Seven different ways to record your pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting time filled with amazing moments which leave you in awe of the little life growing inside you.
What’s more awesome is that you can record your growing bump, the first time you heard your baby’s heart beat or your weird cravings in different ways making for a collection of memories that you can share with your child when they are older and with close family and friends.
We’ve come up with seven cool ways you can document your pregnancy journey.
- Collect precious moments in a scrap book
Your first sonograph, image of the pregnancy test and pregnancy shoot can go into your scrapbook. Make your scrapbook more colourful by choosing a theme according to the sex of your baby. If you are having a girl you can go with a ballerina theme and decorate your scrapbook with an image of your first baby outfit which could be a tutu. Go one step further and use ribbons and tutu material to give your scrapbook a classic ballerina feel.
- Capture it all on video
Invest in a good, quality video camera or use your cellphone, just make sure that it captures video in HD. Record each month and the milestones on camera such as your doctor’s appointment to find out if you are having a boy or girl, when you pick out colours and furniture for your nursery and also a special message you have for your baby.
- Timeline tools
This is a great way to chronicle each step of your pregnancy journey. Create a timeline online by collecting all your monumental memories and using Shoebox timeline. The app is easy to use and allows you to share your timeline with loved one.
- A selfie a day
A fan of selfies? Take your selfie obsession further and create a selfie series. In each selfie, wear the same outfit and put your baby bump in full view as you record the growth.
- Cast your belly in stone
Put an artistic twist on recording your pregnancy and cast your belly in clay. You can keep this in your nursery or in a special place in your home to show your little one day. Decorate your cast belly by painting it or writing inspirational words or a message on it.
- Journal it
A simple yet touching way to remember your pregnancy is through writing out your experience. Write about how you felt when you found out you were expecting a baby, your first doctor’s visit, what your partner said when you told him he was about to become a dad and how you chose to tell family and friends. Record your baby shower experience and the feelings of joy of having your loved ones celebrate your you and your child.
- Voice it out with an audio recording
Like a journal, making voice recordings are a great way to chronicle your pregnancy experience. Add background music or share your favourite tracks which made your baby kick in these audio recordings. Record the music that you played your child as he grew in your belly or record your partner talking to your baby.
What ways have you used to record your pregnancy? We’d love to hear from you!
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