Journaling can have a positive impact on your pregnancy experience. Here you will find 30+ journal prompts for your pregnancy journal.
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Journaling consistently can be challenging. Before my pregnancy, I had started several journals but eventually, each would find it’s way in a junk drawer or simply forgotten.
However, whenever big events were happening in my life, I’d find my way back to a journal.
My last big event was last year; I gave birth to my daughter. When I learned I was pregnant, I was overcome with a roller coaster of emotions. Some of those feelings were easy to share with friends and family, others I wanted to write in a safe place.
It feels good to write down thoughts and emotions without feeling judged
The feelings I wasn’t ready to share aloud, were perfect for a journal. Also, journals can be great for record keeping.
30+ MINDFUL PREGNANCY JOURNALING PROMPTS
- I learned I was pregnant on _____________. Here’s what led up to me taking the test _______.
- When I found out I was pregnant I felt____________.
- What is my greatest fear about this pregnancy?
- What are my best thoughts about this pregnancy?
- What do I wish for my unborn child?
- What song or songs best reflect this time in my life?
- Who am I most excited for my baby to meet?
- How do I believe this child will change my daily routines?
- What are 10 things I am grateful for right now? (I’d repeat this one often)
- When I learned my baby’s gender, it was __________.
- My growing family is appreciated because __________.
- Feeling a baby moving inside me feels ___________.
- Choosing a name for my baby is _____________.
- Right now, pregnancy feels ______________.
- Pregnancy symptoms are am experiencing today are __________.
- The best part of this pregnancy so far is ____________.
- I can’t believe I’m craving ____________.
- I wish ___________ was here to experience this journey with me. I’d tell him/her _____________.
- Creating a space in the home of the baby makes me feel __________.
- I am most proud of myself for ____________.
- My girlfriend/boyfriend/mate/spouse has been most helpful with _________.
- Not being able to _____________ during this pregnancy is ___________.
- The first baby item I purchased is __________. It makes me feel ___________.
- I am most looking forward to ___________.
- The first ultrasound of my baby was __________.
- Hearing my child’s heartbeat on the monitor made me feel__________.
- Planning for life after pregnancy has been ___________.
- If my child could have any of my life teachers/educators, I’d choose _________.
- My child will be a Winter/Summer/Fall/Spring baby like __________.
- My favorite pregnancy product is ___________ because __________.
- My favorite place to be alone with my baby and my thoughts __________.
- List all the kind thing strangers have done to bring a laugh or smile.
- Describe the best part of my childhood I hope my baby gets to experience.
WHY PREGNANCY JOURNALING IS BENEFICIAL
The benefits of journaling aren’t unique for pregnancy. Pregnancy just happens to be a time when women are faced with physical and emotional stress, forgetfulness, anxiety, and sometimes even decreases in productivity.
- Journaling can be a stress management tool.
- Journaling can boost your memory.
- Journaling can be helpful in managing anxiety.
- Journal can be useful for managing depression.
- Journaling can help with productivity.
It just makes sense to take advantage of an inexpensive tool that isn’t time-consuming for the purpose of well-being in pregnancy and in life.
It just feels good to write. Sometimes, there is a nice high that happens after a good writing session. I imagine it’s like those highs that runners get. You have to feel it to understand. And while I may never understand the runner’s high – this one I get.
HOW TO START A PREGNANCY JOURNAL
Starting a journal isn’t complicated you only need a few inexpensive tools to get started. The most important thing you need is FREE!
1B. APPS: Of course, there are apps for journaling. There are apps for everything.
2. COMMITMENT (FREE): If you are going to give journaling a try, decide to commit to the process for however many months you have remaining in your pregnancy. You can then look back on your writing as a keepsake or throw it away for the practice of letting go of sentimental possessions.
USE JOURNAL PROMPTS TO MAKE JOURNALING A HABIT (EVEN AFTER PREGNANCY)
Developing any task as a habit takes time. Here are a few tips to help make journaling a habit:
- Do it daily. Even starting out with just a few minutes a day helps.
- Don’t judge your writing. A journal isn’t for publishing. Grammar shouldn’t be significant for this style of writing. This is for you.
- Don’t just write about the negatives. Looking back in your journal, you’ll want to remember the good things too. If it’s just a negative reel, you may be less likely to go back to it.
- Pair your journaling with another habit. Perhaps you could write a few words in your journal before checking social media on the phone.
- Set a journaling alarm. If you consistently have free time, try having an alarm for writing in your journal.
- Choose a time and space you are likely to be uninterrupted.
If you have additional pregnancy journaling prompts you would love to see on the list, drop them in the comments.
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