Documenting Your Pregnancy Tastefully
Pregnancy can be an amazing and exciting time — especially if it’s your first pregnancy and you have worked so hard to make it happen. By documenting your pregnancy, you can share your experience with your friends and family, and even the little bundle of joy when he or she is old enough. There are several ways that you can document these precious days, some of which are simple and low-tech, and others that are a bit more creative and high-tech.
Low-Tech: The Pregnancy Journal
A simple written journal can help you keep all of your thoughts clear, and work through any concerns you might have about your pregnancy. You could also let the journal double as a log of all of your doctor appointments and development milestones, and maternity gifts. You can even let friends and family leave little notes as well. You can use a basic spiral notebook but, since this is intended as a keepsake, your best option is to get a nice padded journal from a stationery store, or a pre-printed pregnancy journal.
You can carry it with you wherever you go and update it at any time; all you need is a pen.
There’s no backup, so if you lose the journal your thoughts will be lost forever. You can’t share information with distant friends and family.
High-Tech: The Pregnancy Blog
Like the handwritten journal, you can keep track of everything on your blog. You can also share it with your friends and family, and even invite them to guest post. You can also upload photos and images, like ultrasounds or pictures of your bump as it grows. You can even schedule a maternity photography session and post those pictures for distant friends and family.
Because it’s on the computer, you will always have a backup. Distant friends and family can keep up to date with your progress.
It requires access to a computer or other web-enabled device. There could be a bit of a learning curve for uploading images, or allowing others access to guest post. Depending on which service you use, there might be a monthly fee to maintain the blog.
Low-Tech: Letters to the Baby
This is similar to keeping a journal, except every entry is addressed directly to your baby. You can write a letter as often as you like, and include any information you want, and put it in an envelope for your child to read when he or she is older. You can even include photos and other images, as well as notes from family members. Just like the journal, you can use regular paper but, to make it more special, you should consider splurging on nice stationery.
You can write the letters anywhere, and at any time. Distant family members can send letters that you can add to the batch.
High-Tech: E-mails to the Baby
Create a free email account for your baby and send email messages to it as often as you’d like. You can even carbon copy (CC) friends and family members to notify them of your progress. Distant loved ones can also send email messages. You can also include photos, images, and documents as attachments.
The messages are stored electronically, so you’ll have a backup. Distant relatives can easily participate.
You need access to a computer or web-enabled device. There could be a slight learning curve for friends and family who aren’t computer savvy. You need to make sure the email account has enough storage to keep the messages indefinitely.
High-Tech: Video Messages to the Baby
This is a variation on the baby email, but done in a video format. You can record the videos and store them on your computer, or upload them to a video sharing service like a private YouTube channel and share them with friends and family. It could just be you talking to the camera, or you can get creative and act out little scenes or make a music video. With a video your baby will always have a permanent record of your face and voice during the time that you were pregnant.
The messages are stored on a server, so you have a backup. Friends and family from all over can view and comment on the videos.
It requires access to a computer or web-enabled device, and a digital video camera. There could be a slight learning curve for recording and uploading images.