Post # 1
This is my first pregnancy and I want to be prepared. While I have amazing journal aspirations, I don’t have a great track record with keeping up. I’m hoping if it’s specific or informative enough, I’ll keep it up.
A few that I’m interested in:
- What to Expect: Journal and Organizer
- Erin Condren Petite Planner, Pregnancy Journal
What journal/planner/organizer did or do you use?
Post # 2
I…did not know this was a thing. What do you put it in? Like..”today I felt him kick, my constipation is so horrible I haven’t pooped in 4 days, and this morning I peed myself when I coughed.”
Post # 3
Westwood : There’s a variety of things, depending on the one you choose. The What to Expect is more detailed and includes information along with spaces to write and keep track of questions, pictures, etc.
I guess journaling is not for everyone. And, that’s okay.
Post # 4
I think I used the what to expect one for a hot minute with my first. I thought it was nice but I’m not much of a journaler so I eventually canned it. Artifact Uprising has a really nice first year baby book (called the story of you) if you’re into that! Congratulations!
Post # 5
Not heard of these either. I’ve not even completed the baby record book for my son, never got one for my daughter.
Post # 6
I loved The Belly Book! https://www.amazon.com/Belly-Book-Nine-Month-Journal-Growing/dp/0307336182
It had a page for each week, and each appointment and I few other things. It kind of guided you about what to write with a question or two for each week. I’m not a great journaler, so I liked the guidance. I loved writing in it for my first pregnancy. I bought a similar book for my second and wrote in it like 4 times, oops. 🙂 I’m surprised people haven’t heard of this before, almost everyone I know does them.
Post # 7
piper628 : I do bullet journaling and I just made a separate page for questions I thought of that I wanted to ask my midwife and then whipped out the notebook at my appointments. My purpose was more practical than trying to capture memories though.
Post # 8
LilliV : Practical is good. Thanks for the idea.
Post # 9
piper628 : I just can’t handle having too many separate notebooks – I need one spot to write all my random thoughts into and then I know where to find them again later! Plus then it’s always with me. My bullet journal was how I organized my wedding planning too.
Post # 10
I didn’t do anything but I sort of wish I had. I’m terrible at this type of thing though….great intentions, zero follow through.
My friend did one that she made herself…she just included various bump ipcs, notes about milestones during the pregnancy (first kicks etc) and then of course her birth story. She’s using the same book as a baby book too which I think is cool. Pretty sure it’s just a nice blank notebook she got.
Post # 11
Honestly if you’re not great at keeping up with this sort of thing pregnancy may not make you want to any more than you did before you got pregnant. For me pregnancy totally kicked my motivation in the pants and I barely touched my day planner let alone my journal.
id try with a notebook instead of buying something more expensive, just in case you don’t follow through.
Post # 12
I use a Promptly Journal! It starts from pregnancy to 18 yrs! During pregnancy it’s every trimester, then it’s monthly and big milestone months after the baby is born, then it’s an entry once year until 18. https://promptlyjournals.com/ I’m also not good at making sure I do it, but I put it in my calendar to remind me. Also putting it by my bedside helps me remember to update it every once in awhile. I think it’s a great keepsake and hope I’ll continue to use it to give to my kids.
Post # 13
I really never thought about this sort of thing, but my friend bought me one from kikki k as a gift. I used it for appointments and notes, also for keeping track of baby gear I had bought or wanted, and my hospital bag checklist. Probably my favourite use was for keeping track of gifts I had received for the baby, and checking off when I had sent a thank you card. It ended up being a lot more useful than I anticipated, but I can see it’s not for everyone.
Post # 14
My sister is expecting, this will be her first too. I got her a pregnancy journal off Etsy as a gift. I have no clue if she is actually using it, but it seems like a nice way to document your pregnancy. You can be as detailed or not as you want with it. There are specific pages for how you’re feeling that week, OB appointment updates, pictures for “bumpdates,” etc.
This is the exact one I purchased- Hello Mama Pregnancy Journal (Softcover) by PaperlustStudio on Etsy http://etsy.me/2tmtteB
Post # 15
My husband used Evernote (an app) to organize pics, notes, videos and memories. This was for my first pregnancy, which didn’t end well, so that was a bummer.
I now use a physical book from Peter Pauper Press (one of the lovely filigree jeweled ones- look on Amazon) to write down the funny things my daughter says. They’re not pregnancy specific but the books are so pretty, you want to write in them.