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Pen to Paper – Writing down the details throughout your pregnancy
The next months of your life will be filled with excitement, stress, challenges, hope, and plenty of plans for the future. There will be gear to choose, a nursery to prepare, and extra snacks to keep the mama and baby feeling full and happy. At this point, life continues on, much as it has been. You may wonder when you will start to feel pregnant, or wish for some sort of symptom as proof of the new life growing inside.
One way to channel all of your thoughts, wishes, hopes, and fears is to begin keeping a pregnancy journal, or blog. If you are already a regular blogger, or you keep your journal by your bedside for daily writing, this will just be a continuation of what you already do. If you aren't already in the habit, just taking a few minutes each day can lead to a treasured keepsake and record of this special time. If you don't know where to start, there are many places you can look for inspiration.
The pregnancy and baby section offers many options for pregnancy journals. Some allow space to record the statistics and details of your doctor visits, weight gain, symptoms, and other information about your developing pregnancy. Others provide question prompts, to help you keep track of how you are feeling during these months. Some are a combination of both. If you can't find one that suits you, consider looking at blank journals. Or, you can just pick up any legal pad or spiral notebook and start writing.
You may already follow various blogs. There are plenty of people out there chronicling their lives on the computer. Starting a blog can be wonderful, not only for you, but also for your friends and family. You can share the link with anyone you want to keep updated about your pregnancy. Post pictures, share details of your growth and development, and let people know what you are thinking throughout your pregnancy. There are many options available for free blog space, from sites that provide an open format to sites that provide a format and calendar into which you can input your information. Of course, this will continue to be an outlet to share once the baby arrives – letting you post pictures of the new arrival for everyone to see, instead of sending out emails individually.
You may find that one method works better for you, or you may discover that you like to keep both a blog and a journal. The journal can be an outlet for your private thoughts; while the blog can help you stay in touch with friends and family who are separated by distance. Whichever method you choose, journaling your pregnancy can be a great way to capture the memories and milestones of this life-altering experience.