I always encourage my clients to spend time doing what they love. If you are a keepsake person, The Belly Book is a nice simple journal that provides you with an organized space for weekly belly pictures, prenatal appointment plans and reflections, and a few writing prompts that will organize a collection of tidbits from your pregnancy. It may become a book that is fun to look back on or share with your little one when they grow up.
The Belly Book is split up into three trimester sections and provides a few lines to write accounts of things relevant to each trimester, such as foods you like and don’t, your energy, complexion, how clothes are fitting, and baby name lists. There are longer sections available for reflections at that end of each trimester as well as special days such as spreading the word you are pregnant and hearing your baby’s heart beat. I thought The Belly Book did a nice job with the questions they included in the section designed for your birth story. There are also a few questions in the book that may elicit realizations that help you in your pregnancy by clarifying feelings, questions or priorities, but those are few and far between.
If you are not a keepsake person, there will be no need for The Belly Book. You can write a letter or two to your baby for them to have later and save yourself pasting in 40 weekly self portraits. If journaling is a regular daily or weekly practice in your life, this won’t serve your needs either due to space limitations. And if you are creative, and want to make an artsy scrap book of your pregnancy, this book will be too limiting.
The Belly Book’s Author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a best-selling author of both adult and children’s books. She is also a filmmaker, radio show host, blogger, and TED conference contributor. She lives in Chicago with her family, which includes three children.