Have you ever noticed that after your dear friend tells you she is pregnant, suddenly the Target baby clothes aisle starts to look a lot more interesting. But you have to wait so long for her baby shower and you are itching to buy something cute and fuzzy now!
With all the changes your girlfriend is going through, she will probably appreciate an early gift. What better way to honor her than putting together a pregnancy survival kit full of all the things that will help her be more comfortable throughout her pregnancy journey.
When I was pregnant, I really just wanted to nap. However, there were a few little things that helped make my pregnancy enjoyable. If you haven’t experienced the miraculous physical challenge that is pregnancy, here’s a list of the little things that a pregnant woman needs to survive (and oh how she will thank you for this DIY pregnancy gift basket!)
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What to add to a pregnancy survival kit for your expectant friend
1. Pregnancy Tea
The first thing newly pregnant moms need in their survival kit is something warm and soothing to drink. I am an avid coffee drinker and I completely gave this up during my first trimester. Every morning would feel a little bit empty without my coffee so I switched to tea.
Every survival kit needs pregnancy tea because it is multi-herbal and offers nutrients that support pregnant women through things like increasing uterine tone, cramps, and nausea.
2. Homemade Belly Butter
Anytime I make any sort of gift baskets, I am sure to throw in something homemade. Homemade items add so much more heart into a gift. If you have followed my content for any sort of time, you know I like to make a lot of my own beauty products.
I like knowing the ingredients being absorbed through my skin, especially in pregnancy. I started making my homemade belly butter for friends because I love it so much.
The ingredients are organic, all natural, and help to nourish skin while it’s doing all that stretching.
If you aren’t the DIY type I do really like and recommend the Earth Mama Belly Butter.
3. Ginger Candy
Another little comfort to add to your pregnancy survival kit is ginger candy. These little candies are so delicious and the ginger helps with nausea.
I used to keep them on my bedside table at night. When I woke up in the morning I popped one in my mouth and it helped keep the nausea at bay.
I love these ginger chews because they have only 3 ingredients, all made from real food.
4. Belly Band
Depending on when you find out your friend is pregnant, she may or may not still fit into her pants.
A belly band is a nifty contraption that allows you to wear your regular clothes for a little longer. To be honest, I was able to make it through almost half my pregnancy using a belly band.
If you are one of the lucky insiders who get to know a little early, a belly band is another great gift for expectant moms.
5. Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer
I love adding Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer to a pregnancy survival kit because let’s face it, we tend to be a little more paranoid about getting sick when we are expecting. The problem with most hand sanitizers are they contain ingredients like benzophenone-4 which have been proven to cause allergies (source) and vague ingredients like “fragrance.”
According to EWG’s SKIN DEEP, “the word ‘fragrance’ or ‘Parfum’ on a product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients which have a high risk for allergies and are immunotoxic.”
I like to add Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer to my DIY pregnancy gift basket when the pregnancy runs through cold and flu season because it’s made from all-natural, pregnancy safe ingredients.
6. Heating pad
Out of all the things that could provide comfort during pregnancy, I must say a heating pad is high up there on the gift list for expectant moms! I had an electronic heating pad and would use it to soothe my aching lower back. My heating pad helped me relax so I could sleep better too!
7. Epsom Salt
A bit of epsom salt is a perfect addition to any pregnancy survival kit. I took SO many epsom salt baths, especially during my last trimester when everything felt so stretched and uncomfortable. I always keep epsom salt in my house, so when I am making a gift basket for an expectant mom friend, I just throw some in a mason jar. This is another inexpensive goodie to add bulk to the gift basket and I know she will get a lot of use from it.
If your friend is a reader then she would probably appreciate a book in her pregnancy survival kit. I highly recommend the book Brain Rule for Baby by John Medina. This book is so helpful to read ahead of time, before you have a baby to take care of and still have time for reading. It is scientific in the explanations on how to nurture children and gives easy actionable tips. It even covers infant sleep and let’s face it, we want them to sleep!
9. Gift card for a pedicure
During pregnancy, there are a lot of things you aren’t supposed to do. You can’t drink wine, no more sushi nights, and forget about doing any kind of beloved sport that could cause trauma.
But you can (and should) get a pedicure because it’s OH SO relaxing! If you don’t have time to make homemade belly butter or your girlfriend hates to read, she will most definitely appreciate a pedicure and so will her swollen feet!
10. Snacks on the go
Last but not least, when making any kind of pregnancy gift basket, you need to have snacks! Pregnant moms will be hungry so I like to grab a box of Larabars to throw in their gift basket. I always opt for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor because it’s delicious but still quite nutritious!
Thanks for reading! I hope your DIY pregnancy survival kit makes someone special’s pregnancy special and much smoother.