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Pregnancy Survival Kit (30+ Essentials for Mom & Dad)

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First of all, if you are pregnant and reading this post: congratulation mama! How exciting!

I remember how happy I was when I found out I was pregnant after months of fertility treatment. Nothing can describe that feeling of excitement (and a bit of fear) at the same time.

But that feeling can easily fade away when all the nasty pregnancy symptoms start: morning sickness, heartburn, back pain, sore breasts, etc. Pregnancy can be so beautiful and tough at the same time!

I honestly miss being pregnant, as in I miss the feeling of having a tiny baby growing inside of me and those little kicks reminding me of the little miracle every now and then. But at the same time I don’t miss it at all! I suffered from quite bad heartburn and the last trimester I could hardly sleep anymore.

Not to mention that pregnancy can be an emotional roller coaster, with all its hormonal changes and the unknowns of what’s to come, particularly for first-time parents. And the stress of organizing everything: from the nursery, to the baby shower, to the hospital bag for labor and delivery, etc.

The only reason I made it through with my sanity intact was thanks to all the things I have listed below. So, if you are looking for the perfect pregnancy survival kit to make it through pregnancy with a smile on your face and, literally “survive pregnancy”, then you have come to the right place! These were my pregnancy essential items, without which I swear I would have been miserable the whole time.

You’ll find a bit of everything here: from things that will help with the pain, to things that will make you laugh, or ideas on how to pamper yourself. Because surviving pregnancy is not just about killing your physical symptoms, such as nausea or back pain, but it’s also about your mental and emotional well-being.

You’ll also find some ideas for a pregnancy survival kit for dad (or partner). Let’s be honest, pregnancy is not a walk in the park for the partner either! And I am talking from experience here: my wife had our first daughter and I had the second one, so I walked in both shoes.

If you are not looking for yourself, but are looking for ideas for a pregnancy gift basket for a friend or family member instead, you will also find ideas at the bottom of this post.

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When to put together a Pregnancy Survival Kit

If you are wondering when you should start putting together a pregnancy survival kit, the answer is now! Do it as soon as possible, as you never know when you’ll need something until it’s too late (and you are throwing up in the car without a bucket for example 🙂 )

Everything I listed below is a pregnancy essential, so you are almost guaranteed to use all of them at least once. Unless you are one of those super lucky woman that experiences no symptoms at all and sails through pregnancy without a worry (if you exist for real, I’d like to know you!).

Avoid any extra stress or worry and put the kit together now. Some of it you’ll need straight away, some of it you’ll need later one. But at least you have it, and you can stop worrying about it.

Pregnancy Survival Kit for Mom

Without further ado, here’s my pregnancy survival kit, including everything that a pregnancy woman needs to get through pregnancy. The items are sorted in different categories, depending on what they can help with.

For the Pains, Aches & Discomfort

1) Comfortable Clothes

Comfortable clothes should definitely be at the top of the list for your pregnancy survival kit. Pregnancy is already uncomfortable as it is, with all the extra weight you are carrying and the body aches, you really don’t want to make it worse by wearing uncomfortable clothes.

I know it’s hard letting go of your favorite pants or dresses (it’s only temporary!) and, if you are trying to hide it from people, you might want to try squeeze the belly in those skinny jeans. But the time will come when you definitely won’t fit in them anymore!

So, don’t do like me and wear tight jeans for as long as possible, even when I was in so much discomfort at work sitting at my desk. Get some nice comfortable clothes and, if possible, buy maternity clothes that will grow with you throughout the pregnancy (and postpartum)!

If you are pregnant during summer, consider buying a few loose dresses that will help you avoid overheating.

Related: 20+ Summer Pregnancy Tips (to Survive the Heat!)

I ended up buying a set of a few pregnancy tops that fit so nicely around my belly, and a few maternity jeans and leggings. These can actually be incredibly helpful in reducing pelvic and lower back pain by keeping the weight off your pelvis and reducing the pressure on your muscles and ligaments around the bottom half of your body that is growing so much!

>> Smallshow Women’s Maternity Tops 3-Pack on Amazon <<

>>Motherhood Maternity Leggings on Amazon <<

>> Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Maternity Jeans on Amazon <<

2) Comfortable Shoes

Comfortable shoes are another must-have for pregnancy. I had to wear heels once when I was in my last trimester and I swear I wanted to cry …

When you are pregnant your center of gravity and equilibrium are way off, plus many expectant moms experience swelling in their legs, ankles and feet. Wearing comfortable, breathable and supportive shoes will help with all of that, by providing arch support and more space for your feet to move and breathe. Not to mention that they will decrease your likelihood to tumble and fall.

For some ideas on what shoes to wear during pregnancy, check out this post from Healthline. If you want to buy a good pair of shoes to go for walks, which is an exercise perfect for all trimesters, then they recommend the Sketchers Go Walk (either with laces or slip-on).

>> Sketchers Go Walk on Amazon <<

During summer pregnancy you can wear sandals, but make sure it’s not for too long so your feet don’t start hurting.

Related: Best Pregnancy & Antenatal Exercises safe for all Trimesters (and for easier labor!)

3) Pregnancy pillow

Don’t get me started on sleeping during pregnancy. It was like torture for me during the last trimester: I could hardly find a comfortable position and, once I did, it would stay comfortable for only 30 minutes or so before I had to change position again. My hips in particular were really aching in bed.

And I consider myself lucky because I am not a back sleeper – I am used to sleeping on my side. My wife is a belly and back sleeper and she struggled even more than me when she was expecting our first daughter.

What really helped was having a pregnancy pillow. These are specially designed to provide extra support in all the places most affected by your growing belly: your back, behind your back and in between your legs.

A pregnancy pillow will keep your neck, back and hips aligned; it will reduce the pressure around your hips and will improve your circulations, as well as prevent you from rolling over onto your back in your sleep.

You can get 50% OFF Pregnancy Pillows by using the Coupon Code MUMINTHEWOODS50!

Or head over to Amazon for more choice.

>> PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow on Amazon <<

4) Heating Pad

A heating pad is another great way to help with those aching muscles and joints. I often used to sit on the couch in the evening with one behind my back.

According to Healthline, using a heating pad on isolated parts of your body won’t raise your core body temperature, like a hot tub or a sauna would do for example. So it’s safe to use one during pregnancy. Just make sure you don’t use it for more than 20 minutes at the time, and don’t apply it straight on the belly.

5) Donut Cushion / Nursing Pillow

Now, if you are one of those “lucky” women that’s going to experience hemorrhoids during pregnancy, this is an absolute essential for your survival kit.

Trying to sit down (on the couch, at your desk, or driving) for a long period of time, when you are very sore down there, can be extremely uncomfortable. A Donut Cushion helps relieve pressure and makes it a bit less of a torture.

If you end up having a vaginal birth and a vaginal tear, then this will definitely also help postpartum, and I encourage you to add it to your postpartum care kit checklist!

Related: The Ultimate Postpartum Care Kit Checklist (all the Essentials you need for Recovery after Birth)

Another option is to buy a nursing pillow or a travel pillow to sit on – the result will be very similar to using a donut cushion. And you’ll definitely want a nursing pillow if you are planning on breastfeeding!

You can get a FREE Nursing Pillow at www.nursingpillow.com/ by using the code MUMINTHEWOODS!

>> Boppy Original Nursing Pillow on Amazon <<

6) Belly Band / Belt

Many expectant moms find some relief from wearing belly bands or belly belts. These provide support to the belly, reducing pelvic and hip pain during pregnancy.

If you are already wearing maternity clothes that provide support to the belly, you might not need this. However, if you want to keep wearing your “normal” pants, you could leave them unbuttoned and unzipped, and cover them with the belly band or belt.

The difference between a belly band and a belly belt is that the belly band is flexible, while the belt is rigid, providing firmer support.

>> Belly Band on Amazon <<

>> Belly Belt on Amazon <<

For the Hormones

7) Tissues

Pregnancy hormones can be brutal. If you have gone through fertility treatment before getting pregnant you might be prepared already, otherwise you are in for a bit of a shock. The changes are both physical and emotional, and tissues can definitely come in handy for those emotional outbursts.

Not to mention that pregnancy often come with a stuffy nose! Nasal congestion and a runny nose are actually early pregnancy symptoms, believe it or not.

8) Lip Balm

Pregnancy hormones can also cause dry skin and mouth, including your lips. Not to mention that if you suffer from morning sickness you could get dehydrated, making it worse.

A lip balm is therefore a perfect addition to your pregnancy survival kit.

This Organic Beeswax Lip Balm is made only from natural and organic ingredients and come in 6 different delicious flavors: vanilla bean, coconut, mint, cherry, citrus and strawberry. 

>> Organic Beeswax Lip Balm on Amazon <<

9) Hand Cream / Moisturizer

For the same reason as above, it’s also a good idea to have some hand cream and body moisturizer in your pregnancy survival kit.

Also, as your belly and breasts grow, the skin starts stretching and may become itchy (I remember my breasts used to be so itchy!). You may even start noticing stretch marks, which affect 90% of pregnant women.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, exercising and applying lotions that contain vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acids have been said to help in the prevention of stretch marks. But, in general, a body cream or moisturizer will definitely help with the itchiness.

I have personally used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks, and would recommend it to any other pregnant woman.

>> Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks on Amazon <<

For Heartburn and Nausea

Here’s some of the most important things that you may want to add to your pregnancy survival kit for heartburn and nausea. However, this is not and exhaustive list: you can find more heartburn remedies here.

10) Bucket

I was relatively lucky that I didn’t suffer much from morning sickness: heartburn was the one that hit me the most. However, 70% of pregnant women experience morning sickness at some point, so you’d better be prepared!

And, contrary to its name, morning sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning: it’s an all day thing. So, make sure you have a bucket with you, particularly around the house.

For when outside, in the car, or in the office, you could use a plastic tub. My wife used to have a big ice cream plastic container always with her in the car. The most important thing is that it can seal to keep the smell in!

And know that heartburn might make you sick as well …. there’s no escape, I know! You can find lots of tips here on how to prevent and combat heartburn during pregnancy.

Related: 20+ Remedies for Heartburn during Pregnancy (and Tips on How to Prevent it!)

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11) Herbal Tea

Herbal teas improve digestion, so they are one of the best remedies for heartburn. You can stock up with chamomilelicoriceslippery elm, or marshmallow root for your pregnancy survival list.

Peppermint tea is another one that’s often recommended. However, it’s benefits are a bit controversial: lots of people say it helps, but other find that it just increases their heartburn. I didn’t find it really helped me personally.

>> Shop for chamomilelicoriceslippery elm or marshmallow root herbal teas on Amazon here <<

12) Ginger

Ginger also improves digestion and is the perfect remedy for both morning sickness and heartburn. You can try drinking ginger teaginger ale or sucking on ginger candy.

>> Shop for ginger ale or ginger candy on Amazon here <<

13) Almonds

Almonds are very good at neutralizing the juices in the stomach, which may relieve or even prevent both heartburn and morning sickness. So, if you do like almonds (whether natural or roasted), do stock up!

I already like almonds under normal circumstances… so I went crazy with them over pregnancy. I always had a stash of almonds with me wherever I went!

14) Gaviscon

Gaviscon should definitely be in your pregnancy survival kit for heartburn. Even if just as a back up in case nothing else works!

I personally did take it every now and then, particularly when over indulging in the evening. Sometimes I just couldn’t stop myself! I knew that without it I would have been awake throwing up at 2 am.

Gaviscon is totally safe during pregnancy and you only need a spoon before lying down in bed at night. You don’t even need a doctor’s prescription for it.

>> Shop for Gaviscon on Amazon here <<

15) Anti-Nausea Bracelets

Anti-nausea bracelets are another must-have to pack for pregnancy or gift to a mom-to-be. They relieve nausea and morning sickness by applying pressure on the Nei-Kuan acupressure point on each wrist thanks to of plastic studs. 

If you don’t believe in the power of acupuncture or acupressure, I strongly advise you to give it a go. I had acupuncture all the way throughout my pregnancy and can honestly say it really helped with so many symptoms, including morning sickness, heartburn and back pain.

Sea-Band is particularly popular amongst pregnant women. However, there’s other brands that you can purchase, either at a pharmacy or online.

>> Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Bracelets on Amazon <<

16) Saltine Crackers

The American Pregnancy Association recommends eating bland foods and snacks to help with morning sickness. And I think saltine crackers is as blend as it gets! That and dry toast is often the only thing that pregnant women can keep down in the morning anyway.

I had our mate (marmite in New Zealand!) toast for breakfast all the way throughout my pregnancy as I could hardly stomach eating anything else.

Saltine crackers can be perfect for snacks through the day and would make a great addition to any pregnancy survival kit gift basket.

>> Saltine Crackers on Amazon <<

17) Breath Fresheners

Last but not least, an absolute must for your pregnancy survival kit if suffering from morning sickness is breath fresheners. These will make it so much easier when returning to your desk or meeting in the office after puking in the bathroom!

I couldn’t have survived without them. I personally used the Listerine Cool Mint Strips, but you can also use a mouthwash or chewing gums instead if you prefer. Whichever you choose, best if with a mint flavor, so that the smell can also help with the nausea.

>> Listerine Cool Mint Strips on Amazon <<

To Make Life Easier

18) Water Bottle

Did you know that liquids add volume to your stomach, which can increase stomach pressure like a large meal would? That’s why drinking in between meals helps avoid heartburn. Knowing this was enough for me to know that I had to carry a water bottle around with me wherever I went during pregnancy 🙂

However, keeping well hydrated is also very important during pregnancy, to keep healthy and avoid things such as constipation and hemorrhoids or fatigue. This is even more true during summer when pregnant women are at high risk of overheating. And will also be very important if you are planning on breastfeeding: you will be so thirsty the first few weeks postpartum!

So, a water bottle would be a great addition to your survival kit, or a perfect gift if you are planning on putting one together for a family member or friend.

Many expectant moms really like using a Tumbler. However, I personally really enjoyed using one of these stainless steel bottles. Both are insulated and can carry either hot or cold drinks.

>> MIRA Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle on Amazon <<

PS don’t forget to also pack your water bottle in your hospital bag for labor and delivery! You’ll need lots of water during childbirth 🙂

Related: Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom, Baby & Partner (including a FREE printable!)

19) Shaving Products

Shaving can become a real struggle during pregnancy, particularly if you are used to using a razor (me!), an electric shaver, or waxing yourself.

If you are putting together a pregnancy gift basket for a friend, why not stick a gift card for a leg wax in there? I am sure that your friend will highly appreciate the gesture!

Another alternative, whether for yourself or for a friend, is to use a shaving cream, such as the Veet In Shower Cream Hair Remover: apply the cream, wait for 2 minutes, and just wash it off with the hair!

>> Veet In Shower Cream Hair Remover on Amazon <<

20) Snacks

Pregnancy comes with all sort of cravings plus, remember how eating snacks (in between smaller meals) can help with nausea and heartburn? Well, if your digestive system allows it (if not, maybe wait for the morning sickness to go away!), then why not indulge a little bit and have some yummy snacks in your pregnancy survival kit?

It could be anything that you want and that makes your happy: chocolate, salty snacks, etc. You choose.

In summer, consider refreshing snacks such as watermelon, melon, frozen grapes or sliced veggies with a dip. For more summer pregnancy tips, you can read this article: 20+ Summer Pregnancy Tips (to Survive the Heat!)

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21) Pregnancy Planner

If you are feeling a bit anxious about all the things that need to be done while pregnant, or if you just want to make sure you keep track of everything, then also consider getting a Pregnancy Planner.

You can find various different ones online, but I particularly like this one from Etsy. It has 75 pages including all the checklists you need (from a first trimester checklist to a postpartum checklist), a weekly pregnancy journal for your thoughts and feelings, a weight tracker, baby names suggestions and more.

To Prepare for Childbirth

I would hope you’ve enrolled in a birthing class to prepare for childbirth! If not, you can have a look here at the best online birthing classes available. Plus, I would also highly recommend enrolling in a breastfeeding course, if that’s what you are planning on doing. Breastfeeding doesn’t always come natural, and there’s a lot that you can learn prior to the birth to get ready and avoid any pain or complications.

Related:
20 of the Best Online Birthing Classes (to prepare for and overcome your fears of birth)
20+ Best Online Breastfeeding Courses (FREE Classes too!)

That said, here’s two items below that I think should also be in everyone’s pregnancy survival kit to prepare for childbirth.

22) Birth Affirmation Cards

Birth affirmations can really play a crucial role in achieving a calm and confident birth experience. They consist in positive statements about the expecting or laboring mom, their baby and their birthing process and, through repetition, can turn any negative thought that a mom-to-be may have about giving birth into a positive one. This will reduce any stress and anxiety, and boost their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Having some birth affirmation cards spread out around the house will definitely help. Use them as constant reminders that everything is OK and that you can do this.

You can download some free printable affirmation cards here. Download them , print them, and add them to your pregnancy survival kit to get ready for birth.

Related: The Most Powerful Birth Affirmations for a Positive Birth Experience

23) Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are very important to take during pregnancy, so make sure to add them to the list for your survival kit. These supplements will help cover any nutritional gaps in your diet, plus will help lead a healthy pregnancy and with baby’s development.

If, like me, you have gone or are about to go through fertility treatment before getting pregnant, then your doctor might even ask you to start taking these before conception. The same goes if you are actively trying to get pregnant naturally 🙂

There are many different over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that you can buy, however Healthline recommends choosing one that contains at least the following:

  • folate (folic acid)
  • iron
  • calcium
  • vitamins D, C, A, and E
  • zinc
  • copper
  • vitamin B12
  • magnesium

Folid acid in particular is very important as it can prevent birth defects that affect the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

I personally took Elevit prenatal vitamins, both throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Plus, my iron got pretty low during pregnancy, so my midwife ended up prescribing me extra iron tablets.

>> Elevit Prenatal Vitamins on Amazon <<

For a Laugh

Don’t forget to laugh during pregnancy!

Being pregnant comes with so many annoying symptoms, the bloody hormones, the discomfort, etc. and all this can really dampen your mood before baby arrives. So, finding some fun things to do during pregnancy is really important! It can really distract you, lift your mood and make you focus on the more exciting stuff 🙂

There’s a list of fun things to do while pregnant here that you can look at. However, these are two very good items that you should add to your pregnancy survival kit.

Related: 20+ Fun Things to do while Pregnant

24) Happy & Funny pregnancy quotes

Print some happy and funny pregnancy quotes to remind you to have a laugh sometimes. Or pin them to your Pinterest account and remember to scroll through them sometimes 🙂

You can find a list here of 100 cute and happy pregnancy quotes here, including some funny quotes sure to make you laugh!

Related: 100 Cute & Happy Pregnancy Quotes for Expecting Moms

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25) Pregnancy Mug

A pregnancy mug is also a wonderful idea to remember to laugh whenever you are sipping on your herbal tea for heartburn or morning sickness! And if you are gifting it to a pregnant friend, this is really a perfect addition to a pregnancy gift basket.

There’s a few options online, but these are some of my favorites.

>> Prangary Pregnancy Mug on Amazon <<

funny pregnancy mug

>> “Ask me if this is decaf” Mug on Etsy <<

>> “Are you growing a human?” Mug on Etsy <<

To Pamper Yourself

26) Gift Card for a Massage or Pedicure

This one is particularly perfect if you are adding it to a pregnancy gift basket: it was the most perfect gift I received from my wife when I was pregnant!

Particularly when you reach the third trimester, and the body really starts to hurt, there’s nothing better for a pregnant woman than a full body massage or a pedicure … not to mention that it might be nearly impossible to do your toe nails yourself by then!

Pregnancy Survival Kit for both Mom & Dad

Let’s remember for a second that pregnancy doesn’t just affect mom, but also dad or other partner. I lived through two pregnancies experiencing both sides and, while being pregnant myself was definitely harder, I wouldn’t say being the partner was smooth sailing the whole way.

Partners can also go through a lot of emotions and, at times, can feel a bit removed or excluded from what’s happening to the mom-to-be’s body. So, here’s a few items for a pregnancy survival kit that both expectant parents can benefit from.

1) Books for Baby

Reading books to baby while still in the belly can really help strengthening the bond between mom or dad and baby, as baby will start getting used to his/her parent’s voices. I used to love reading stories to my first daughter, even though I wasn’t the one carrying her: it really made me feel more connected to her and more involved as a mom-to-be.

If you are having down moments, then cuddling up on the couch and reading a book to your unborn baby might just be what you need to feel better again 🙂

You can have a look here for some inspiration on what books to buy: 20+ Best Books to Read to Baby in Womb (incl. FREE Books).

2) Baby Names Book

Choosing a name for baby can also be something fun that mom and dad can do together! Unless you are one of those parents that can’t decide on baby’s name until they are born … I met a few couples that couldn’t do it!

My wife and I used this awesome book, 100.001+ Baby Names, and we honestly went through the whole think. The names are sorted by different categories, so it’s easier to focus on what you already know you want for your baby’s name.

3) Parenting Books

Parenting books are another must-have for the pregnancy survival kit for both mom and dad (or partner). Both parents can learn together about what to expect during pregnancy, childbirth, or during the first weeks and months of baby’s life.

I always try remind myself that knowledge is power, and half the reason I feel overwhelmed most of the time is because I don’t feel prepared enough for the situation I am in. Childbirth and being a brand new parent is definitely not one of those situations in life were any person wouldn’t want to feel totally unprepared for! Even though there’s a lot of things that you won’t be able to control, there’s also a lot that you can learn before baby comes, so that you don’t feel too stressed or anxious when the time comes.

Here’s some of my favorite books that I would highly recommend to any expectant parent:

If you are pregnant and willing to have a natural birth, I highly recommend you also look into hypnobirthing: I took a hypnobirthing course and had the most amazing birth experience (you can read my birth story here). If you are curious, then you can purchase this very comprehensive book: Hypnobirthing – A Natural Approach To A Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing.

If you enroll in a birthing or antenatal course, as well as a breastfeeding course, you will also most likely get a whole lot of reading material then 🙂

Related:
20 of the Best Online Birthing Classes (to prepare for and overcome your fears of birth)
20+ Best Online Breastfeeding Courses of 2021 (FREE Classes too!)

Hypnobirthing 101: the hypnobirthing basics for a positive birth experience

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4) Movies

Also add lots of movies to your pregnancy survival kit: must be movies that make you smile though! They don’t need to be movies about pregnancy, as long as they will make you laugh and have a good time.

If you have Netflix, why not create a “pregnancy” channel with your favorite movies in the wish list? 🙂

5) Checklists

This one is also very important for both parents, as both mom and dad should be involved in getting everything ready for birth and baby’s arrival. Ticking everything off your checklists will make you feel so much more confident and ready for what’s to come.

If you already have a pregnancy planner, then most checklists should be included in there. If not, here’s the most important ones you should be going through (including free printables):

6) Gift Card for a Date Night

There’s nothing better than having a date night when expecting because, believe me, you won’t have many occasions to go out for a date when baby comes (at least not for a while!). So treat yourself (or treat your friends, if you are considering gifting one) to a date night out!

I still miss our date nights from before our first baby arrived … I mean, we do get some opportunities to go out now, but it’s not like it used to be. There’s so many thing to consider, such as babysitter, what time the kids go to bed, etc. It’s not as spontaneous as it used to be! So enjoy it while it lasts …

Pregnancy Survival Kit just for Dad

These items listed below are exclusively for dad’s pregnancy survival kit (or partner’s).

1) Ear plugs

I kid you not, snoring during pregnancy sucks!! I experienced it in full force with my wife and ear plugs where the only things that saved me at night, allowing me to have a good night sleep.

According to Babycenter, about one in 10 moms-to-be snore regularly in their first trimester, rising to almost half of all pregnant women in the third trimester. This is due to high levels of hormones making the blood vessels in your nose open wider, causing congestion. Hormones also cause your nasal tissues to swell, adding to the problem. 

You can choose between foam or silicone ear plugs. I personally prefer foam ones, as I find them to be more effective at covering the snoring next to me, but lots of people don’t like the fact that they goes inside the ear canal and prefer silicone ones.

>> Mack’s Foam Earplugs on Amazon <<

2) Notebook

While dad or partners don’t have to attend all the doctors appointments, it’s a good idea for them to tag along as well and get as much information as possible about what’s happening and what to expect. You would actually be extremely supportive to the expectant mom by providing an extra set of ears and remembering everything important (such as possible signs of complications to look out for).

A great thing to have for a dad-to-be to survive pregnancy is actually a notebook: always have one handy with you, or don’t forget you can add notes to your phone 🙂 Add important information to it or any questions you or your partner may have for the next doctor’s appointment.

Pregnancy Gift Baskets

If you’d like to gift something to a pregnant friend of yours and put together a pregnancy survival kit for them, you could just put together a few of the items above and make up your own pregnancy gift basket. However, if you prefer to buy something already made for you, there’s a few great choices out there!

Here’s some of my favorite pre-made pregnancy gift baskets for an expectant mom.

Sodilly Store Pregnancy Box

This gift box includes one 12 oz insulated stainless steel tumbler, two bars of all-natural premium soaps, one bath bomb, one 8 ounce jar of silk skin lotion and a card for your special note.

>> Sodilly Store Pregnancy Gift Basket on Amazon <<

Ecocentric Mom Organic Pregnancy Gift Box

  • This pregnancy box includes a magnetic sonogram frame, a travel mug, pregnancy tea, belly oil and foot soak. All items are organic, non-toxic, natural and eco-friendly!

>> Ecocentric Mom 2nd Trimester Organic Pregnancy Gift Box on Amazon <<

Good Vibes Spa Gift Box

pregnancy gift box

This pregnancy gift baskets includes 100% natural ingredients and recyclable materials. It contains: a soap bar, a cosmetic bag, a lavender scrub and body oil, a shower steamer, a lip balm, a facial clay mask, a scented candle and a sponge.

You can also choose to add the recipient name on the box to make it more personal, and you can write your personal note on a beautiful card.

>> Good Vibes Spa Gift Box on Etsy <<

Gift Box For Expecting Parents To Be

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This gift box is perfect to congratulate both mom and dad. It includes: coffee, magnesium lotion and tension release roller, belly oil (100% natural), pregnancy tea (spearmint and ginger based), tub tea for a bath soak, “Walk with me” daddy poem and a “love you forever” magnetic photo frame.

>> Gift Box for Expecting Parents to Be on Etsy <<

Pregnancy Survival Kit: Final Thoughts

Pregnancy can be really though sometimes, and not always beautiful and magical as we imagined it to be. However, there’s lots of things that you can do to make it a little bit more comfortable and that will make you laugh more along the way.

Whether you are putting together a pregnancy survival kit for yourself or for a friend, I really hope this list gave you some good ideas and I will help you (or your friend) throughout pregnancy!


Are you an expectant mom that’s got another item in your pregnancy survival kit not listed above and that you think should be added in here? Or are you already a mom that’s got some feedback about what helped you get through pregnancy when you were expecting? If so, then please let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!

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