When you are experiencing the discomforts and anxiously awaiting your baby’s arrival, it can feel like pregnancy will last forever. Later, when the baby is here and the pregnancy is over, it will feel like the time just flew by. For this reason, you will want to document your pregnancy.
There are as many ways to document your pregnancy as there are pregnant women. You will want to find the method that you most enjoy and will be most meaningful for you later. Consider your talents when choosing a method for documenting your pregnancy. Are you artistic? Do you have computer skills? Do you write well and enjoy writing? The answers to these questions will help you find the best way to create a lasting record of your pregnancy.
If you write well, consider starting a pregnancy journal. You will need a pretty journal to write in. Write messages to the baby and write about the milestones of your pregnancy. When did you hear the heartbeat? Write about the ultrasound. Did you find out the gender? How did it feel to see your baby on the screen for the first time? Include details about your pregnancy symptoms, the baby’s first movements and other relevant information that you will want to remember later. The journal can be continued after your baby is born or ended with the birth story.
Making a belly cast is a fun way to document your pregnancy. Later, you will enjoy looking back and remembering when your tummy was that large. A belly cast can easily be done at home. Kits are sold with everything you need to make a cast of your pregnant tummy. You will need your spouse or a friend to help with this task. You may want to make two casts, one at the midpoint of your pregnancy and one towards the end.
Scrapbooking is another creative and artistic way to document your pregnancy. You can devote an entire scrapbook to your pregnancy or devote several pages to the pregnancy and save several for the birth and baby’s first days in the hospital and at home. Include pictures of your belly at different stages of the pregnancy. Add a few ultrasound pictures of your baby. Devote a page or two to your baby shower or any other ways you prepared for your baby.
If you have computer skills, consider making an electronic record of your pregnancy. You can create a website to share the news and milestones of your pregnancy with family and friends. You can include a guest book for family and friends to sign in and leave messages for you and the baby. This makes a lovely record for later. The pages can be printed and included in the baby book or in a scrap book. You can continue to update the website with pictures of the baby and developmental milestones.