Today marks week 38 of my pregnancy with our first baby! So I wanted to collect some of the resources and products that I’ve been loving during pregnancy and put them all in one place to share.
One of the first things I started searching for when we found out I was pregnant was a pregnancy journal. There are so many options out there, but I finally settled on the beautiful Growing You book by Korie Herold. I have loved using this journal to document my first pregnancy journey. It touches on all the main things I would want to document, has room for photos of ultrasounds and a pocket in the back for any other misc. things you want to save. I use this mini printer to add some photos to make the documentation even more special! This same artist/author has a baby book, As You Grow, that is just as beautiful and special that I’ll be using to document Baby E’s first year or so. You bet I’ll be using that photo printer like crazy for this book too! I’ve already filled out her shower pages!
Speaking of documenting your journey, I also found an amazing app that I have LOVED using to document my pregnancy even further with photos and captions. It's called Qeepsake. I started out with the free version, which allows you to answer all their pregnancy questions (up to two a day I believe) and add a few of your own entries, but decided to upgrade so I could add as many of my own entries as I wanted. I haven't even really used their prompts, I prefer to add my own special moments that I want to remember later on. I will then be able to turn those memories into an easy book to save forever and ever! There are so many app options out there, this is simply what I found to work best for me so that I actually used it.
I also love using google photos for saving all my photos. I created a couple different albums to make it easier to access the photos relating to pregnancy and baby things, like “bump pics”, “precious moments” etc.
Here are some of the books I’ve loved for pregnancy and birth prep (disclaimer: I’m not much of a reader and had much better intentions of reading a lot, but these are the only ones I actually got to lol):
Nurture - By far my favorite pregnancy and birth book! I didn't crack it open until later in pregnancy, so I focused more on the birth part of it. But it is full of wisdom and helpful tips for your pregnancy and birth experience and all in a tone that is reassuring and easy to digest.
The Whole Nine Months - This book is very practical when it comes to knowing what you should be eating and where to get the nutrients you need month by month. Highly recommend having it in your collection to reference when needed!
Before Your Were Born - This e-book has been my absolute favorite. It is full of prayers to pray over your pregnancy, birth and baby and even has a section with helpful resources and verses/affirmation for birth. Such an amazing book to help use your pregnancy to intentionally prepare for this big life change. I got it printed at the local print shop to make it easier to use and tag pages I knew I'd want to refer back to.
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P.s. the adorable Mama Bear mug is from Chalk Full of Love! Use this link to save 15% off and treat yourself! They even have a Papa Bear mug to match it!
Two apps I've used to track my pregnancy are What to Expect and BabyCenter. They give those fun weekly updates that tell you what fruit/veggie your baby is the size of (super important part of pregnancy) along with some really helpful info for the stage of pregnancy you are in! I used both hand in hand to give a wider range of info. If you want one for your man, my hubs loved this one!
There you have it! Some of my go-to things during pregnancy. I hope this can be helpful to you wherever you may be on your pregnancy journey! What are some go-to items and resources you loved during pregnancy?