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Gift for 1st time mom having a C-section?

Hello, one of my dear friends is pregnant and due in a couple of months. I am trying to think of helpful gifts to give and this is kind of out of my zone, my own recent delivery was a home birth.
What gift would you have welcomed in the days or weeks prior to or after your c-section (that isn't very expensive)? We are already planning to organize a gravy train.

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I was gonna say a meal train, but sounds like you've got that covered. What about volunteering some services like cleaning or laundry? I did not have a section, but SIL did & I did some postpartum doula-like stuff (I'm not officially a pp doula btw) for her & she still talks about how much she appreciated it as even picking up a laundry basket was hard for her. I also brought a meal that was ready to eat & a repeat that was frozen for later.
ETA: I just saw she was a FTM so she probably has no idea what kind of help she needs, c section notwithstanding. I certainly had no clue!
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Consult her, don't surprise her since style and approach is so personal, most people don't really like most gifts we get chosen by others. She might be unsure but given options she will have an opinion. Just pick an idea or two you'd like to give and offer them, get her input. Saving effort for her and easing the load for dad too will be most valuable.

Full set of disposable dishes (lotsa cups, plates, bowls, cutlery, napkins)
A robot vacuum? ($80+ though)
Crockpot?
Nursing nightgown or comfy nursing dress
Anything off her list of things for baby she doesn't yet have (or have enough)
Anything off your own list of top essentials for baby she doesn't yet have
Large gift basket of quick healthy snacks
Shopping trip for her after baby comes when she can't go out
In depth house or yard work done for her in the first month or so
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Consult her, don't surprise her since style and approach is so personal, most people don't really like most gifts we get chosen by others. She might be unsure but given options she will have an opinion. Just pick an idea or two you'd like to give and offer them, get her input. Saving effort for her and easing the load for dad too will be most valuable.

Full set of disposable dishes (lotsa cups, plates, bowls, cutlery, napkins)
A robot vacuum? ($80+ though)
Crockpot?
Nursing nightgown or comfy nursing dress
Anything off her list of things for baby she doesn't yet have (or have enough)
Anything off your own list of top essentials for baby she doesn't yet have
Large gift basket of quick healthy snacks
Shopping trip for her after baby comes when she can't go out
In depth house or yard work done for her in the first month or so
I liked your Ideas
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The one thing I wish I had after my section was a belly binder, I didn't even know they made special c- section recovery garments till my second section. They are a life saver for after recovery because it hurts to even move let alone sit up or cough so if she doesn't have one it would be a very useful gift.
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I definitely would check with the Mama to see what would be of as much help for her. For me, it would have been a journal. Those first few days were a blur between recovering, narcotics and learning how to be a mom. It would have been great to have one place to write down everything from my feelings about having an unexpected c-section to when I took my meds, to what side and time baby fed on last.

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