Did you know from start to finish pregnancy actually lasts all of 10 months? Technically speaking, the full-term gestation of a human baby is 40 weeks. While many expecting moms don’t carry a full 40 weeks, most will most experience some climate of all seasons during their pregnancy.
If you know someone entering the last trimester this fall (turning 27 weeks in September, October, November), consider how the winter season might affect her comfort and safety. A recent Parents.com article offers some wintertime pregnancy tips. We’ve summarized and turned them into thoughtful baby shower gift ideas, drawing some ideas from our previous baby shower gift blogs:
Pretty toes isn’t the thinking here…circulation and mood are the main benefits. So even though she won’t be wearing sandals, get her a pedicure series gift certificate anyway.
Colder weather means more time to spend indoors catching up on nursery prep, reading and writing baby shower thank you notes. Send her a set of thank you notecards, some great books about motherhood and baby, or gift certificates for online nursery shopping.
Start with a few basic maternity clothing items: black pants, jeans and a great blazer. Add layering pieces like longer maternity tees and tanks to help stretch existing wardrobe items into the colder months before splurging on maternity sweaters. A good maternity coat may necessary, and consignment shops are a good place to start.
Trying out the hospital route ahead of time is important in preparation of possibly inclement weather. While this isn’t something you can do for her, you can give her a cute hospital bag pre-packed with goodies like cozy slippers, chapstick and hand lotion. Include a packlist like thebump.com’s hospital bag checklist.
Stock up her fridge with feel-good, freezable foods like soups, casseroles, and breads. Bring her luxury hot chocolate mixes to enjoy not just for taste, but for the benefits from antioxidants and calcium (when made with milk).
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