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Did a friend or family member recently announce she is pregnant and you want to surprise her with a gift but don’t know what to give her? What about a DIY Pregnancy Survival Kit stocked with all the essentials that the Mama-to-Be needs to get her through those first few months of pregnancy?
I’ve pulled some of my favorite essential items and put them together into a gift basket for a friend who just announced she’s pregnant! It includes some of the things she knows she’ll need like prenatal vitamins along with a few things that she hasn’t even thought of yet like antacids and a nightlight for all those middle of the night trips to the bathroom. Keep reading to see everything I put in this gift basket and why!Prenatal Vitamins and a Pill Organizer
First and foremost, prenatal vitamins and a pill organizer! Doctors recommend taking prenatal supplements for both maternal and fetal health. Nature Made® reached out to me to be their brand ambassador for their Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. softgels and of course I said yes because I absolutely love working with brands I’ve previously used! I took Nature Made® Prenatal supplements during my twin pregnancy and plan to take them for Baby #3 as well.
Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. vitamins are a one per day dosage and an easy-to-swallow softgel. This is great, because it is sometimes really hard to swallow a pill and keep it down during those early months (see the water bottle and saltine crackers below). So when I was choosing which prenatal to add to this Pregnancy Survival Kit, I, of course, ordered a 5-month supply of Nature Made® Prenatal vitamins from Sam’s Club for a great price!Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA softgels have a clinically proven absorption of folic acid and iron. They provide essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3 and provide 200mg of DHA which may help support fetal brain and eye development.† Folic Acid is an important B Vitamin for pregnant women, because it plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system and adequate folic acid in healthful diets may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a neural tube defect.†
Antacids and Sensitive Toothpaste
I had never really experienced heart burn until pregnancy! In the beginning, I got really bad back heart burn (where you feel it in your back and shoulders) from eating tomatoes and drinking anything carbonated and in the end, I was having severe reflux (thanks to a belly full of babies) so antacids were my best friend!
And, I also experienced some pregnancy gingivitis where my gums were inflammed and swollen thanks to all that extra blood I was making and sometimes my teeth would hurt when I would eat or drink something cold, so I quickly switched to a sensitive toothpaste and extra soft toothbrush. Sleep Mask and Nightlight
When I was pregnant with the twins, the fatigue that hit during those first few months was so severe that I didn’t need a sleep mask because I could sleep in the middle of the day with all the curtains open and my husband making loud noises as he packed up the house while prepping for our move. I was out. There was no waking me up. I didn’t need the sleep mask, but it was nice to have one and I still use it when I get to take a mid-morning or mid-afternoon nap while the babies nap.
Also, towards the end of the pregnancy, I had to put a nightlight in the bathroom for all those late night bathroom visits. Mostly, I was worried about tripping over the cat who would often get up with me. Towards the end, I was so big and unbalanced that it would be dangerous if she tripped me, so I really needed to be able to see.
Water Bottle, Ginger Candy, and Saltine Crackers
When you’re pregnant, you have to stay hydrated! It’s hard to keep drinking water all day, so a water bottle helps keep track of how much you’ve had to drink and how much water you need to drink before the end of the day. Plus, you need water on hand to take those prenatal supplements! I highly recommend a HydroFlask water bottle with a straw cap.
And saltine crackers helped me get the prenatal vitamins down and helped them stay down during those first few months. I had a little routine where I would eat two saltines, take my vitamins, pills, and supplements, and then eat another saltine. I don’t know why, but it worked!Face Masks
Pregnancy glow? Not for me in the beginning! I had some terrible acne flair up at first thanks to all those new hormones. They finally regulated towards the end of my pregnancy and I had beautiful skin for a few months, but by then I was getting so little sleep because I was so uncomfortable and had to pee all the time that I got dark circles under my eyes. Can’t win! But face masks helped and even if they didn’t do a thing at least I was spending 10-15 minutes on myself for some self-care!Comfy Pajamas and Slippers
I pretty much lived in comfy pjs and slippers while at home during my pregnancy. However, pro tip from this twin mom, as I got bigger the comfy pjs eventually turned into men’s extra-large sized tee-shirts and sweats since those were the only things that fit me comfortably (loosely) that didn’t cost a ton of money since they’re not considered “maternity!”
Here’s a link to my favorite slippers (not shown). I got them about 6 months ago and I wish I had had them during my pregnancy because carrying all that weight was a lot on my poor feet and they needed better slipper support.
Magazines, a Netflix Gift Card, and a Baby Name Book
I wasn’t put on bed rest, but I also wasn’t super active during those last few months. I highly recommend a Netflix gift card for binge watching tv shows, or a subscription to a pregnancy, motherhood, or Parents magazine to help pass the time. Also, a baby name book is fun! I love this one, it’s a bit cheeky, but nearly ALL of my friends’ kids’ names are in it, and I’m embarrassed to admit it, both of my own kids.
And finally, here’s the DIY pom pom bunting garland I made to decorate the basket which my friend can reuse in the baby’s nursery as a little pop of color on the wall! Plus, I made sure to put together this Pregnancy Survival Kit within a soft fabric basket that she can eventually use in her baby nursery to possibly store diaper changing essentials, toys, bibs, or hair bows.
Other items to possibly include in a gift basket?
- Baby or Pregnancy Books
- Movie DVDs about Pregnancy or Motherhood
- Baby or Pregnancy Journal
- Frame for the Sonogram Photos
- Cocoa Butter or Stretch Mark Cream
- Jar of Pickles
- Gift Card for Ice Cream
I took Nature Made® Prenatal Vitamins during my twin pregnancy along with an extra Nature Made® Folic Acid supplement and Nature Made® Calcium supplement per my doctor’s recommendations. If your friend or family member is pregnant or pregnant with twins, she should discuss any extra vitamins and supplements she should be taking with her doctor.
Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA softgels have a clinically proven absorption of folic acid and iron. They provide essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3 and provide 200mg of DHA which may help support fetal brain and eye development.† Folic Acid is an important B Vitamin for pregnant women, because it plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system and adequate folic acid in healthful diets may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a neural tube defect.†
Again, I purchased my Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. softgels online from Sam’s Club, but you can also find them in-store along with several other items you may want for your Pregnancy Survival Kit Gift Basket. You can also find any other pregnancy or pre-pregnancy related items you may need such as antacids or sensitive toothpaste.
Did you miss last month’s delicious Pineapple Ginger Smoothie recipe? And come back next month for my Nature Made® brand ambassador post where I’ll be discussing the possibility of having more kids which includes facing infertility again, the fear of having twins again, and why we want to add another kiddo to our family!
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.