7 Truly Helpful Ways to Help Your Pregnant Wife

Husbands and partners feel useless 99% of the time when caring for their pregnant wife. I honestly do not remember all the things that my husband did for me when I was pregnant. I know he didn’t grocery shop like I wanted him, and I probably sounded ungrateful. However going through pregnancy without him would have been a misery so I accepted that he was going to buy anything the sample person was selling. He’s just a nice guy. 

We’ve collected 10 ways that husbands can help their wives while her body is changing and she is growing a whole person inside her. The truth is, she might not notice these things, but you will know that your small things are truly making her life easier, and that’s all you want, right? No glory seekers here. 

Case in point…

  1. Keep the toilet clean.
    She feels gross and may be consistently throwing up. Wouldn’t it be so nice of you to make sure she’s throwing up in a clean toilet. While you’re at it, you can give the tub a good scrub, too.
  2. You remember what you need from the store and you do the shopping.
    This Knock Knock notepad is a lifesaver if you’re not the usual grocery shopper of the family. Actually, it’s a lifesaver even if you are. If this outing is new to you, ask her to fill it out once with your weekly staples, and you take it from there.
  3. On a similar note, you do the cooking.
    Find out what she’s craving and make it in plenty. And get a good idea of the foods she can’t have like soft cheeses and cold deli meat. If you’re eating out, her favorite place and dish will change on a whim so ask what sounds good for that day. And she’s not sharing.
  4. Give her as much of the bed as she wants.
    Several things can make a pregnant woman uncomfortable at night time. There’s the obvious: the growing belly, making back and stomach sleeping a no-no. Also, her mind won’t stop racing. She could feel hungry or thirsty. And her body temperature is warmer than it used to be meaning she might not want to spoon or snuggle or be touched even by your pinky toe. Give her some space to spread out.
  5. Take a walk with her.
    See all of these free things we’re giving you? Walking as exercise is so good for your mama-to-be, especially during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy. Get that baby locked and loaded. She may want to be alone, but offer to go along. You can talk or not talk. Quiet days will be hard to come by soon so either way, it’s going to be quality.
  6. You remember important dates.
    Pregnant women are fully capable, competent people and should not be patronized. But if there is something that isn’t on your daily or weekly calendar, you remember it, take care if it, or gently remind. Your older kid’s preschool class needs forks for the party? You do it. It’s her mom’s birthday? Remind her.
  7. Know what’s going on with her.
    Go to the doctor’s appointments if you can or stay with your older kids while she goes. Read a pregnancy book. Download an app. No woman wants to feel alone in pregnancy. Show that you’re there for her by being there for her. Ask questions. Be informed. Be a partner.

Let us know what your helpful tips are!

*All images are from Photo by Betsy.

December Box

We curated our most festive box yet. Take a look at our December Box and why we chose each product. There is so much to love!

Natural Calm Holiday Citrus Spice

This wasn’t the first time we included Natural Calm, but it was the first time their holiday flavor has been on the market. We love the citrus spice. Everything about it feels cozy, and that’s not even the best thing about it. Incorporating Natural Calm in to our nutritional routine has made such a difference for us. It’s marketed to help relieve stress, which it does. Probably because it helps you get a better night’s sleep. Magnesium deficiency can show up “as fatigue and low energy; inability to sleep; muscle tension, spasms and cramps; anxiousness and nervousness; headaches; constipation and abnormal heart rhythms.”

We first learned about Natural Calm from Becca’s midwife. When Becca was pregnant with her third baby, she experienced a lot of back pain early on in her pregnancy. Her midwife told her to start taking Natural Calm, and it worked. Now we all love it.

Freyda’s Pantry Snack Bar

Nutrition Bars that are made for new and pregnant moms are a gem to find. Especially when they’re delicious. From the first trimester on, it seems impossible to keep your energy up. Growing a baby and caring for a baby are hard work. I never believed people when they said they “forgot to eat lunch” until I became a mom. We want moms to remember to care for themselves well, and feeding the body is Self-Care 101.

Pualani Beauty Peppermint Scrub

This scrub has all the good stuff: the natural exfoliant – cane sugar,  moisturizing organic coconut oil, and anti-aging vitamin E oil. Top it off when a delicious peppermint scent, and this is holiday in a jar.

Miss Mouth’s Messy Eater Stain Treater

You can’t take anything during pregnancy too seriously. Like peeing on yourself…it’s probably going to happen and you just have to laugh. A much lesser incident is spilling food on your baby belly. Napkins never stay put, and food can’t get in your mouth fast enough. I ruined so many maternity shirts for this reason. I love it now for my kids messes, but I wished I had known about it from day one. It’s safe, peroxide free, chlorine free, phosphate free, 100% biodegradable and really effective.

Enjoy Mama Bird Box to make each day a better day!

 

 

Darling Hostess Presents for Holiday Parties

Bringing a hostess present to your holiday parties can often become an afterthought but the gesture goes a long way. Here’s a collection of our 7 favorite gift ideas that will suit your host and your budget.

The Can’t-Go-Wrong Gift

Illume Soy Candles – Balsam & Cedar or Winter White scent come boxed and ready to give. $52.00

 

 

For the Hostess Who Loves Pretties

Loren Hope studs – Not everyone loves a dangle but everyone loves a stud. Loren Hope studs are statement pieces that can be worn every day. There are so many colors to choose from, too. $36.00

FOR THE Hostess Who Lives Real Life

Mom Life T-shirts – Usually we wouldn’t recommend buying clothes for someone unless they are your absolute bestie, but t-shirts are pretty simple. There isn’t a mom out there who would smile after getting one of these cute tees. *See another style below. $36.00

 

For the Hostess Who Cooks the Mostest

Rifle Paper Company Recipe Box – If your host likes to actually cook the food that she serves, then this is a great gift. Make it more thoughtful and personal by adding a couple of your favorite recipes to the tin before you gift it. $34.00

 

The Practical Gift That Doesn’t Look Practical

Clutch – We can never have too many of these little bags. Switching between bags is so easy and you look way more organized than you are. Bonus points on the gift if your host still requires a diaper bag. $18

 

The Best For Your Budget

Succulent Ring Dish – You don’t have to break the bank to bring a sweet, thoughtful gift. This darling dish is under $10 so you can say yes to all of your party invitations! $6

 

Our Favorite For Him

Guys can host killer parties, too. This mason jar wrap by Humble Goods is unique and sure to make your host feel appreciated. P.S. If you don’t love Austin as much as we do, there’s a beautiful desert scene, too. $25

 

 

All items except the mason jar can be found at Cameo Boutique in Mandeville, Louisiana. Not in Mandville? Us either, but we love to shop their Instagram. They ship!

Anyone else relating to this image? This tee might need to be for you. Happy Holidays!