4 Ways to Create Lasting Memories of Your Pregnancy
In the midst of morning sickness, extreme fatigue, crazy food cravings, skin problems, and back pain, there may times in your pregnancy when you long for it to end. As your due date approaches, time may feel as if it is literally standing still. Yet when you are holding your newborn in your arms on his or her first day of life the pregnancy aches and pains will melt away. After you recover from birth and start to feel like yourself again, you may even long to feel your baby kicking you from the inside. You may also find yourself reaching for your baby bump to rub. Instead of wishing you savored your pregnancy a bit more, there are a few ways you can celebrate this time in your life.
Pregnancy- the longest, shortest time in your life. When it's over you can't remember what life was like without this new human being you love so intensely.
Document your growing belly with bump photos. This can be done with a tripod, your iPhone, or with the help of someone else behind the camera. During my first pregnancy I took weekly bump photo. I also used the The Belly Book: A Nine Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly to document feelings, cravings, and events occurring in my life each week of my pregnancy. After my second pregnancy, I created a small hardcover photo book with my weekly bump photos, using an online photo printing service. I documented my most recent pregnancy with a photo after each doctor appointment. I then included snippets of recent life events on the picture using photo editing software.
2. Get Crafty
This is the only time in your life that your growing belly will be celebrated, so why not decorate it with a beautiful piece of artwork. From painting a pumpkin during the fall season to having your preschooler paint on your bump, the possibilities for belly artwork are endless. A Pregnancy Belly Painting Kit contains paints that go on and wash off easily.
3. Henna Art
Henna art is an ancient practice used by pregnant women for its calming effects. Henna is also believed to bring an easy delivery and healthy baby. Some soon-to-be moms even incorporate henna pampering into their baby shower. After the henna is applied, be sure to take plenty of pictures to celebrate your belly artwork. Although henna is safe to use in a healthy pregnancy, it's always recommended to consult with your doctor before using it. Henna should not be used if you have Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency, anemia, or any chronic or acute condition that affects your blood or immune system.
4. Pregnancy Keepsake Box
Did you ever make a memory box or time capsule as a child or adult? Pregnancy is a perfect time to make a keepsake box. Use it as a place to put your sonograms, lists of baby names you brainstormed, and wrapping paper and cards from your baby shower. During my first pregnancy, I audio recorded the baby's heartbeat at one of my prenatal appointments and put the tape in my keepsake box. My husband and I also took turns interviewing each other with baby related questions. Then we burned the interviews onto a DVD and put it in the box.
What are you doing to remember and celebrate your pregnancy?