What are you buying your new mommy friend/sister/wellness-loving wife for Mother’s Day? Having a baby is a big deal both physically and mentally, and it can take some time to adjust to the new normal. But once she’s ready to get back into shape, a little encouragement can go a long way.
That said, while you should absolutely support your new mom on her fitness journey, we also suggest you proceed with caution. Give her a new sports bra and you could hurt her and put her health at risk if it’s too early to return to the gym. Check with mom first to see if she’s ready.
The general rule recommended by the NHS is that, provided mum has had a single birth, she can start gentle exercise including walking, stretching and strengthening the pelvic floor as soon as she feels capable. However, all new mums are advised to wait until after the 6 week postnatal check-up with their GP or midwife before starting any type of high impact exercise regimen.
So if the new baby is less than six weeks old, wait until he gets the green light. But if mom and baby are ready and able to get some fitness in, it’s time to go shopping!
The best Mother’s Day gifts to help new moms get in shape
Keep scrolling for the best Mother’s Sunday gifts to buy your fitness-ready mom…
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BEST GIFT WELLNESS DIARY FOR MOTHER’S DAY
All good intentions start with a well-planned list. So if your mom is starting from scratch, give her a wellness journal to plan her healthy return to fitness. What if she needs inspiration? gently point her to our postnatal exercise guide for expert advice on how to get back to moving safely and confidently.
FITNESS HEADBAND BEST GIFT FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Fringe Fighter Headband Nulu
With a new baby in the house, most self-care rituals go out the window for the first few months. Skincare routines, pedicures, and even daily showers can start to feel like a luxury when you’re busy with a newborn. So the quarterly visit to the salon is often the first thing to do, and chances are your mom needs a haircut. If she’s got bangs like Claudia Winkelman on a bad day, she’ll happily welcome this nifty workout headband.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BABY CHANGING BAG
Edie Eco Sustainable Tote
Arguably the One of the best Mother’s Day gift ideas on this whole list, this chic duffel bag is actually a diaper bag in disguise! So while it looks like a cool luxury sport baby carrier, thanks to multiple pockets, a padded changing pad and an insulated milk pouch, it also turns into the ultimate accessory for moms on the go.
BEST FITNESS APP SUBSCRIPTION FOR MOTHER’S DAY GIFT
Gymondo Fitness app
If your new mom needs help getting back on track, an app gift subscription with Gymondo is a great place to start. With over 350 fitness classes to choose from, including Total Body by Vogue With mom influencer Vogue Williams, at-home workouts are ideal for parents adjusting to their new routine. And with a flexible subscription from just £6.66 for 12 months, it’s a total steal too.
BEST GIFT YOGA WALL MOUNT FOR MOTHER’S DAY
yoga mat stand
In a sea of diapers, strollers and toys, what’s a new mom really need? Space to put your things! Give her the gift of good storage with this great yoga mat wall rack, which doubles as a baby play mat holder.
BEST GIFT WORKOUT CARDS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Get Fitness Workout Cards
Moms who need a little encouragement to get in shape will love these illustrated workout cards. With 100 bodyweight exercises to choose from and a handy illustrated guide on each card, it’s the perfect, no-pressure way to smoothly create a personalized exercise routine from home.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT SET
Oh Mumma Mom & Baby Box
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: self-care is key for new moms. This fabulous gift set from subscription box experts Oh Mumma will remind your new mom friend to put her needs first, even if it’s just for an hour. It’s full of gorgeous beauty and lifestyle products, including body lotion, oil cleanser, and a hand-poured soy wax candle to help her relax.
BEST GIFT FOAM ROLLER FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Do you remember the early days when you started running/hockey/mountaineering and every muscle in your body ached like the living dead? Well, getting back into shape after giving birth isn’t that different from climbing a mountain. Give your mom a beautiful ridged foam roller so she can massage those sore knots while baby naps.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WELLNESS CARE
Treatwell Gift Card
New babies are expensive and require a lot of equipment. Chances are, then, that once she buys the much-needed diaper bag and stroller, your new mom won’t have much money left to focus on wellness. Treat her to some TLC with a voucher she can spend on a pedicure, a back massage to get her through all those sleepless nights, or even a haircut to sort out that wayward bangs.
BEST GIFT YOGA MAT FOR MOTHER’S DAY
The 5mm Reversible Mat
As we said, the return to postpartum fitness should be gentle and gradual with plenty of stretching breaks, which makes yoga or Pilates a great starting point for fit moms. It’s low impact, you can do it easily at home, and the stress-relieving benefits are multiplied. Place this natural rubber mat in your Mothering Sunday gift basket and give the gift of ommmm.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT TRUFFLE GIFT SET
Sparkling Tea & Truffle Box
For new moms, marking the very first Mother’s Day is a big deal! But if your mommy friend isn’t ready to get back to the hot toddy just yet, treat her to a sparkling tea and truffle set from Fortnum & Mason instead. It’s not enough the same as sipping real champagne, but the 0% ABV sparkling tea is surprisingly tasty and popping the cork (and laughing at the truffles) will definitely get the party started.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT SKIP ROPE
JR500 Rubber Jump Rope
Jumping rope has many health benefits, including improved coordination and super-fast calorie burning. But the best thing about this fitness activity for new moms is that it’s free and you can do it almost anywhere. Baby sleeps soundly in bed? Grab the ropes and jump mom!
BEST GIFT WATER BOTTLE FOR MOTHER’S DAY
The Element Bottle – White Marble
Drinking enough water every day is good advice for everyone, but especially for new moms. Breastfeeding increases the risk of dehydration, and if you also exercise, it quadruples the need for extra fluids. But this reusable stainless steel water bottle is more than nice to look at, it keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. Also perfect for sneaky, sleep-deprived espressos.
BEST POWER RINGS GIFTS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Bala the power ring set
If you haven’t discovered them yet, power rings are the new trending accessory to help you build strength, endurance, and balance from the comfort of your home. And unlike the big old meaty dumbbells, these will have a much better chance of blending in with your home decor.
BEST GIFT BOXING GLOVES FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Society Nine Limited Edition Bia Boxing Gloves
Want to know what’s stressful? Have children. But do you want to know how to quickly and effectively relieve stress and feel instantly strengthened and energized? Boxing! This pair of premium 14oz leather boxing gloves are also very classy.
BEST GIFT RUNNING BELT FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Slim Belt 2.0
Once mom is given the go-ahead to resume high-impact exercise, running is arguably one of the best sports out there. Provided a co-parent is available to watch the baby, a simple brisk 30-minute run can help mom clear her head, build endurance, burn fat, and boost her mood. And this nifty little belt can store all of her essentials in the process.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT RUNNING BUGGY
Urban sliding 2
A racing buggy might be a touch out of your budget for Mother’s Day gifts. But if she is an avid runner, this will make her year. With superior suspension and a remarkably smooth ride, she’ll soon start racing her new baby all over town and getting in serious shape. Remember: a happy wife means a happy life, so give her this shiny buggy and everyone wins!
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