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Documenting your Pregnancy the Rise of the Pregnancy Portrait

I recently saw a photo of a woman’s pregnant belly with the outline of her baby’s tiny foot pressing against her from the inside, what an amazing capture. I’m sure she and her family will treasure it forever. A combined written and photo, or even video, journal is a wonderful way to chronicle your pregnancy.

Digital cameras make it possible for your life partner or family to record you and the events of that brief time in your life. Morning sickness, back pain and child birth are part of pregnancy that you will forget about as soon as your baby is born, and that’s a very good thing. But the good memories are worth recording, not just for you, but for your child, friends and family.

The best way to make sure you have everything you’ll need to put your memories together is to assign a drawer or a plastic storage box for items you think you may want to keep. Later, after the baby is born and you’ve had a little time to settle in, you can go through the box and create your memories. I suggest that you wait a while before beginning to compile them into a collection as some things that may seem rather unimportant now may be what you treasure most later on. If you have one central place to ‘throw’ the bits and pieces, you’re less likely to lose track of them when you’re ready to create your journal.

Items for your collection:

Photos of you from the earliest states of your pregnancy. I never looked better than when I was four-months pregnant. Breast swelling does have it’s ‘perks’.

Photos of friends and family who were with you. We tend to lose track of people over the years and you’ll want a photo of that special person who brought you tea and crackers. Also get a few shots of your doc and the office staff – you’ll come to know them well, trust me.

Printouts of ultrasounds or scans.

Notes, cards and letters from friends and family. Maybe printout some of the emails as well, since most of our contact these days seems to be through the internet.

A magazine or two that chronicle what’s happening in the world during that time.

A couple of t-shirts that have meaning for you or that reflect the times. I recently gave my grandson the t-shirt I bought the day he was born. A local team had won the championship. I also had a shirt from a rock group that was popular. He wears them all the time now.

A newspaper from the day your child was born.

Ticket stubs from movies, concerts or sporting events you attended while pregnant.

Photos of your home and neighborhood, neighbors, etc. You’ll most likely move a number of times in your life and neighborhoods fade and change. Get those pictures now!

Photos of pets, trips to the zoo or amusement park, family gatherings, etc.

Basically, throw everything smaller than a piano into that drawer or box. You can always throw it out later, but I’m willing to bet that if you wait a few years before opening your own time capsule, you’ll treasure every scrap!