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5 Gifts NOT to Get a Pregnant Woman

By Danielle |

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Lets face it… Sometimes Christmas time comes and there are some seriously difficult people to shop for. I know I go through this every year with my own husband. If he doesn’t want some kind of high tech flat screen television that he can only dream about, it is a mystery what to get him.

While I think I have it down this year, there are a lot of shoppers out there who have a pregnant woman to shop for. Unfortunately for the pregnant woman on your list this year, you will probably come up with a gift that reminds her that she has swollen feet, a bladder control problem, or can’t fit into the clothes she really wants to be wearing.

Which is where I come in today. I have been thinking about the gifts I would never want to get for Christmas, and I put a couple of them together in a list as… advice for those of you shopping for that pregnant woman in your life.

1. Never get a pregnant woman maternity clothes for Christmas. Whether she is three months along or ready to pop, she is not going to want something she just may never use again. On top of that, it is a reminder that of all her clothes she knows and loves do not fit right now. Save yourself the trouble and skip the Motherhood Maternity wear!

2. Pickles – Really?  I know some people are tempted to make a funny joke come Christmas time, but buying a giant jar of pickles may seriously put her over the edge.  Let’s remember, she isn’t Snooki!  (Just a side note, I know someone this happened to!  Talk about ruining the holiday!)

3. A gift for the baby. If you want to buy a gift for the baby, that is one thing, but do not disguise it as a gift for Mom. They are two different people! She doesn’t need anymore reminders that she is being lumped together with the baby constantly.

4. Cleaning materials for when nesting sets in. There is nothing worse than friends and family members encouraging a half crazed preggo to partake in cleaning her house from head to toe like a lunatic when nesting sets in. I am sure she will get that all accomplished on her own!

5. Novelty baby items. She doesn’t need a candle that says “its a boy” or a picture frame for her sonogram pictures. Most pregnant women already have these things, or will get them at their baby shower, which these kinds of gifts are clearly more appropriate for.

Overall, just shop for her like you would if she wasn’t pregnant!  Maybe skip the alcohol, or bungie jumping lessons, but just use common sense!  We don’t need anymore hormonal meltdowns than she is going to have this holiday season already!

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0 thoughts on “5 Gifts NOT to Get a Pregnant Woman

  1. Janetta says:

    I got a bathroom scale…

  2. kat says:

    I was kinda annoyed that both my MIL and Mom both got me caffeinated tea when I was staying away from caffeine as I was having bad morning sickness and was (of course) pregnant. I am enjoying it now though!

  3. Tina says:

    I actually liked getting Maternity clothes for Christmas. I needed more but didn’t want to buy them for myself. Though I was bummed that my brother bought *me* and outfit for my fetus as my Christmas present.

    The PJs that would fit “after the baby’s born” were a real insult :( They still don’t fit.

  4. MotherUnexpected says:

    I would have loved that stuff, but I also loved pregnancy stuff (and anything that helped the swollen feet, achy back, etc. were more than welcome). My favorite gifts weren’t necessarily for the baby, but for me to cherish things of my baby. A keepsake train. Sadly, I don’t like much of the same things that I did before I was pregnant that I did during an after. The best course of action may just simply be to ask.

  5. Laura says:

    I received 3 bottles of wine for christmas while pregnant. I don’t even like wine normally… My inlaws are a little insensitive.

  6. Diane says:

    My husband asked me if I wanted a bathroom scale so I could keep track of how much weight I gained. =(

  7. WildernessBarbie says:

    I hope people keep in mind that not all pregnant women as as insecure about the realities of being pregnant as the author. A very nice pair of slacks, a professional outfit for work, a roomy coat that she can still wear post-baby… if she needs them and would like them and maybe wouldn’t spend that much money on it herself, that sounds like the perfect Christmas gift to me! I have a walk in closet of clothes that don’t fit, and that doesn’t bother me as much as the relatively small amount of clothes that I have that I DO fit into and have to make do with. Another nice sweater or the like would be nice (7 months pregnant right now).

    If I’d had cravings for something weird (like Mango chutney) and several people got me a jar to go with a “real” present, I’d think it was funny, and possibly a life saver some night when suddenly hungry.

    I do agree with 3-5 though, unless #4 is a very nice Dyson vacuum or the like that you know she’d really want. Depends on the woman, but I’m the type who loves the power tools, Swiss Army knife, and Kitchen Aid mixer I got for presents.

  8. Sarah says:

    I do believe we are all different. That’s what’s great. I normally don’t like clothing other people pick out for me. Pickles would be funny. This year my husband as a joke got me tons of diet coke ( I don’t even drink the stuff), Mentos (do I have bad breath?) and this weird plastic tube with a string… needless to say after he told me what it was we went outside with our 3 year old and had a blast playing!
    I love to clean, I don’t think the nesting feeling left once I delivered our 1st baby who’s now 3.5! I’d love a new vacuum, he can get one for any holiday, I wouldn’t mind! I also don’t mind being described as the incubator and receiving gifts for the baby. I’m a mom, I love showering my child(ren) with gifts!

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