Finding the right ways to document your pregnancy journey can be somewhat of a challenge. Whether it’s the physical changes, the emotional journey, or just moments of pure joy, it’s great to capture these moments in a pregnancy journal so that you can look back on them later.
Keeping a pregnancy journal can be a great way to document this special time in your life and help preserve the memory – and it’s easy to do, especially with our list of 10 tips to get your started.
Pick a nice journal
Good tools are half the work! It helps to write in a notebook that you absolutely love. Find one that is totally you and you’re so much more likely to pick it up and actually start writing in your pregnancy journal.
Track your baby’s movements
Document the very first flutters and kicks in your journal, along with the more vigorous later movements as baby grows.
Record your appointments and milestones
Note down your doctor visits, scans and tests, as well as any other milestones, like hearing baby’s heartbeat or seeing their face on the ultrasound.
Capture the changes in your body
Take time to reflect on the changes your body is going through. This can anything, from your changing shape to stretch marks.
Record the changes in your emotions
Keeping track of the roller coaster of emotions that come along with pregnancy can help you understand yourself and your changing feelings.
Record your dreams and goals
Record your dreams for yourself, your baby, and your family. Include ideas for how you are going to achieve them too.
Take pictures and add them to your journal
A picture speaks a thousand words, so take lots of photos throughout your pregnancy (for example, belly shots are a great way to capture belly growth) and include them in your journal.
Make a bucket list
Write down a list of things you want to do before baby arrives, from shopping for baby clothing to planning the nursery.
Write notes to your baby
Consider writing little messages to your baby, either as individual notes or in the form of a scrapbook. Whether you’re letting them know how excited you are to meet them, or just letting words of encouragement and love, these notes can be very special.
Write special memories and memories of family members
Write down special memories of family members, like your grandparents or siblings, that your baby can look back on later. Or make a list of family traditions or precious moments that will become part of your own family’s narrative.
Pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation, filled with memories that you can treasure for a lifetime. By using a journal to document your journey, you can look back and cherish all the little details of your experience for years to come. We hope you got some inspiration from this list. Good luck!
PS. If you’re not that much of a writer, but you do want to track your pregnancy, we recommend using a pregnancy app. We list the most popular ones in this article.