Creating a Pregnancy Journal

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It would be patronizing, a massive understatement and just plain wrong of me to tell you that becoming a mother is a journey. Motherhood (or fatherhood for that matter) is not a “journey.” Journeys have destinations; they have an end. Perhaps referring to pregnancy as a journey is more applicable because at least you have a vague due date to work with. Of course no such date of expiry exists once you become a parent.

I feel that pregnancy is more akin to a roller-coaster that’s on a seemingly permanent loop. It’s exciting. It can be scary. It will probably make you want to vomit (just until your body gets used to its new center of gravity). There are lots of twists and turns, more than a few surprises and from time to time you’re going to want the ride to end. But then this happens…

From those first glimpses of a tiny yolk sack, to hearing your unborn child’s heartbeat for the very first time, this is a unique moment in your lifetime and I would urge you to document it.

While baby books have been around for a long time, ‘pregnancy journals’ are the new(er) kid on the block. And while moms and dads will no doubt enjoy looking through these records, as time goes by, these keepsakes of living history have the potential to become treasured family heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation. I still have the one my mother made for me and my mother still has the one her mother made for her. And in an increasingly digitized world, it is entirely possible that a baby book written by hand today will become the only evidence your child will have of your handwriting to show their child; and so on. Anyone who has ever embarked on a genealogical search will attest to the power of holding an ancestor’s cursive letter in their hands.

When I found out that I was pregnant with our second child, I knew that I wouldn’t have the time to devote to the same type of pregnancy journal that I had with our eldest child. This was actually the impetus for my entry into the blogosphere.

There are so many easy, creative and simple ways to start this journal. Follow this link for a plethora of ideas, tips and resources.

So with that in mind, I strolled back through my own personal blog to share how I felt the day I heard a second heartbeat for the very first time.

May 9th, 2011
My heart skipped a beat

Today I heard my unborn child’s heartbeat for the first time.

We are one vessel. I am hers or his and she or he is mine. I have stopped many times to ponder the magnitude of sheer awesomeness that is this experience of being charged with carrying another human life in my body. Too soon this child will be walking around, laughing, playing, falling, crying, shaking it off and doing it all over again.

Before I know it, he or she will be a physical reality to the rest of the world in a way that he or she already is to me. And I will have to learn, all over again, how to watch my heart walking around outside my body.

Additional Medical Information

While moms-to-be are keeping their own creative Pregnancy Journals, they may also want a convenient way to track their medical records both during and after pregnancy. Samitivej Hospital’s “My Health Profile” tool, available securely on their website, can help store your medical records such as LAB results, doctor’s comments, drug information, X-rays and ultrasounds.

Learn more at My Health Profile on

My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

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