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How To Deal With A Difficult Pregnancy

A pregnancy is always unpredictable and due to the fact that each body is different, generalising a pregnancy is almost impossible. While some women have a rather pleasant and smooth tenure, some others deal with innumerable issues right from Day 1. Some of the problems are temporary while others last till delivery. Apart from the obvious signs and symptoms, some women seem to deal with chronic issues that tend to make pregnancy very difficult and uncomfortable.

Here Are A Few Issues And Their Solutions That Might Help:

1. Morning Sickness

First trimester brings along with it an extremely uncomfortable experience that is often termed as ‘Morning Sickness’. Quite contrary to the name, a majority of women face this problem throughout the day. There is nausea and extreme food aversions that are supposed to fade away as second trimester begins but for some this intensifies to become Hyperemesis Gravidarum1  (HG). Nausea seems to be an everlasting thing for those who suffer from this and some might also need to be admitted to a hospital to replace essential fluids through IV. Frequent rehydration by drinking ginger ale, lemonade, fruit juices and sports drinks can help manage the loss of fluids. Doctors always recommend eating in lesser quantities and having a cracker first thing in the morning.

2. Placenta Previa

A low-lying placenta usually affects women in their second trimester. In the initial stages, you might have a low-lying placenta but it tends to move upward as the pregnancy progresses. For some it does not and covers a significant part of the birth canal. You might experience vaginal bleeding in the latter half of pregnancy and might also need a C-section to avoid excessive bleeding during delivery. You might ask, “Why me?” but a lot of women who have undergone this, do deliver healthy babies. Frequent monitoring via ultrasounds and relying on the doctor’s verdict is important here. Not lifting heavy weights, not indulging in strenuous exercise and resting well are recommended.

3. Gestational Diabetes

One of the most disturbing difficulties is developing Gestational Diabetes2 that is on the rise these days. This generally shows up in between Week 24-28 and is either because the expecting mother is obese or overweight to begin with or has a history of GD in the family. Dealing with GD is difficult but not impossible. Regular blood tests, staying active, eating healthy, including fibrous food in diet, excluding sugar in any form, avoiding empty calories and regular visits to the doctor can help in curbing blood sugar levels and keeping the pregnancy safe and sound.

4. Pregnancy After Repeated Miscarriages

If you have had a miscarriage in the past, your current pregnancy is definitely precious. Some experience complications like vaginal bleeding, early breaking of waters, fear of preterm labour and the threat of another miscarriage. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will need to be closely monitored and you might also need complete bed rest to ensure that the pregnancy thrives. With proper care, there is every possibility that you will deliver healthy babies.

For a difficult pregnancy, it is very important that the partner, family members, doctor/midwife support the expecting mother throughout; both mentally as well as physically so that the stress of this difficulty never sets in. 

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperemesis_gravidarum
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes

How To Tell Your Family The Good News

Now that you have told your husband the good news, how will you announce this to your immediate family? The news of a baby is extremely special for grandparents and other family members, especially if this is the first addition to the family. Making this announcement special is bound to create several happy memories that will bring the family together to celebrate this beautiful cause. How can you make it memorable for those who matter?

1. Send A Card

A lot of feelings can be conveyed by sending cards to your near and dear ones. Pick a card that announces the pregnancy in a fun way like something that says, “It’s time to acquire your diaper changing skills!” DIY cards1 are the best. You can customise the cards as you want them to look like and write the exact messages that would make this announcement extra special.

2. Get Printed Tees

“World’s Best Grandpa” and “World’s Best Granny” are some of the captions that you can get printed on basic tees and gift your parents of your in-laws as soon as you are ready to make the announcement. They will feel overwhelmed at the news and the very thought of tiny little babies calling them out very soon. You can get these tees personalised as per your needs and these are readily available in a lot of shops these days because of their growing popularity.

3. Buy Board Books

Get a few copies of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and send them to your family members with a note that says, ‘Gear up to read this a thousand times over!’ Remember to buy board books so that they know this is for a baby and not for them to read!

4. Get Your Older Child To Make The Announcement

An older baby can always be the perfect recipe to make special announcements even more precious. Make him/her wear a captioned tee or set up a smaller desk and chair beside hers in the nursery the day you call your family home. If they still wonder what you are up to, you can always get your older kid to say that he/she is going to be a big brother/sister very soon.

Should You Seek Their Help?

You can never have enough helping hands with a newborn to care for. We are not meant to raise children in isolation and it literally requires an entire village to raise a baby. If you have given this a second thought, you can speak to your family members about their availability and plan out on who can share the responsibilities. This can happen after the announcement and it is most likely that family members would love to contribute their bit to the work if they are available.

How To Announce After A Loss?

If there has been a recent death in the family, you would want to wait to make the announcement so that it is taken in the right spirit. However, a baby os the way can always make things right so if people are settling down, you can tell them right away. If there are lukewarm responses to the news, try and give them some time to settle in before they can celebrate the happiness.

Reference:

  1. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Handmade-Greeting-Cards

Natural Birth Vs. C-Sections: Which One Should You Opt For?

There is no doctor in the world who would recommend C-section to a woman who has an uncomplicated pregnancy but having said that, C-sections are essential when there are clear indications that having a vaginal birth could be potentially risky for either mum or baby. A C-section is often advised if the woman is expecting twins, there are risks related to placenta, the mother has had gestational diabetes or high BP during pregnancy, she has had C-section in the past and vaginal birth might lead to complications, etc. With C-sections on the rise, let us look at why more women should opt for a vaginal delivery as long as their health permits.

The Advantages Of A Natural Birth:

  1. Both mother and baby can undergo a natural, intervention free birth that contributes significantly to the general well-being of the mother after delivery, easier recovery and immediate nursing sessions with baby.
  1. There are lesser chances of an infection after vaginal birth as the mother is not exposed to surgical equipments. However, if there is an episiotomy1 involved, she may need to take antibiotics to heal well. Natural tears generally heal by themselves if proper care is taken.
  1. Natural birth feels more real and although labour pains might make you scream and cry out in pain, your recovery will be easier and less painful.
  1. This also means lesser time at the hospital and homecoming will be the one thing to look forward to. The baby will also benefit more since lesser hospital stays mean more skin-to-skin with the mother.
  1. The advantages to the baby cannot be highlighted enough. Babies born vaginally are exposed to a good amount of vaginal bacteria that aids in the development of a supportive immune system. The fluid in their lungs is also squeezed out by the muscles at work that leads to lesser breathing problems after birth.
  1. A vaginal birth also means immediate breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact with the mother that allows the baby to make the most of the golden hour after birth.

When Are C-Sections Essential?

Vaginal births are undoubtedly more beneficial but there are situations in which C-section is inevitable and there are ways to make healing easier.

Listed Below Are Some Of The Common Reasons:

  1. If the baby is in distress, has passed meconium2 or is not getting enough oxygen
  2. Mother has high BP and is not doing too well in labour.
  3. Labour is progressing slowly and both the mother and baby are tired of the birthing process.
  4. Baby’s heartbeat slows down.
  5. Baby’s head is not engaged despite continuous efforts
  6. The mother has a smaller pelvis and the baby is bigger in size.
  7. Other medical conditions of the mother like HIV or herpes.

Natural birth is the ideal way to deliver a baby but if there is a need for a C-section, efforts should be taken to allow the mother to breastfeed immediately after birth and to make her recovery easier and safer. Whichever way of birthing is being taken up, the mother should be able to make an informed choice in any given situation.

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episiotomy
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meconium 

Should You Be Smoking During Pregnancy?

This is probably not the first time you are hearing this, but to reassert the consequences, it is essential to know that smoking is dangerous during pregnancy1. Your body is nourishing and taking care of a baby inside your womb and you would definitely not want to take chances with him or her. When you smoke, the nicotine and carbon monoxide that are released, travel through your bloodstream and reach your baby, only to have adverse consequences. If you thought only regular smoking could be harmful, think again. Even if you are an infrequent smoker, you are putting your baby’s life at risk.

Listed Below Are Some Of The Commonest Reasons To Stop Smoking Today!

  • You and your baby are in need of sufficient oxygen all through pregnancy and beyond. Smoking will lead to reduced oxygen supply to your body and thereafter your baby. Would you still take chances?
  • Smoking might increase your baby’s heart rate while in the womb.
  • There is every possibility that you might deliver a preterm baby with a low birth weight.
  • The chances of having a miscarriage or stillbirth are highly enhanced.
  • Your baby’s lungs take a lot of time to be properly formed and smoking might cause respiratory disorders even before his/her lungs develop completely.
  • The possibilities of being born with birth defects are also heightened.
  • Smoking can lead to SIDS2 (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) even after the baby is delivered.

Whether you are smoking before, during or after pregnancy, you are invariably causing some kind of harm to your baby and there are some ways following which you could quit smoking to keep your baby safe. Here are some of them:

1. Chewing Mint Or Gum:

Research shows that chewing mint or gum whenever you have the urge to smoke, helps curb it and keep you feeling satiated for quite some time.

2. Avoiding Caffeinated Beverages:

Caffeinated beverages have the ill-repute of increasing the urge to smoke. Caffeine is anyway not quite recommended to consume during pregnancy so you would do better to stay away from the colas and repeated mugs of coffee at work.

3. Having Non-Smoking Zones At Home:

You can make your home a non-smoking area and destash all your matches, lighters, cigarettes and ashtrays so that they are never visible to you and you are never tempted to have a quick smoke.

4. Breaking The Addiction:

If trying to keep away from smoking is leading you to have definite signs of depression, you can ask for professional help. Rehabs might not be easy in pregnancy but you can attend counselling sessions to help yourself out of it.

5. Online Support Groups:

There are several support groups online that deal with pregnancy and parenting and the number of problems that occur during this phase. Talk to people who are undergoing similar situations and share your experiences. Communication has proved to be beneficial in curbing addictions.

Whether you are pregnant or not, smoking is never good for you. Even after you deliver your baby, passive smoking could potentially harm his/her development and lead to unnecessary health problems. For yourself and for your baby, quit smoking today!

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_and_pregnancy
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudden_infant_death_syndrome

Should You Have Sex During Pregnancy?

As complicated as it may sound, having sex during pregnancy is quite normal if it does not include a high-risk pregnancy. A lot of couples wonder if sex will harm the baby or cause infections, but with proper care and precautions, you might as well have sex until you are in labour and ready to birth.

Here Are The Common Questions Related To Sex And Simple Solutions To Make Your Sexual Lives Easier In Pregnancy:

Will Having Sex Affect My Baby?

Your baby is protected by the thick mucus plug1 at the mouth of the cervix and also by the amniotic sac that keeps it cushioned. There is no possibility of your baby being hurt or affected in any way. You might feel increased foetal movement when you have orgasms but that is also absolutely normal and there is no need to feel guilty or uncomfortable about it.

Will We Enjoy Sex As Much As We Used To?

Some women have reported that their sexual lives have gone for a toss while others say that sex in pregnancy feels better than ever before. Different women react to pregnancy differently. For example, if you have nausea and morning sickness to begin with, the very thought of sex might turn you off and some women also complain that the smell of their partner makes them more uncomfortable. If you are going through a rough patch, speak to your partner and explain your problems so that he is aware of your discomfort.

There are a lot of partners who enjoy sex immensely in pregnancy. The increased blood flow to your genitals often lead to stronger orgasms and enhanced sexual pleasure.

Some tend to find sex painful and are often left with cramping, unsatisfied orgasms and feel depressed about it all. If you are feeling dissatisfied after having sex, you could always indulge in casual foreplay, oral sex and self pleasure. It is not essential that sex will have to lead to penetration.

What Positions Are Safer In Pregnancy?

There are some positions that feel safe and comfortable in pregnancy, especially when you have a huge baby bump in between you and your partner.

  • Spooning

As you march ahead in pregnancy, deeper penetration might hurt or feel uncomfortable. Try this position that allows shallow thrusts.

  • Lying Side By Side

This position allows you to keep the weight of your husband off your bump and uterus so that penetration is not uncomfortable.

  • On Top

This has been your favorite position all along and it is here to stay! Your husband would not be complaining either.

When To Avoid Sex? 

Your gynaecologist would probably warn you against having sex when you have any one of these following problems:

  1. A low-lying placenta
  2. Vaginal bleeding
  3. Abdominal cramps
  4. Early breaking of waters
  5. Cervical weakness
  6. A history of miscarriage
  7. Genital herpes in husband

Using a condom would be a better idea while having sex in pregnancy because you can avoid any kind of infection by doing this and it will also provide much-needed lubrication to keep discomfort at bay.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervical_mucus_plug

Should You Upsize During Pregnancy?

If you have been wondering whether you really need to buy maternity jeans, nursing bras and camisoles in sizes that you had never imagined you would wear, you have no clue how pregnancy could change your body. In the first trimester, you might feel that upsizing is a wrong idea but very soon, you waistband and your bra straps will scream for help and rushing to a maternity wear store will be your only option. Know why you need to upsize and what to include in your wardrobe:

1. Your Breasts Will Grow

As early as the first trimester, you will feel the soreness in your breasts1 and it is probably the first sign that signals conception. You will not feel like wearing tight, under wired or push-ups in sizes that you were used to. You will very soon look for bigger cup sizes that don not hurt your already sensitive skin. Your breasts will continue to grow throughout pregnancy in order to lay down fatty tissues and to prepare your body for producing milk. It is wiser to upsize as you enter your second trimester and then as and when your body demands. Remember to get a proper fitting done by sizing specialists at lingerie stores so that you don’t end up buying the wrong size.

2. Tighter Waistbands And Buttons Will Be Uncomfortable

Your slim fit denims will start feeling uncomfortable very soon and it’s better to invest in maternity denims with panels in place of buttons or zips, in two sizes bigger than what you wear at present. Panels are stretchable and they will grow with your belly without feeling tight or uncomfortable as the pregnancy progresses.

3. Because Comfort Is Your Primary Need

More than any other reason, you will always want to upsize because comfort is your priority in pregnancy. Whether it is your airy maternity dress or your super stretchable lycra sweatshirt, you will always need clothes in bigger sizes because predicting your size is difficult at the start of a pregnancy.

When To Upsize?

You really don’t want to invest continuously on maternity wear but you will always need to know when and where to spend the money. To start off, buy a few sleep bras in bigger sizes so that the tenderness in your breasts doesn’t keep you up at night. You can wear these all day if you stay at home. For formals, you will need to buy bigger trousers with panels at the start of second trimester so that sitting for prolonged periods doesn’t hurt your belly.

It is advisable to upsize a couple of times in pregnancy because the body grows unpredictably and wearing looser, more comfortable clothing will make you feel relaxed all through. However, there are brands that do stylish maternity wear and even if you choose to upsize in these brands, you will always get well-fitted and yet very comfortable clothes. These brands can be expensive so remember to get the right fit.

Wearing tight and uncomfortable clothing can only enhance the chances of getting rashes and other skin problems while upsizing appropriately will help you feel comfortable. What will you choose?

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maternal_physiological_changes_in_pregnancy

Sun Tanning And Pregnancy: Are They Compatible?

We love flaunting our sun kissed skin in summers and with an abundance of sunlight, who wouldn’t want to show off that amazing sun tan while wearing bikinis and denim shorts in summers? But getting a sun tan in pregnancy might not be as easy as you thought it would and taking precautions for every new thing that you don in pregnancy is a must. Exposing your skin to the harsh rays of the sun always increases of chances of aging prematurely and might as well create a possibility of developing skin cancer. So what are the risks that you might put you and your baby at while getting a sun tan in pregnancy?

  • The UV rays in the sun might lead to a deficiency in folic acid. Folic acid is useful to prevent birth defects like spina bifida.
  • The sensitivity of your skin is heightened in pregnancy and is more prone to getting blotchy or acne breakouts. Hence, before any kind of treatment, please make sure you are keeping your doctor informed about it.

What Are The Ways Of Getting A Sun Tan In Pregnancy?

  • Tanning Bed

Tanning beds are otherwise considered safe for you and your baby since there has been no proven evidence against the usage of these beds in pregnancy. However, all tanning beds tend to have raised temperatures and it is not safe to expose your developing foetus to high temperatures because there are potential side-effects like spinal malformations in the baby.

  • Beach Tanning

Beach tanning may expose your sensitive skin to the sun’s UV rays and increase your chances of getting sun burnt, heat rash and pimple breakouts. Moreover, the amount of exposure that is required to get a tan may not be too comfortable for you in pregnancy because you generally feel hotter while expecting. The high temperature and humidity on the beach may make you feel lightheaded and sick so if you really want a tan badly, it is recommended to keep yourself hydrated while on the beach, use a sunscreen of SPF 30 and more and take along a family member or friend so that if you feel sick, you can be attended to.

  • Tanning Lotions And Creams

Since this method neither involves raised temperatures nor unfavourable weather conditions, it is one of the most preferred ways of getting a tan in pregnancy. There are a number of tanning lotions and creams available but you will always need to do a patch test to rule out allergies.

The only thing that concerns doctors is the presence of DHA1 in these lotions that has the ability to penetrate skin. Dermatologists recommend women to wait till the first trimester to get over to try this method so that there is no risk factor involved.

Taking proper precautions and referring to your doctor before and after any kind of chemical treatment in pregnancy is a must and also helps keep the procedure safe for you and your growing foetus. You need not let go of your love for that perfectly bronzed skin just because you are pregnant!

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydroxyacetone

Taking Care Of Yourself During Pregnancy

How will you ensure your emotional, physical and mental well being in pregnancy? Pregnancy is a phase where a lot of changes happen to your mind and body, owing to the pregnancy hormones and it is very essential to know that you need to take extra care of yourself so that you and your baby feel safe and sound for the entire gestational period1.

1. Eat Well

It is true that eating for two in pregnancy is a myth but it is also undeniable that eating well is really important. While you will only need 300 additional calories to support a pregnancy, you will need to ensure that your nutrition is coming from a variety of sources and you are including all the vitamins, proteins, minerals and calcium that your body needs for the development of a healthy baby. While your regular protein needs are 45 mg, your pregnancy protein needs are almost 70-75 mg per day so always remember to stock up on lean meat, lentils and well-sourced dairy products. Iron stores tend to get depleted in pregnancy so include more iron-rich food like leafy greens, nuts, meat, and fish in your diet. Your calcium levels may fluctuate in pregnancy and this is the time to add cheese, yogurt, milk and spinach to your meals.

2. Rest Well

With pregnancy hormones taking over, you are bound to feel drowsy and lethargic through the day, especially in your first trimester. Do not deny your body this rest that it demands. Taking short breaks in between prolonged hours of work, sleeping well at night and taking power naps in the day will help you to feel relaxed and your body will thank you for it. Moreover, once the baby is here, you will thank yourself for sleeping well and for preparing your body to go through sleepless nights in a row. A well-rested mind and body are much better at enduring sleeplessness.

3. Stay Active

It is a myth that you will need to lie down all day as soon as you get to know that you are pregnant. Staying active from the beginning to the fag end of pregnancy, helps to avoid problems like lower backaches, leg cramps, varicose veins, and Gestational Diabetes. It also helps in preserving general well-being. Walking at a moderate pace everyday will keep those sudden cramps away. You might also have an easier labour and childbirth if your keep your body up and going through this phase. From simple stretching to prenatal yoga, the choice of exercise is your own to make.

4. Doctor Visits

Ensure that you don’t miss any prenatal visit so as to keep your health closely monitored. The doctor will be in a better position to identify if you need any medical assistance beforehand. Do not forget your dentist visits. Pregnancy often leads to swollen gums and other dental problems that can be dealt with more easily if a doctor assists you in looking after your oral hygiene.

Pregnancy is not just about your baby but also about you. If you keep well, you will end up delivering a healthy baby so start with yourself today!

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestation_period

Why You Shouldn’t Be Stressing Yourself In Pregnancy

While it is normal to feel stressed about the changes in future while you are expecting, stressing too much over it, is not in the best interests of you or your baby. You might wonder if the baby kicked 10 times in less than two hours, or if a food product might cause an allergy or if you have been exposed to the Varicella virus from school; the concerns are endless because your baby is precious to you. However, when these concerns overpower you all the time, you might end up with chronic stressfulness that doesn’t let you enjoy the pregnancy.

Listed Below Are Some Reasons Why Stress1 And Pregnancy Don’t Go Hand In Hand:

What Stress Does To Your Body

If you are constantly stressing, your body’s natural stress management system kicks in, reacts to it and triggers and inflammatory response that might lead to a complicated pregnancy, developmental delays in baby, premature birth and lower weight of babies at birth.

Although the study of the effects of stress on pregnancy is still under research, there have been instances in which the maternal stress factors have been transferred to the foetal brain, thus leading to negative impact on the child’s behaviour as he/she grows up.

There have been episodes in which chronic stress in the mother has led to low attention spans in children as they grew up, behavioural issues, and hindered brain development. There have been some issues with immunity as well.

Simple Stress Management Strategies

 Stress management can be approached in a positive way if we know what’s troubling us in the first place. Let us try to decode some of the simpler solutions to have a healthy, stress-free pregnancy:

  1. Stop being a control freak. It is natural to want to feel in charge all the time but after a certain point, it can get exhausting and stressful to do everything by yourself.
  2. The pregnancy might be difficult but please remember that the discomfort will soon pass.
  3. Try sleeping well. Staying active can help in a good night’s sleep.
  4. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. If you are at home and you have a thousand things to do, include your partner, your family members to lend you a hand.
  5. There are some potential benefits from undertaking yoga at this stage. Yoga not only gives your body the perfect form but also cleanses your mind of all impurities.
  6. Childbirth classes can be helpful in managing stress because they teach you to look at pregnancy, labour and childbirth as normal, natural and encourage a woman to believe in the body’s ability to give birth.
  7. Keep your employers informed about your pregnancy so that if the workload is too much, you can always convey your problems to him.
  8. Try and identify the cause of your stress. If the concern is not worth thinking about, please leave behind your worries and move ahead towards a happy, healthy and beautiful life.

At times, standing and staring at things without a cause and without worrying at all gives immense pleasure.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenatal_stress

Your Pregnancy Journal: Preserving Memories And More

Most of your friends and family members would talk about preserving the memories as your baby comes into the world but have you ever imagined how wonderful it would be to journal your pregnancy and read about it twenty years later when you send your child to college miles away from home? It would be like revisiting the best of times and the worst of times that you have witnessed. Maintaining a journal in pregnancy is not only about the memories but also about your present fears and anticipation that you can vent through words in your own private space without needing to be careful about hurting anyone.

Let Us Find Out More Reasons Why You Should Be Journaling Your Pregnancy Today:

  • Admitting Your Fears

There comes a time in life when you might feel so vulnerable that speaking to your nearest ones about yourself will not help. You will need to speak to yourself and what better way to do it than write about it in your journal? Pregnancy is riddled with fears of its own kind; anticipation of what the future holds, how you will cope with a newborn, how your relationships will change, how you will change as an individual. Writing about these fears everyday will help to release the emotional build-up and also relieve you to a great extent. Writing is always a cathartic experience.

  • How Your Baby Bump Grows

With every passing month, you will notice changes in your body and your baby bump will keep growing along with the baby inside. Writing about the changes every month will help to keep a beautiful record of the steps you have gone through in pregnancy. Like fitting into normal clothes at Week 10 to getting maternity denims at Week 20 because you are really starting to show up, will fill you with warm, fuzzy feelings later in life.

  • How Your Body Changes

Whether you love the way your body grows or detest it, writing about it every couple of days helps avoid the emotional upheaval that your spouse might have to face in the middle of the night. You might as well write like, “Are these my breasts? They look like melons about to crack open!” or “These stretch marks1 are anything but a tiger’s stripes. Stop trying to make me feel good about them” or happy feelings like, “He kicked today! The reflux is so worth it”. As soon as you admit the way you feel about a variety of things that happen in pregnancy, it would get easier to survive the not-so-good experiences.

  • Writing To Your Child

You might also want to write letters to your unborn child in your journal. Later, when he/she grows up, you can hand these over to him/her so that your experiences are not limited to you alone. You might want to keep a record of the day you felt the first flutters, the day she kicked you so hard, you felt your rib might break etc. You could also write about how your love grows by leaps and bounds with each passing day for the baby inside you and how you wish he/she comes home soon.

A pregnancy journal is a precious gift to you from you and something that your child will cherish if you plan to hand it down in future. So start writing today!

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stretch_marks