What do you buy your wellness-loving new mama friend/sister/wife for Mother’s Day? Having a baby is a big deal both physically and mentally, and it can take a while to adjust to the new normal. But once she’s ready to get her fitness back, a little encouragement can go a long way.
That said, while you absolutely should support your new mum on her fitness journey, we also suggest you proceed with caution. Gift her a new sports bra and you could hurt her feelings and put her health at risk if it’s too soon to get back in the gym. Check in with mum first to see if she’s ready.
The general rule of thumb as advised by the NHS, is that provided mama had a straightforward birth, she can start gentle exercise include walking, stretching and pelvic floor strengthening as soon as she feels able. However, all new mamas are advised to wait until after the 6-week postnatal check with their GP or midwife before they start any type of high-impact exercise regime.
So, if the new baby is less than six weeks old, hold off on the dumbbells until she’s been given the all-clear. But if mum and baby are ready and able to embrace fitness, then now is the time to get shopping!
Best Mother’s Day Gifts To Help New Mums Get Fit
Keep scrolling for the best Mothering Sunday gifts to buy your fitness-ready mama…
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BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WELLNESS JOURNAL
All good intensions start with a well planned list. So if your mama is starting from scratch, treat her to a wellness journal to plot her healthy return to fitness. And if she needs some inspiration? gently point her in the direction of our Postnatal exercise guide for expert tips on how to safely and confidently get moving again.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FITNESS HEADBAND
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 showering daily can start to feel like a luxury when you’re busy with a newborn. So, the quarterly salon visit is often the first thing to go, and chances are your mama needs a haircut. If she has a fringe like Claudia Winkelman on a bad day, she will gladly welcome this nifty workout headband.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BABY CHANGING BAG
Sustainable Edie Eco Holdall
Arguably the single best Mother’s Day gift idea on this entire list, this chic gym holdall is in fact a baby changing bag in disguise! So, while it looks just like a cool sport luxe carrier, thanks to multiple pockets, a padded changing mat and an insulated milk pocket, it also transforms into the ultimate accessory for mamas on the move.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FITNESS APP SUBSCRIPTION
Gymondo Fitness App
If your new mum needs some support getting back into the swing of things, 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 mum-influencer Vogue Williams, at-home app workouts are ideal for parents adjusting to their new routine. And with flexible membership starting from as little as £6.66 for 12 months, it’s also a total steal.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT YOGA WALL BRACKET
Yoga Mat Rack
In a sea of nappies, buggies and toys, what does a new mama really need? Space to put her stuff! Treat her to the gift of good storage with this brilliant yoga mat wall bracket, that doubles up as baby playmat holder too.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WORKOUT CARDS
Get Fit Workout Cards
Mamas who need a little encouragement to get fit will love these illustrated workout cards. With 100 bodyweight exercises to choose from featuring a handy illustration guide on every card, it’s the ideal no-pressure way to gently build a personalised exercise routine from home.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BOX
Oh Mumma Mother & Baby Gift Box
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Self-care is essential for new mamas. This fab gift set from subscription box experts Oh Mumma will remind your new mum friend to put her needs first, even if only for an hour. It’s packed with gorgeous beauty and lifestyle products including body lotion, oil cleanser and a hand-poured soy wax candle to help her unwind.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FOAM ROLLER
Remember the early days when you first took up running/hockey/mountaineering and every single muscle in your body ached like the walking dead? Well, returning to fitness after giving birth is not that dissimilar to climbing a mountain. Treat your mama to a glorious ridged foam roller so she can massage out those achy knots while the baby naps.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WELLNESS GIFT CARE
Treatwell Gift Card
New babies are expensive, and they require an awful lot of kit. So chances are once she’s splashed out on the essential baby changing bag and buggy, your new mama has little funds left to focus on wellness. Treat her to some TLC with a voucher that she can spend on a pedicure, a back massage to help her navigate all those sleepless nights or even a haircut to sort out that wayward fringe.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT YOGA MAT
The Reversible Mat 5mm
As we said, the return to postnatal fitness should be gentle and gradual with lots of stretching breaks, which makes yoga or Pilates an excellent starting point for mamas on a fitness kick. It’s low-impact, you can do it easily at home and the stress-relief benefits are tenfold. Pop this natural rubber mat into your Mothering Sunday gift basket and give the gift of ommmm.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT TRUFFLE GIFT SET
The Sparkling Tea & Truffle Gift Box
For new mums, marking the first ever Mother’s Day is a big deal! But if your mama friend is not yet ready to get back on the grog, treat her to a sparkling tea and truffle set from Fortnum & Mason instead. It’s not quite the same as sipping real champagne, but the 0% ABV fizzy tea is surprisingly tasty and popping the cork (and scoffing the truffles) will definitely get the party started.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT SKIPPING ROPE
Rubber Skipping Rope JR500
Skipping comes with a host of health benefits including improved coordination and super-fast calorie burn. But the best thing about this fitness activity for new mums is it’s free and you can do it almost anywhere. Baby fast asleep in its cot? Grab the ropes and get skipping mama!
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT WATER BOTTLE
The Element Bottle – White Marble
Drinking enough water every day is good advice for everyone, but especially for new mums. Breastfeeding increases the risk of dehydration, and if you’re exercising too this quadruples the need for extra fluids. But this stainless steel reusable water bottle is more than just nice to look at, it keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Perfect for sneaky sleep-deprived espressos too.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT POWER RINGS
Bala The Power Ring Set
If you haven’t discovered them yet, power rings are the hot new accessory to help you build strength, endurance and balance in the comfort of your home. And unlike big old meaty dumbbells, these ones will stand a much better chance of blending in with your interior decor.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT BOXING GLOVES
Society Nine Limited Edition Bia Boxing Gloves
You wanna know what’s stressful? Having kids. But do you wanna know how to quickly and effectively relieve stress and feel instantly empowered and energised? Boxing! This pair of 14oz premium leather boxing gloves also happens to look really rather chic.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT RUNNING BELT
Slim Waistpack 2.0
Once mama has had the all-clear to return to high-impact exercise, running is arguably one of the best sports out there. Provided there’s a co-parent available to watch the baby, just a quick 30-minute run can help mum clear her head, develop endurance, burn fat and boost her mood. And this nifty little belt can store all her essentials in the process.
BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT RUNNING BUGGY
Urban 2 Glide
A running buggy is perhaps a touch out of your expected Mother’s Day gifting budget. But if she’s a keen runner, this will make her year. Thanks to superior suspension and a remarkably smooth ride, she’ll soon start running her new baby all about town and get seriously fit in the process. Just remember: a happy wife means a happy life, so treat her to this brilliant buggy and everybody wins!
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