I’ve always been big on journaling and taking notes so it seemed only natural to start a pregnancy journal at the beginning of my journey this past spring. Today I am sharing a look at the type of journals and notebook cover I use to chronicle my pregnancy as well as how I go about keeping a daily record.
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I got into the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (MTN) craze earlier this year and completely fell in love with the simple yet versatile design of a cover that can house multiple notebooks. I use a passport size MTN to house my everyday notebook, gratitude journal, and personal diary. I thought the same concept would work well for how I wanted to chronicle my pregnancy, as well.
I decided to splurge and bought myself a custom Van der Spek Nomad Traveler’s Notebook Cover. I’ve had my eye on this amazing company based in the Netherlands for their beautifully hand-crafted leather stationary goods, particularly their well sought after binder style planners. Van der Spek released the Nomad early this past summer just as I had settled on a regular size MTN as my pregnancy journal cover of choice and I quickly ordered one after the launch. I love that I was able to pick out both the outer and inner leathers as well as the stitching and interior pocket design for a completely customized product.
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I’m not going to go into detail about the notebook journal cover in this post, as I’d like to focus primarily on how I have been journaling throughout my pregnancy. I will do my best to post a separate overview of the Van der Spek Nomad in the next week or so for those who might be interested in a closer look at this beautiful traveler’s notebook cover.
I decided to make my own calendar style inserts for my pregnancy journal. I thought it would be more manageable to have just a small area to write on a daily basis and figured using a calendar-style weekly spread would facilitate my new daily habit. I designed this and a monthly spread using Microsoft Word tables. It’s a simple horizontal calendar with equal space for each day of the week as well as a “Notes” section for a general weekly recap. I write in the dates and week number of my pregnancy on each spread.
I keep track of four main categories each day, including my mood, any physical symptoms I’ve experienced, changes/notes from that day, and cravings. I also track my temperature each day just so I can stay in the habit of charting. I note my weight gain each week and any special occurrences like doctor’s appointments and travel. At the end of the week I make note of the vegetable/fruit size comparison of the baby at that point (as provided by the What To Expect app), my weekly weight gain, and my overall feelings about the week.
I like to use Staedtler Triplus Fineliner marker pens to color code my weekly spreads. They write well and do not bleed through my journal pages.
I also designed a simple month-on-two-page calendar for short notations to show the bigger picture of my pregnancy. It’s fun to look back over the months and see clearly how things have progressed. I use Transparent Deco Point Stickers I purchased from Etsy in circles, hearts, and flags to mark off special dates to remember, doctor’s appointments, and milestones both big and small. I also like using arrows from Station Stickers* in my monthly spreads.
I use a MTN Grid Notebook in my Nomad for notes that relate to my pregnancy. This includes a pregnancy timeline I pasted in, lists about products, and notes from books I’ve read. I keep a Jonathan Adler pen tucked into the pen loop of my Nomad for when I’m not color-coding.
I go into more detail about my pregnancy journal in this video:
I really enjoy my three notebook system for chronicling my pregnancy. Using a calendar-style approach makes it easy for me to keep up with on a daily basis. It takes just a couple of minutes each evening to fill in my experiences of the day. The monthly spread creates a clear visual representation of my journey for me to look back on. The great thing about using a traveler’s style notebook cover is that I can easily pull out these notebooks when my pregnancy is done to save for posterity and use the cover for something else.
I hope you enjoyed this look at my pregnancy journal. I’d love to know what you have used or are currently using to journal throughout your pregnancy if you care to share.
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