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Whether you are over the moon about your pregnancy or feeling a bit apprehensive, it’s a great idea to consider jotting down your thoughts and feelings when you can.
Keeping a pregnancy diary or journal may help you document and work through the amazing adventures in store over the next nine months. Flicking back and reflecting on what it felt like when you announced your pregnancy, or felt your baby’s first kick will be a beautiful way to relive your precious memories.
In addition to capturing special moments, a pregnancy diary may really help you work through some fluctuating emotions. Your pregnancy hormones could really make you feel a little fragile. It’s important to find a healthy and constructive way to deal with the changes going on inside you.
The simple act of writing about how you feel, especially when you are upset or worried, could really help to manage your stress levels. Doing this may even help to prevent you from becoming sick.
We have put together a few helpful tips to help you get started.
Before you start your pregnancy diary, decide how you want to do this:
If you like to use words and write, buy a blank journal to jot down your thoughts as they come up.
If you’re more of a visual person, you might prefer to take photos or draw pictures of your experiences and display them in a scrapbook.
If you are more comfortable with technology, you might like to use a variety of different mediums like video, photos and words and upload them to an online blog.
Whichever method you choose, try to jot down a memory at least once a week to get an accurate, progressive account of your pregnancy.
If you’re feeling a bit stuck try these tips to help get your creative juices flowing:
The most important thing that your pregnancy diary should reflect is you. As well as your thoughts and feelings, fears and hopes.
Even though most pregnancies follow a similar pattern and timeline, every woman’s personal view on pregnancy is unique.
Some popular and helpful things you could write about in your pregnancy diary: