

        Holy crap, we DID have glitches this morning- she said it looked like i was away but ive been signed on all day!
        #conspiracy

      • @Real_George_Clooney
      • Valerie

        I’m officially wary of you.

      • Megan Zander

        We really did have issues this morning and blamed you. I was going to ask you, but I didnt know what username to search and typing in Butts seemed like a bad idea.

      • Valerie

        Like the time I Googled MILF gifs. I’m still recovering.

    • JamesRGarcia

      Just had a flash of brillance- you could duct-tape those car washing cloths that soak up everything to the innards of your legs and groin. Or wrap them with strips from a Smart Mop. Like a mummy. http://num.to/4788-8183-4688

    • Jessica

      Pedicure!

    • ALE515

      A couple weeks ago, I had a prenatal massage. It was heavenly! I seriously want to go back, but must wait until this baby comes out….

      • Jennifer Freeman

        I had one when I was pregnant and it was so worth it! Lady was a little kooky, though. She made a big show of not massaging my ankles because she claims there are pressure points there that will send you into labor. Bitch, please! My ankles were swollen as hell and besides, if those pressure points actually existed, pregnant ladies everywhere would be massaging them all day, every day.

    • Music Mamma

      I would add 13. A nap and 14. Everyone to shut up

    • rrlo

      Sorry to hijack ths but Ugh I am five days past my due date people. Tell me what to do to get labouring… I have induction booked on Monday – so there is that,

    • keetakat

      If you’re anything like me, you will not look like the girl in the yoga pants during or right after pregnancy, but I do love me some yoga pants.