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38+ Best Gifts for Pregnant Women (That Aren't for the Baby)

By Amy Morrison
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Looking for some of the best gifts for pregnant women? Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for the expecting mom in your life whether she’s a first time mom, a pregnant friend, a co-worker, or the mother of your child.

I’ve tried to find a good range so there’s a perfect gift for everyone while steering clear of items that might be on her baby registry. After all, this gift is for her and not the new baby.

Best Gifts for Pregnant Women

Traditional Harmony ball - unique gift idea for a pregnant woman

Harmony Ball Necklace

Traditionally, harmony balls have been used in Bali and Mexico. Pregnant women wear it on a long necklace during their pregnancy so the gentle chime soothes the baby in the womb as the mother moves. After the baby is born, mom wears it on a shorter necklace, so baby can play with it while nursing. It is supposed to be extra soothing because the baby associates with the familiar sound with what they heard in the womb. You can find this one on Etsy and an assortment of different styles here.

Best gifts for a pregnant friend: new mom wine labels

New Mom Wine Labels

If she’s ready to pop with the champagne corks of New Year’s, then how about these wine labels to stick on her favorite vino? Find them on Etsy.

Strong Like a Mother Shirt

“Like A Mother” T-Shirt

The important thing about this shirt is that you get to give her a gift that implies an f-bomb without her grandmother noticing. Amazon.

letters to my baby

Letters to My Baby

She can write letters for her new baby to read when they are older, which is bound to be a mix of beautiful and hilarious. You can buy it here. (They also have a Letters to My Grandchild version if you need a gift for a keen Grandparent.)

Bird Style Box Subscription

There is something special about having nice clothes that actually fit your body. This clothing rental service delivers fresh styles right to your doorstep and once you're finished with them, you send them right back. You can keep swapping as many times as you like, so there's always something to wear. You can see our review to find out more or buy a gift here.

microwave heat neck wrap

Neck Heat Wrap

Heat in the microwave for comforting warmth or chill in the freezer for soothing cool. It’s one of those things that will come in handy long past pregnancy. You can find them on Etsy.

silicone rings for pregnancy

Enso Rings

This company makes very cool flexible silicone rings to help with those lovely sausage fingers you can get when you’re an expecting mother. You can get one that looks close to a metal wedding band or get fun colorful ones for stacking – they even have Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Disney collaborations. Either way, they won’t have to be cut off your hand because your fingers swelled up like a balloon. You can find them on their site and on Amazon.

copper pearl multi-cover over car seat

Multi-use cover

This nifty piece of stretchy fabric can act as a car seat cover to keep your baby warm or cool, depending on the weather. You can still access the carrying handle and your baby gets some airflow. Take it off and use it as a nursing cover. (My friend used hers as an emergency skirt once.) You can find them on the Copper Pearl site and on Amazon.


This will get a good laugh until she has to pick up a sock off the floor and she realizes the brilliance of these. Amazon.

The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People

I wish this book had existed when I was having my kids. At least I now have a default baby shower gift for pretty much anyone with a well-tuned sense of humor! It’s real life made funny. You can pick it up on Amazon.

curvd earplugs with case

Curvd Noise Reducing Earplugs

Curvd earplugs don't block out noise as much as they dull it. I am super sensitive to sound and found that babies are equipped with a decibel of noise that is much louder than what is necessary for me to jump into action. I honestly think I had something like this during my pregnancy insomnia (to block out my husband's snoring), the Purple Crying Period, and the screeching toddler stage, I would have had an easier time. Come to think of it; I should probably wear these all the time. You can find them on the Curvd site and on Amazon.

countdown to mama box

Curated Spa Box

This shop on Etsy makes these gorgeous personalized gift boxes filled with organic skincare, bath salts, soy candles, etc that can be customized to the celebration or the person. All the essentials for a relaxation and self-care retreat. You can find them on Etsy.

heat neck and back massager for pregnancy

Neck and Back Massager Massage Pillow

Talk about a great gift for pregnant women. A heated massager for lower back pain and many of the aches that come with motherhood. You can shop it on Amazon.

Gifts for Pregnant Women: Eating for Two Fork Pregnancy Gift Idea

“Eating for Two” Fork

Wrap this up with a sheet cake and you’ll be the hero of the day. Etsy.

Best gifts for pregnant women: funny pregnancy shirt don't eat the watermelon seeds

Don’t Eat Watermelon Seeds Shirt

Humorous, and she can totally freak out the neighbor kids. You can find this one on Etsy. Also, check out 21 Funny Maternity T-Shirts That’ll Make You Giggle if you’re looking for a fun tee.

compression socks

Compression Socks

If I say “compression socks” what do you think of? I think of someone’s grandfather in calf-length black pantyhose. VIM & VIGR makes these cute knee-highs with fun patterns. (Here’s a post on why compression socks are so awesome during pregnancy – hello swollen ankles.) You can find a nice selection on Amazon.

pregnancy activity cards

Scratch Off Activity Cards

This card game was created by a group of moms who wanted to do more activities while pregnant but didn't know what to do. The deck includes 35 fun, silly, and adventurous ideas that can be done all while keeping everyone safe. The cost to complete the majority of the activities ranges from Free - $50. You can find them on Amazon.

woman in nursing pajamas holding her baby

Kindred Bravely Pajamas and Loungewear

The ginormous part of pregnancy only lasts a few months. A few, seemingly never-ending, months. So maybe go with something that can pull double duty through pregnancy and into postpartum? I wanted nothing more after expelling an entire human than to curl up in some cozy jammies (and mesh underpants). Shown here is the sleep bra paired with the everyday joggers. (Be sure to use the code PREGNANTCHICKEN15 to get 15% off!)

lucky iron fish and leaf next to jar of water with straw

Lucky Iron Leaf or Fish

Okay, so iron deficiency isn’t sexy, but it sure is common in pregnant people. The Lucky Iron Leaf or Fish is an easy safe way to add iron to your food or water without changing the taste and releases between 5 and 10mg of iron per use. You can read more about it here or pick one up on Amazon.

A Little Something for Mama-to-Be gift set

Earth Mama Gift Set

This set called A Little Something for Mama-to-Be!, has five travel-sized products from Earth Mama’s amazing line. It includes Ginger Fresh Deodorant, Morning Wellness Castile Body Wash, Belly Butter, Belly Oil, and an Orange Ginger Lip Balm. You can pick up the set on the Earth Mama site.

Morse Code Bracelet

These can be customized with names and phrases to make them super personal, whether it's 'mom', 'mama', a child's name, etc. You can find them on Etsy.

pregnant woman rolling up a Totter & Tumble Mat

Totter & Tumble Mat

If you're shopping for someone who loves yoga, pilates or meditation, these mats are frickin' gorgeous! They have reversible designs and are made out of 1.3cm thick memory foam. They also double as a child's play mat for soft, non-head-bonking play once the baby arrives. You can find them on the Totter & Tumble site.

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Defrost Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Defrost Slow Cooker

This slow cooker can defrost and cook food safely without overcooking. Set it to the desired temperature, insert the probe and it will automatically shift to warm when food is ready. Pair this with some amazing frozen prep meals and you have an incredible gift for someone having a baby. (Frankly, I would love this gift too.) You can find it on Amazon.

pregnant woman sleeping with pregnancy pillow

Pregnancy Pillow

There is a good reason pregnancy pillows show up on every “best gifts for pregnant women” list. They are magic. This one from PharMeDoc is nice because it gives a lot of support for her back, bump and legs but doesn't take over the whole bed. Many readers have also said that a regular body pillow was a favorite too. You can find a good assortment at Target and Amazon.

row of colorful Tieks shoes


These gorgeous shoes are crafted by unicorns somewhere and they are surprisingly comfy. Plus, they make you look pulled together even when you aren’t. They have a cult-like following – just type #teiks on Instagram and Oprah loves these shoes. OPRAH! You can check them out here.

Optimist Botanicals' no alcohol gin, vodka and tequila

Optimist Botanicals' No Alcohol Spirits

Optimist Botanicals make these no alcohol spirits, free of sugar, sodium, additives, calories and carbs. Bright is reminiscent of a lemony vodka, Fresh tastes more like a gin, and Smokey is more like a tequila. You can shop them all here.

The Birth Ball

Birth balls can be a great relief to aching hips during pregnancy and alleviate back pain. I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t have survived the newborn stage without one (or three). I'd strap my baby into a carrier and bounce him to sleep – every damn night for months. This kit includes an extra thick birth ball, a guide with trimester specific exercises, non-slip socks, a go-bag and a quick inflating hand pump. You can find it on the Birth Ball site and on Amazon.

Note: feel free to buy any exercise ball but be really careful that it's good quality. You don't want a ball blowout under a person carrying or holding a baby.

As You Grow memory book

As You Grow: Memory Book

The gender-neutral artwork with guided sections provides space for every family to record moments from pregnancy to age five. Amazon.

moving totesavvy insert from one bag to another


If you're shopping for someone who really loves their designer bags, this is a removable organizer insert that makes any bag a diaper bag. The original version includes 11 pockets – including an insulated pocket – key clasp, and a washable changing mat. You can find them on the ToteSavvy site and on Amazon.

drinking for two book

Drinking for Two

It has 45+ delicious, plant-based mocktail recipes carefully crafted to deliver essential nutrients and antioxidants and targets common pregnancy symptoms. Amazon.

Back and Neck Massager Tool

This handy gadget may look a little like a hybrid plant hanger and torture device but it's good at reaching those hard-to-get back knots. Amazon.

Pregnant woman silhouette - mother's day gifts pregnant

Custom Pregnancy Silhouette

Simply send a photo of her pregnant profile and they will email you back a printable .jpeg file. This would be so sweet in a nice picture frame – just note which size you order. Buy it on Etsy.

four custom pregnancy ice creams

Premium Ice Cream Collection

The folks at eCreamery make this delicious premium ice cream collection. Each handcrafted pint is named with a special title and makes tasty gifts for pregnant women. Buy them here.

Mama Mug

I mean, c’mon. Who on the planet won’t sing along to this sucker? You can buy it on Etsy and on Amazon.

pregnant woman lying on inflatable maternity pillow


This is an inflatable maternity pillow raft with a hole to lie on your stomach during pregnancy. The holo can be used on land or water and is great for when you just want to relax and want to lie on your tummy. You can buy it here on Amazon.

Ember Mug

A running joke in the parenting world is how often you have to reheat coffee and/or forget it in the microwave. Ember Mugs allow you to set and maintain your preferred drinking temperature for hot beverages. You can find them here.

If you're looking for a more affordable option, I own this mug warmer and it's amazing.

proper good box opened with package of soup being lifted out

Proper Good Bundle

One of the last things I wanted to do when I was pregnant or home with a newborn was cook and it's often difficult to find healthy food that is also convenient.

Proper Good makes good-for-you meals with whole ingredients, no chemical preservatives and functional ingredients such as grass-fed bone broth and turmeric. Their unique packaging allows you to store your unopened meals at room temperature (no need for refrigeration or freezing) making healthy eating quick and easy, wherever you need it. They also have keto, vegan and gluten-free meals. I was a big fan of the oatmeal packs. You can put a bundle together here.

What do you think are the best pregnancy gifts?

Let me know in the comments!

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