Journaling during your pregnancy is an extremely beneficial and therapeutic exercise. You may not have picked up a journal since junior high, but now is a great time to start! Writing about your pregnancy gives you the perfect opportunity to get in some alone time, pay attention to your body, and reflect upon your feelings. Not only will this be helpful to you now, but after your baby arrives, your pregnancy journal will be a very special thing to look back on, and maybe even refer to if you become pregnant again!
The most difficult part about journaling is writing that first entry. Once you pick up the pen and get going, it will become second nature to you. It is super important to find the right setting where you feel relaxed and open. Choose a time during your day when you have a few minutes to yourself without distractions. This could be early in the morning, late at night, during a break in the day, or whenever you have a free moment. It is nearly impossible to write an open, thoughtful journal entry with other people around. You also need to pick a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. This could be laying in your bed, a quiet spot in you backyard, or even the bathtub. Any place that is quiet, peaceful, and allows you to be alone with your thoughts. Journaling will be so much easier and effective if you have a regular routine and make a point to spend some time each day writing in your journal. Remember this is for you and only you. Don’t worry about sounding silly or what other people might think if they were to read it. A journal is your own private space that you don’t have to share with anyone.
What to Write About
So what exactly are you supposed to be writing about in your pregnancy journal? There is no right or wrong answer to this. Every woman experiences pregnancy differently and will have their own unique thoughts, observations, and ideas. If you need some help to get the ball rolling, try out some of these ideas.
- Make notes of all of the changes you have noticed in your body. Many women enjoy tracking their tummy’s growth. This will be fun to reread later- especially during your next pregnancy if you are planning on having another baby in the future.
- Start thinking about baby names- write a list of names you like, qualities that are important to you in a name, name meanings, and why certain names are special to you.
- Use your journal to channel your feelings. Between your hormones and the gravity of the huge life change you are experiencing, you definitely have so much going on in your head. Write down every thought, feeling, and question you have- especially ones that you don’t feel comfortable saying out loud.
- Face your fears- during your pregnancy you are bound to have tons of worries and concerns that keep on popping up. Make a list of them, and revisit your list every day to add to it, and reflect on fears that you previously wrote that you may have conquered or figured out how to deal with.
- Keep a to do list of all of the things you want to do before you give birth. Then, make a list of all the things you hope to do after your baby arrives.
- Write a letter to your unborn child. Tell him or her about the family he or she is about to be born into, the things you plan on doing together, your hopes for his or her future, advice you will give them, and anything else you want to tell your little one.
- Envision the future. Write about what your child will be like as a toddler, teenager, and adult and what your life is like during these times. It is likely none of this will be true to reality, but it will be funny to look back on and see how close your predictions were.