Valentine's Day

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Here's What Pregnant Women Actually Want For Valentine's Day

When you’re expecting, nothing says romance like a robe and a pair of cozy slippers.

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It’s no secret that pregnancy comes with a lot of aches, pains, nausea, cravings, and all kinds of other interesting side effects. While the baby at the end certainly makes it all worth it, it’s not an easy ride, but you can show some love and appreciation for her with the right Valentine’s gift for your pregnant wife. Whether she could use a little relaxation, loves all things sugary-sweet, or could use some kind of distraction from getting kicked in the ribs all day long, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to get her what she needs.

Traditional Valentine’s Day gifts like chocolate and flowers are always appreciated, no matter what stage of life you’re in, but when you’re shopping for Valentine’s gifts for your pregnant wife, a little extra thought goes a long way. For instance, an assorted chocolate box may go over well every year, but this year, consider a curated box with flavors you know she loves (or craves), making sure there isn’t anything she has an aversion to included in the mix. This is also a great time to stray a bit from traditional; if she’s not up to a fancy date night then gift her with everything she needs for an at-home spa day instead. Even a bag of her favorite Jelly Belly flavors will be extra special if that's her craving of the day.

Not sure what to get the mama-to-be in your life? Here are some great Valentine’s gift ideas for pregnant women to help you get started.

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A Bath Bomb

There’s nothing that can soothe an aching body like a hot bath, and a bath is a whole lot more relaxing (and entertaining) with a good bath bomb. To really play up the romance of Valentine’s Day, consider getting her this one which is appropriately called “Sex Bomb.” It’s made with a mix of jasmine, ylang ylang oil, and clary sage oil that relaxes, soothes, and serves as a slight aphrodisiac. If she’s not in the mood for that kind of romance, no problem, there are plenty of other great bombs that can help her relax, moisturize, or just enjoy a show of colors and glitter while she soaks.


A Pair Of Soft Slippers

One of the best Valentine’s gifts for pregnant wives is a really nice pair of soft slippers. She can wear them now while it’s cold outside as well as throughout the rest of her pregnancy (the bigger her belly gets, the harder it is on her feet). Then, once the baby comes, she’ll have something easy to slip on and off at the hospital and some cozy shoes to walk around the house during those overnight feedings. There is no shortage of great slipper options to choose from, too, like these Birkenstock Zermatt Genuine Shearling Lined Slippers that are made from wool and lined with shearling for ultimate warmth and comfort.


A Cozy Robe

A robe is another gift that she can enjoy throughout pregnancy, will be very useful during labor, delivery, and in those first few weeks the baby is home, and can continue to be worn for years to come. The Gabriella Cozy Robe is super soft, breathable, and has deep pockets where she can store her phone or anything else she wants to keep nearby. If this one isn’t her style, that’s okay because you don’t need to purchase a maternity-specific robe, you just need to make sure you order it in a size that will fit her growing belly (it’s always better to have too much room than not enough).


A Map Of Where You Met

Truth be told, this is a gift that would be appreciated whether she’s pregnant or not, but thanks to all of those pregnancy hormones this romantic gesture could be perceived as extra sweet. It’s a 4x4 custom miniature hand cut map of a location of your choosing. The place where you met would be a wonderful choice, but you could also opt for where you had your first date, where you two got engaged, or any other spot that’s meaningful to you. You can opt to get just the map and frame it yourself, or have it framed by the Etsy shop owner so that all you have to do is wrap it up for Valentine’s Day.


A New Piece Of Jewelry

Maternity clothes can get really old after a while, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to add some new pieces to her wardrobe if she’s only weeks away from her due date. In this case, a new piece of jewelry can bring some new life to her style now and still be something she can enjoy long after the baby has arrived. These handmade thin gold leaf bangles would make for a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift, because they can go with just about anything, whether it’s a casual look or something a little more dressed up. You can opt to purchase just a single bangle or get a set of three for a stacked look.


A Thoughtful Card

Not everyone is super into Valentine’s Day, and if you and your wife don’t really celebrate the holiday, it’s still a good idea to get something to acknowledge the day (especially if she’s carrying your baby). In most cases, a sweet card will be more than enough to show her you care, and there’s always extra room inside a card for you to write a note to make sure she knows how much you love and appreciate her. Greeting cards aren’t hard to come by this time of year, but it’s important to take your time to find a card that’s just right for your relationship. Instead of just popping into the card aisle while you’re at the grocery store, consider getting something like this handmade Valentine’s Day love card from Etsy, which offers more of a personal touch.


A Moisturizing Stick

The winter months can quickly dry out your skin, but when you’re pregnant it’s even worse because, even on the most humid day, as your belly stretches it can quickly dry out and get itchy, so the extra dry winter can be brutal. The Mother Mother Balm Bar is designed to help alleviate some of that discomfort though, and it can be spread all over the belly as well as any other dry skin on the body. It’s made with a blend of moisturizing ingredients like cocoa seed butter, mango seed butter, avocado oil, shea butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, and more.


Quality Maternity Jeans

Maternity clothes aren’t typically a long-term investment, and if the mom-to-be in your life is super budget-conscious she may try to get by on as few articles of maternity clothing as possible, so a really nice pair of maternity jeans could be a real treat for her. These maternity over-the-belly skinny jeans from Madewell are made with quality materials that will last and have just the right amount of stretch to keep her comfy without losing their shape. The belly band offers support during the second and third trimesters and ensures the pants stay put as her tummy grows. They’re a true maternity clothing luxury.


Valentine’s Day-Worthy Nail Polish

If she loves a good manicure or pedicure (or both), gift her with a bottle of Chanel’s Le Vernis nail polish. It’s formulated to provide protection and to strengthen and improve the quality of nails over time. It’s also made for longwear, so she won’t have to deal with it chipping off in a matter of days, and the brush is shaped to evenly apply the polish to each nail. While red is the classic choice for Valentine’s Day, if that’s not her color then that’s okay, because there’s a huge selection of other colors in pretty much every shade from pink to blue to white to green to shimmer and more.


Holiday-Appropriate Candy

If she’s been craving candy this pregnancy, then give the lady what she wants and gift her with some yummy gourmet Valentine’s Day treats. While you can of course stick with the traditional box of chocolates, if you want to switch it up consider something like these cinnamon gummy hearts. They come in a 10-oz bag with a cute red bow tied on top for a little extra Valentine’s Day touch, and you can either purchase a single pack or a set of two. One important note; they are made in a facility with known allergens, so if she has a food allergy, it’s best to skip this treat.


Chocolate Truffles

For a treat that’s a little more indulgent (but equally sweet and delicious), consider gifting your Valentine with some of these homemade dark chocolate raspberry truffles. One order comes with 16 truffles that have a dusting of cocoa powder on top and a hint of raspberry flavor thanks to the all-organic raspberry jam the shop owner includes in the recipe. When they arrive, they’ll be packaged in little baggies tied with a bow. Oh, and if mom-to-be isn’t a fan of dark chocolate, just send the shop owner a note and request them in either milk or white chocolate instead.


Body & Haircare Gift Set

Instead of a day at the spa, get her everything she needs to have a little spa day at home. If you know what kind of skincare products she likes already, pick up a few refills for her, but if you aren’t sure, consider getting her a gift set that lets her try out a bunch of different products. The Drunk Elephant “The Littles” hair and body kit comes with 7 mini bottles of pregnancy safe hair and body treatments as well as a comb and a bag to put everything in. It includes 2-oz bottles of shampoo, conditioner, scalp scrub, tangle spray, body cleanser, and body lotion as well as a 1-oz bottle of deodorant cream. Every product is great for all skin types and is vegan friendly and cruelty-free


Book of the Month Subscription

If she’s an avid reader or could use something to distract her for the next few months, set her up with a Book of the Month subscription. Every month, she will get to choose from five popular books, including early releases, and a hard-copy of her choice will be delivered to her door. Then, four weeks later, she will get to do it all over again. What’s really great about this gift is that it will extend way beyond Valentine’s Day, and you can continue to renew it as many times as you’d like (it’s one of those wonderful gifts that keeps on giving).


Bump Care Kit

While a good moisturizer is great for offering some relief to an itchy, stretching baby bump, if you want to give her belly a little extra attention, consider giving her the Honest mama bump care kit for Valentine’s Day. It comes with four products that are created to make her growing bump a little more comfortable for mama. It includes “Rock the Bump Body Butter,” which moisturizes the skin (including stretch marks) for up to 24 hours, a 4.2-oz bottle of “Glow On Body Oil” to soothe the skin and give it a little extra glow, an 8-oz bottle of “Sweet Curves Body Lotion” that can be used all over the body and moisturizes the skin for up to 24 hours, and some “Chill Mom Soothing Jelly” which moisturizes while also offering a cooling sensation.


For the "Cool" Mom to Be

If she’s sitting there with swollen feet, exhausted, and feeling nauseous more often than not, then your wife may need a reminder that she’s “not like a regular mom” this Valentine’s Day, and this 8-oz soy wax Mean Girls candle will assure her she’s “a cool mom.” You can choose from more than 30 scents, all of which have a clean burn without soot or black smoke and burn for 50+ hours. If you want to add an extra message to the lid of the candle, just include a note to the shop owner at checkout and they will add it free of charge.


A Restful Sleep

Side sleeping doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but as you progress in pregnancy that’s pretty much the only option there is. If mom-to-be is struggling to get a restful sleep at night, then she could benefit from the Boppy Side Sleeper Pregnancy Pillow that offers “back and bump support” while she lays on her side. This is a great option for someone who doesn’t have the bed space for one of the huge body pillows because of its compact design. It has a contoured shape with a stretch panel so it will fit her body as her belly grows and it has a removable jersey cover that is machine washable.


Rainbow Baby Set

If your wife is carrying a rainbow baby, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful excuse to not only show her how much you love her, but to also celebrate your little miracle. A thoughtful gift that features a rainbow is the perfect way to do that, such as this sweet Rainbow gift set. It comes with a 16-oz matte coffee mug with a simple rainbow design that is both microwave and dishwasher safe as well as a pair of 16k gold plated ¼” rainbow-shaped earrings with sterling silver posts. Each piece is beautiful and meaningful, but also subtle, making them the perfect sentimental presents.


A Custom Floral Arrangement

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a bouquet of flowers, right? Whether she’s pregnant or not, a custom bouquet of her favorite flowers will certainly make the holiday a little sweeter. You can go to your local florist to have something pulled together, or if you’d rather keep it hassle-free, order a bouquet from Planting With P. Custom flower arrangements are available in three different sizes and you can request whatever three-color palette you’d like when you order the bouquet, so you’re sure to get an arrangement that’s perfect for her. This small florist ships nationwide, but for the freshest possible flowers, you’ll want to opt for next day shipping.

While it’s a good idea to put a lot of thought into Feb. 14 every year, it’s worth going above and beyond when it comes to buying a Valentine’s gift for your pregnant wife. Carrying a baby is tough work, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to show some extra appreciation.