Thoughtful Pregnancy & Postpartum Gifts
Preparing for the birth of a child is an exciting time in any mother’s life, but it is also often fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. A mother’s needs come second to her baby and yet the care and attention she requires is just as great during the healing period after giving birth. From comforting treats to practical items to help support and ease her into the transition of motherhood, we wanted to share some of our favourite thoughtful pregnancy and postpartum gifts.
Wheat Bag – Blästa Henriët
Growing a little person can take its toll on your body but using a Wheat Bag is a safe and natural way to relieve pain and discomfort. These Wheat Bags are made from Oeko-Tex certified linen and made in the UK from sustainably sourced materials. From pregnancy and labour right through into the fourth trimester, the Wheat Bag is an invaluable tool to help with common symptoms of pregnancy and your recovery. Not only can a Wheat Bag be heated to offer comfort during contractions and pelvic pains, it can also be cooled and applied to swollen joints and feet. Read more about the healing period for mothers after giving birth here.
Postpartum Herbal Bath Soak – By Mum Bub Hub
Mum Bub Hub have carefully created a blend of herbs to help soothe tender perineum tissues and aching muscles after birth. This purposeful blend also helps to restore a sense of wellbeing and balance whilst supporting the skin’s natural healing process. Taking precious moments to recuperate alone and honour your body for the miracle that it has produced is an important part in the journey of motherhood; and a therapeutic soak is a good place to start. There are fewer things more relaxing than climbing into a warm bath, but we understand that this can be a scary prospect after giving birth. If a bath is a step too far, then you can also use the warm infusion in a peri bottle for a soothing herbal rinse or in a shallow sitz bath.
Birthing Mama is a fantastic gift for any mum-to-be that is about to embark on the journey to motherhood. This book offers a relaxed, holistic approach to the transformative experience of pregnancy and offers week-by-week reflections, wellness recipes, yoga and more. Author Corrine Andrews guides you through the nine-month journey, focussing on mind, body and spirit, and creates an empowering read full of self-discovery and celebration.
Finding a pregnancy safe oil that you want to continue using after the baby arrives is a surprisingly difficult task. The quick-dry botanical belly oil from Hatch supports skin as it stretches during pregnancy and beyond and leaves your skin feeling hydrated without having to wait around for it to sink in (we’ve all been there!). This beautiful blend of calming botanicals is free of parabens, phthalates, dyes and fragrance as well as being plant-derived, vegan and gluten-free.
Tired and dry eyes are common symptoms of pregnancy, and as any new parent knows, having a new baby can drastically affect your sleep pattern. Our Eye Pillow is a versatile tool to help soothe tired eyes, deepen relaxation, aid sleep and block out unwanted light. The Eye Pillows can also be used as a warm compress to naturally ease pain such as migraines, cramps, earache and mastitis. For tired and puffy eyes, chill your Eye Pillow in the freezer and gently apply to reduce swelling.
Comfort is key and so this tried and tested merino wool bra is a pregnancy and nursing staple. With a double layer of fabric in the cups for extra support and warmth as well as a wrap over front, this bra provides easy access for nursing - but don’t be surprised if you continue to wear it long after you’ve stopped!
Sometimes all a mum really needs is a support system, a listening ear and kind, encouraging words. A card to remind her that she is not alone and that she’s doing a great job goes a long way. Gemma Koomen designs the most beautiful cards to brighten someone’s day.
Coping with tiredness and sleep deprivation is one of the hardest things to navigate as a parent. The late night snuggles and early hour feeds can be made that little bit more manageable with creature comforts. Slipping into a cosy pair of slippers at 3am can offer a well-deserved slice of luxury and these merino wool slippers from Celtic Sheepskin fit the bill perfectly.
Lavender oil is often used in aromatherapy due to its calming and healing properties, so pregnancy and the postpartum period is a good time to explore this. Our Lavender Mist can be used to reduce stress, spritzed onto your pillow to aid sleep, and improve mood; a blessing for any new parent. The Lavender Mist can also be sprayed onto your Wheat Bag or Eye Pillow to encourage relaxation at a time when you need it most.