Are you beginning your journey through pregnancy having decided to journal the process? Are you struggling to get started and don't know where to turn or who to go to for help? Wouldn't it be nice to have some pregnancy journal prompts to get you started on your writing journey?
Well, look no further, for here are 20 prompts to get you well on your way to epiphany.
Why not extend your gratitude journaling practice to the expression of your pregnancy symptoms? Even through all the morning sickness, you can surely find something to be grateful for, right? What are you grateful for today?
Making your own DIY pregnancy journal, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in it and to forget what exactly happened today. So, go on, pick something that happened today, and write about it in detail. Grabbing onto these anchoring points of reference is a perfect way to ensure you don't get swallowed whole by experience.
Have there been any moments recently that you immediately hoped would never fade from your memory? Well, you better quickly make a note of them in as much detail as possible before they get sucked into the endless void and evade your recollection forevermore.
Have you learned anything new about yourself through the process of pregnancy? If so, what exactly might that be? And how did it make you feel?
Making note of these acts of revelation now means there will be something great for you to return to later to remind you of your present in the future.
5. Learning II
Have you and your partner learned anything collectively through the process of pregnancy? If so, what have you both learned together? How did it make you collectively feel? And how are you going to act differently as a result? You are one unit in these moments, don't ever forget that.
Have there been any moments recently where you have just felt happy for no apparent reason? Make a note of these moments anytime they happen. The hormones involved in the pregnancy process are intense and relentless at times, so it's important to have positive moments to reflect upon in harder times.
What does motherhood mean to you? Even if you haven't yet given birth to your child, you will no doubt already have some clear views of what motherhood is even if they change later down the line. Make a note of them now so you can reference them later.
This is usually a pretty big moment for any prospective parent wherein the abstract concept of parenthood becomes a very real and tangible thing. What did you feel emotionally and physically during your last ultrasound scan? What about the one before that?
Eventually, you will begin to feel your child moving around in there. In some instances, you will even begin to hear their heartbeat alongside yours. How does that make you feel? Write it down in as much detail as possible so you can share it with the child when they are old enough to understand.
Some days are more special than others for whatever reason. If you have had a special day recently, why not make a note of it in your pregnancy journal so that you have something positive to reflect on when the going gets tough?
What do you know about pregnancy now that you could never have foreseen? What unique aspects of pregnancy have you come to the realization of yourself? Has it been surprisingly good for your mental health? Even though it was an unplanned pregnancy and you were altogether surprised at the result of your pregnancy test, has it been an epiphanic experience?
What symptoms have you felt today? Are they different from any you have already felt or are they altogether new to you? Perhaps your baby shower has exaggerated any symptoms you were already feeling. Pregnancy journaling is the perfect way to keep track of all these things, no matter whether you are just beginning or occupying a space in the third trimester.
Have the physical changes been more of a challenge than you otherwise thought they would be? Are you, instead, finding the emotional battle more difficult by the day? Use your journal entries to keep track of it all.
14. Changing Body
Perhaps your greatest challenge as a woman is just how fast and how radically your body is changing. You might once have been into your physical fitness and now, since you've felt the baby move, your feelings on this are all conflicted.
One of the defining parts of pregnancy for some is the weird cravings the mother tends to get as a result of the stew of hormones bubbling away within their body. Make a note of all the things you have been craving as well as tell your support system so you can all have a good laugh after the fact.
Of course, just as there might be some things that your symptoms today have you craving, there will no doubt be things that your body can no longer handle. Make a note of these too, even if only to appreciate their oddity after the fact.
Closely related to this would be an encouragement for you to make a note of all the things your body disagrees with to the point of nausea. This would make a great note for anyone to look after you and feed you properly when you are sick to the point of muteness.
What was the first thing you bought for your baby? In a late capitalist world, our love is often defined by the things we buy those closest to us, so buy that ultrasound photo and that birth plan. Who knows, it might be the last thing you do.
Just as there are plenty of things to be positive about, there will come times when you find yourself sad beyond reason. Try to make a note of why you feel this way and then revel in some of the more positive memories you have made a note of in your journal.
Heck, your baby might not even have a name yet. If not, then a journal is a great place to keep track of all the baby name ideas that you have accrued already with your partner.
So, there you have it! Hopefully, you are now feeling ready and able to get started chronicling your pregnancy for the greater good!
FAQs Pregnancy Journal Prompts
WHY IS PREGNANCY JOURNALING GOOD FOR YOU?
If you are the kind of person who is constantly forgetting things then chances are you are going to want to start journaling your way to the top while you are pregnant. Think of all the small moments that are so easily forgotten especially in the hyper-information age that we live in. The last thing you want to do is leave those beautiful memories behind, right?
HOW DO YOU START A PREGNANCY JOURNAL?
Starting a pregnancy journal is as easy as purchasing an empty notebook with an open mind and an honest heart and beginning to write. In order to get the most out of it, you are best advised to just be as honest as you can, never sparing any of the gruesome details that make the best memoirs so compelling.
WHAT IS A PREGNANCY JOURNAL?
A pregnancy journal is a journal that is dedicated to capturing any musings that might arise while pregnant. In this way, they are almost always the preserve of the pregnant party, though it is not outside the realm of the imagination for a man to have his own maternity journal. It would simply contain a different set of things.
WHAT DO YOU WRITE IN A PREGNANCY JOURNAL?
A pregnancy journal can be filled with just about anything you like. Heck, even if it doesn't directly pertain to the pregnancy that you are going through, it can still be put in because it is a product of you while you are pregnant.