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Pregnancy Project: Make a Keepsake Maternity Book

Here’s an interesting idea to help you remember your pregnant days, and maybe share them with the person you’re pregnant with: a maternity book. Like a baby book but focusing on the parents thoughts rather than the baby’s actions (duh, since the baby hasn’t been born yet), a maternity book can be a sweet way to archive the experience of your pregnancy.

The simplest way to go about this might be a scribbled diary, or a pregnancy blog. If you’re a purely verbal rather than visual person, this might be the way to go. But the book could also be a great design opportunity if that’s something you’re into.

For some inspiration, check out the gorgeous version from Austin Texas photographer Johanna McShan. The spread above is from the Ohdeedoh feature on her book-in-progress.She’s a professional photographer who works with both pregnant women and babies.
Her version of the book uses big, bold images and fairly minimal text.  She did her entries weekly, but I think it could work monthly as well, especially if homemade. I could imagine a lot of different versions, from crafty scrapbooky to modern minimalist. Even random thoughts and/or snapshots assembled together could be a nice thing to look at after the fact.The point of the project is personal expression, not perfection.

There’s such an expectation for moms to create baby books recording their offspring’s every move. A pregnancy book doesn’t have the same pressure, and that’s one of the things that’s nice about it. Pregnancy is such a unique, weird time in life, a time when your thoughts and hopes for the future are allowed to swell up and fill as much space as you allow. Being able to go back and revisit those feelings once you’re in growing kid mode could be a real pleasure.

More of Johanna’s Maternity Book here.

photo: Johanna McShan

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