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What better way to celebrate the memory of that sweet baby bump than by finding creative ways to document your pregnancy!
I mean, as long as it takes for those 9 months to pass sometimes, they also fly by in the blink of an eye.
I remember being pregnant with my first, so unsure of what to expect. I looked online for different ways I could document my pregnancy and I actually did quite a few from this list!
Some of the others I simply never got around to, but they are still great ideas.
So buckle up and get ready to make some memories throughout your pregnancy, you ready?
1. Use a pregnancy planner
Using a pregnancy planner is a great way to track every step of your pregnancy!
It’s also helps you stay organized, complete all the things that need to get done before baby arrives, and allows you to track each trimester!
The pregnancy planner I personally recommend is the Oh Baby Pregnancy Planner!
What I love the most is that it’s broken down into EACH trimester (as seen in the photos below):
I also really enjoyed that this pregnancy planner includes preparation sheets of ‘things to do’ before baby arrives such as preparing your home, preparing your finances, and preparing to go on maternity leave!
Now, this is NOT the only pregnancy planner on the market, however, it’s the one I used and really enjoyed which is why I have to mention it. I tend to be someone that also likes things very structured and organized which this planner does very well.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll love it too!
One thing I did that was not in the planner is I had created my own little photo sleeves to insert our sonogram photos (which were pretty minimal) under the corresponding trimester.
So, you can totally take this and put your own spin on it as well!
2. Take bump pictures week by week
Taking bump pictures was one of my FAVORITE things during my first pregnancy!
Once my son was born, I was able to look back week by week and see that growing belly each week. I was also able to compare my second pregnancy to the first and boy were they SO different!
Now, if you’re shy, don’t even worry! You don’t have to share these photos or post them online, girl take them for your own memories!
As you can see down below, I put a little side by side comparison of my personal “bumpies” aka bump selfies I took when I was pregnant with my boys!
How to take weekly baby bump pictures
I personally find the side standing position to be the best because you can really visualize your growing baby bump well.
However, there really is NO wrong way to take these! I tend to be pretty informal with my photos. I don’t dress up all fancy.
I just stand in the same position, usually in the same spot of our home, prop up my phone and auto-time those babies!
These are side by side comparisons between my first pregnancy and my second pregnancy.
3. Make a sonogram scrapbook
This was actually a really cute little design I had found on Pinterest! One woman created pre-made scrapbook pages so that you don’t have to do any work other than simply attaching your photos!
You can check out the scrapbook pages here.
However, if you’re pretty crafty, you could totally make these on your own!
4. Write letters to baby (monthly)
I absolutely LOVE this idea and really wish I had taken the time do to these.
I’ve actually seen that you can purchase an envelope book called, “Letters to my baby“. It comes with pre-made envelopes all marked for your little one to one day be able to open and read!
Or, you can get your own envelopes, your own stationary and write your own letters to your soon to be little one!
Either way, it’ll have just as much meaning the day you write them and the day you get to watch your little bundle of joy open them up!
5. Start a Pregnancy and Baby Memory Book
The pregnancy and baby memory book is kind of a combination between the scrapbook and pregnancy planner.
You basically get a memory book created to capture the memories as early on through your pregnancy up until after the baby is born!
It’s just another great way to gather all those sweet memories and place them all into one place that you’ll always be able to look back on.
One of my favorite memory books is called: The luxury baby memory book (my baby journal)
6. Create a belly casting mold
I’ve heard from many of my mama friends that one of their favorite activities to do while pregnant was to make a belly casting kit!
Some of them kept their casts as decoration in the home while others simply just use it for photo purposes.
Whichever route you choose to go, make sure you get yourself a reliable DIY kit, like this one by Pearhead!
You can totally have fun with these by painting them, leaving them as is, dressing them up a bit — the options are endless!
7. Take Maternity Photos
Alright, this one’s a given, right? Maternity photos are SO much fun (at least I think they are). Unfortunately, these tend to be by far the priciest option on this list, so if it’s not something in your budget, that’s OK too!
For our second pregnancy, we had our maternity shoot scheduled for May, which was right around the time the whole COVID-19 situation peaked. Needless to say, we had to cancel our photos and weren’t able to have a session.
HOWEVER, that didn’t stop us! We threw on some decent clothes, got in our backyard, put our phone on a self-timer, and snapped some photos!
Even though they weren’t “professional” quality, they were still meaningful to us and thats all that mattered.
You can checkout some of the pics from our little ‘backyard photoshoot’ pics below!
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What creative ways to document pregnancy did you do?!?!
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