Pregnancy is the perfect time to keep a journal, even if you haven’t scribbled notes in a diary since childhood.
Why keep a pregnancy journal?
- The emotions, struggles and routines of your pregnancy are worth remembering…but they are easily forgotten.
- It’s a helpful way to recall the uniqueness of each pregnancy and birth if you have more than one child.
- A diary of your thoughts and reflections may be a keepsake for your family someday.
But there are as many pregnancy journals out there as there are stretch marks & potty stops.
Which top pregnancy journal is right for you?
|The Best Pregnancy Journals||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Korie Herold As You Grow||Gender-neutral, from pregnancy to age 5, lay-flat design||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Pearhead Pregnancy Journal||Hardcover, 7 pocket pages||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Journals of a Lifetime Bump to Birthday||Up to baby's first birthday, Award winner & international bestseller||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Expecting You Pregnancy Journal||Month to month tracking, lots of writing space||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Belly Book Pregnancy Journal||Tabbed organization, place for many belly shots||♥♥♥♥♥|
The Best Pregnancy Journals This Year
As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby
The As You Grow: Modern Memory Book for Baby redefines what a baby book should look like. Its gender-neutral appeal is a perfect gift for parents who are waiting to find out if they’re having a boy or girl. You can jot down memories of your little one starting from pregnancy all the way through age 5.
Pearhead Pregnancy Journal
The Pearhead Pregnancy Journal will not ask you for facts and figures about your pregnancy and it may not be well-suited for the dedicated, long-winded journaler. This black, gold and white hardcover memory journal contains seven pocket pages for holding keepsakes and pictures along with journaling pages for everything else you’d like to record. Slightly more expensive per page than the others, this unisex journal may be a perfect fit if your desire is to collect photos rather than words.
Bump to Birthday
Bump to Birthday moves through your pregnancy at a weekly pace and contains both prompts and room for your own thoughts. There is space for logging details about your baby’s growth and spots to add photos. This award winner and international bestseller continues with the journal pages all the way up to your baby’s first birthday. However, it doesn’t start the pages for recording until the 9th week of pregnancy, which is right about when the morning sickness is in full swing.
Expecting You: A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal
Expecting You is lightweight, modern-looking and chock full of writing space. It’s easy to take along in your purse, so you can catch up while you’re at that doctor’s appointment.
If you’d like your pregnancy journal to focus on words, not photos, then this one’s a keeper. Note that this book tracks progress month-to-month, not weekly or day-to-day as some others do.
The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly
The Belly Book is a sturdy, spiral bound journal that tracks the growth of your baby while leaving you space to finish the questions and thought prompts. With handy organizing tabs, colored pages, and space for regular belly bump photos, it’s a repeat favorite for some parents. But not everyone needs that many belly shots, especially during their first trimester, you say. This is true, but perhaps you can fill in those pages with anything else that will follow you on your nine-month journey.
Childhood History Journal
If you’re looking to capture all the things about your child’s life in one book, the Childhood History Journal is the one for you! Starting from pregnancy and going through age 18, this book has writing prompts and 254 pages to fill up over the years. Choose from 6 different colored journals.
Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting
There aren’t many pregnancy journals out there that include devotionals and prompts to write letters to your little one. If you are looking for simple writing space for pregnancy progress and photos, Waiting in Wonder isn’t that type. But for the right person, this high-quality, gift-worthy volume offers a spiritual focus and encouraging scripture verses. The journal’s 400 pages and low price makes it the best value of the bunch.
40ish Weeks: A Pregnancy Journal
40ish Weeks has lots of space for writing, so if long-form writing is your thing, you won’t feel penned in. If quick notations suit you better, you may drown in its bounty of blank pages. Or, use those extra pages at your baby shower for guests to write helpful advice. Or keep track of all your favorite baby names. It also offers prompts and blanks for weekly pregnancy updates. This journal is popular and liked for its whimsical and “not-too-girly” style.
The Nine Pregnancy Countdown Journal
Featuring a fresh, gender-neutral design, The Nine Pregnancy Countdown Journal contains easy, weekly writing prompts — great for that quickie journal entry. If you are a prolific writer, you may feel the lack of extra writing space. This journal has a modern, edgy style and contains some questions you may not want to answer and share publicly, such as What’s up with my sex life? This pregnancy journal was created by a husband/wife team.
Bump For Joy
Divided up by trimester, Bump for Joy is loaded with writing prompts and lots of photo space. This is a comprehensive journal that includes almost everything — from the family tree to signs of labor. It’s a quality hardcover designed for both first-time moms and experienced mothers.
When We Became Three: A Memory Book for the Modern Family
When We Became Three includes a rare focus on the love that made baby possible – mommy and daddy. If you want your baby to know the love story before the birth story, there’s a place to record that here. This journal is not a comprehensive, scrapbook-type book, but its pages are ideal for those who want to chronicle things in a simple, family-centered way.
One Mom Wishes…
An experienced mom records why she wishes she’d had a pregnancy journal.
“If I would have written in a pregnancy journal, I would have…”
- …been motivated to treat both of my pregnancies more equal.
- …had a systematic collection of my feelings during my pregnancy.
- …been more ‘present.’
- …had a priceless gift for my ancestors.
- …collected a list of all the helpful resources.
- …checked off the tasks I needed to do every trimester.
Pregnancy may be one of the most unique and amazing journeys you will ever experience. Taking some regular time to record it every day or two will give you a keepsake of memories to enjoy and share with your child.
- Try to find the right day, time, and place for a time of peaceful reflection or meditation. Take a deep breath, exhale and consider what has happened and how you feel before you start putting pen to paper.
- Interview other moms, collecting and recording their advice.
- Gather scrapbook memories (like photos, receipts and ticket stubs) that will help you remember how you lived life throughout this nine-month journey.
- Jot down thoughts and hopes you have for your little one.
- Share your dreams, because pregnancy often gives women vivid, strange dreams.
- Track physical changes as your baby grows.
- Record things by making lists, such as: Which foods do you crave? Which ones do you hate right now?
- List ways pregnancy has changed your views of life, love, self and others.
- Create a list of people that have encouraged, helped, and affirmed you on this journey.
FAQs for Best Pregnancy Journals
What is a pregnancy journal?
A pregnancy journal is a notebook or scrapbook that holds all the details about your pregnancy. Some journals include space to record memories after baby is born, too.
What should I write in a pregnancy journal?
Popular things people like to include in pregnancy journals are prenatal doctor appointment details, how their pregnancy went, and birth stats (date of birth, weight, height). Many moms also like to include their thoughts and wishes for their baby. Some pregnancy journals work well for documenting milestones and memories after baby is born, too, such as when baby first rolled over, crawled, etc.
What’s the best way to document a pregnancy?
There’s no perfect way to document a pregnancy, so that means that you can be creative! In addition to writing down little notes and milestone dates, you can also include photographs, cards, and other significant things you want to remember and hold onto in a pregnancy journal.
What are the benefits of keeping a pregnancy journal?
Written memories last longer.
“The moment your baby is born, you will only remember about three things from your pregnancy and two of them will be heartburn,” says writer and author Geralyn Broder Murray. Your pregnancy journey can be quickly forgotten after your baby arrives — in the years to come, you’ll be glad you wrote everything down.
Journaling can be relaxing & creative. The intensity of pregnancy sometimes needs a creative outlet. Tracking your feelings and emotions can give you a sense of control during this new experience of pregnancy. Expressive writing can ease stress and anxiety.
Recording thoughts may help you bond with baby.
“Logging your thoughts can help you to begin developing an attachment to your baby,” says Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., a psychologist in San Francisco. And once your child is older, giving her the background can reinforce the special bond you share.
I’m Pregnant. What do I do first?
- Make an appointment to see your physician or midwife.
- tell your caregivers about all medications – some may need to be stopped/changed
- do not add over-the-counter medications without your caregivers’ (or at least pharmacist’s) approval
- Begin taking a folic acid supplement.
- Arrange for someone else to take care of kitty litter box.
- Stop smoking and end consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
- If you are using illicit substances, now is the time get the help you need to stop.
- Transition into a healthy diet, if you do not already eat healthily.
- Maintain moderate exercise (or begin light, low-impact exercise).
- Get plenty of rest.
What books should I read before having a baby?
There are so many good ones. Here are four that should cover most of the bases.
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
- 50 Things Before You Deliver at Amazon, Jill Krause
- The Expectant Father, Armin A. Brot and Jennifer Ash
- Praying Through Your Pregnancy, Jennifer Polimino and Carolyn Warren
When should we tell our family we’re pregnant?
Though this, of course, is a personal choice, most people choose to wait until they’ve met with their obstetrician. Some wait longer, until the end of the first trimester or later, when the risk of miscarriage is reduced. This allows privacy, if desired, surrounding the possible loss of the pregnancy.
Some may wait until they know the sex of the child. Sharing this news of pregnancy should be a happy event, but if, for some reason, you need time, privacy, or independence in the matters of your pregnancy, do yourself a favor, and wait until you are
Do I need a pregnancy journal?
A pregnancy journal, as such, is not a need; but you might want to have at least a notepad or small notebook in which to keep important information about appointments, names and telephone numbers of an obstetrician or other caregivers, prescribed medications/supplements/exercise, and any unusual symptoms.
You may also want to record information about the times you first learned you were expecting, felt your baby move, shared the good news with your parents, learned the baby’s sex, selected a name, any baby showers, etc. If you are researching pediatricians or child care for your baby after birth, you might also include this information. A pregnancy journal may provide space for all this information; storage for photos/ultrasounds, cards, etc.; and space for thoughts, reflections, hopes, and prayers.
Do I need both a pregnancy journal and baby book?
Not necessarily. There are journals and baby books that cover ranges all the way from pregnancy or baby’s first year only, to pregnancy through age 18. Too, there are some books that encourage longer entries while others expect only very short, regular entries. So, think ahead a little bit and decide which kind of book(s) might be best for you.
What are the most urgent purchases for my expected baby?
- Car seat – Your baby can’t leave the hospital without one. Research carefully. Which seat is right for your car, family, and lifestyle?
- Crib – safe crib and/or travel crib for baby with appropriate mattress covers and fitted sheets.
- Diaper bag – not so expensive as car seat and crib, but you’ll need it immediately.
- Baby carrier, if you plan to use one right away.
- More immediate needs: Diapers, blankets, burp cloths, onesies, bottles if needed. Pacifier?
Not all of us enjoy writing each day, but the best pregnancy journals make it pretty easy to get started. Some offer writing prompts and lots of space for those of us that can’t write down our thoughts fast enough. Other journals are a great fit for those who like to snap and collect photos.
Whichever journal you choose, don’t think that you have to complete the volume all by yourself. Involve family and friends, because that will make the keepsake even more special.
When you journal your journey, you’re not doing this only for yourself. You are giving up your time and energy for your child…and isn’t that the story of motherhood?