This file has pregnancy page ideas including sonograms, baby showers, pregnancy ABC list, and documenting a pregnancy.
Also see Pregnancy, Childbirth and Miscarriage and Stillbirth.
- About to Pop
- As You Grew So Did I
- Baby on Board
- Coming Soon...
- Getting Ready for Baby
- Great Expectations
- Hip, Hip, Pooh-Ray,
There's a Baby on the Way!
- Lady in Waiting
- Pink or Blue, We Love You
- Pregnant Pause
- Ready for Baby (nursery)
- She's Having a Baby
- Showers of Blessings
- Someone is Waiting
- Splendid Surprise
- There is a Great Joy Coming
- There Will be Showers of Gifts
- Think Pink
- Under Construction
- Waiting for Baby
- We Can Bearly Wait
- Weighting for You
(weight chart and scales)
- We're Pregnant!
- Which Will it Be a He or a She
- Will it Be a Huntin' Buddy
or a Shopping Pal
Take a photo each month, silhouette the pictures and use gardening pots (clay pots) across the bottom of the page. On each pot label the time frame i.e. one month, two months, etc. Then cut out sticks of different lengths so the pictures are staggered across the page and put a picture on each stick.
Songs about Pregnancy
- I'm Having Your Baby - Sunday Sharpe (1974)
- One's on the Way - Loretta Lynn (1971)
- Unborn Child - Seals and Crofts (1974)
- You're Having My Baby - Paul Anka and Odia Coates (1974)
A - addition to the family, adorable, alterations, amniocentesis, announcements, anticipation, APGAR, awaiting the arrival, awesome
B - baby, baby carriage, big changes, birth, birth announcement, blessing, bonding, booties, boy or girl?, breathing
C - calendar, cards, celebrating, changes, charts, christening, coming soon, congratulations, contractions, cousins, cravings, c-section
D - daddy, delivery, diapers, dilation, doctor appointments, dreams, due date
E - eager, eating, elation, emotional, enormous, exercise, exhaustion, expanding, expectations
F - false labor, family, father, fatigue, feelings, first photo (ultrasound), food cravings, footprints
G - gaining weight, gestation, gifts, girl or boy?, grandparents
H - happy, hearing the heartbeat, heartburn, high chair, holidays, hopes, hormones, hospital
I - ideas (for nursery, etc.), important info, incredible, indigestion, infant
J - jitters, joy, junior, just the two of us
K - keepsakes, kicking, kidding around, kin, kissing
L - labor, labor coach, lamaze classes, lotion, love, lullaby
M - maternity clothes, midwife, miracle, mommy, mods, morning sickness
N - names, nausea, natural childbirth, nicknames, nursery
O - obstetrician, offspring, ouch!, our family, outings, overdue, overjoyed
P - pacing, pink or blue?, plans, plump, pregnancy test, proud parents, Push!
Q - queasy, questions, quickening, quiet time, quotes
R - radiant, rattle, recreation, reflections, religious events, rest
S - shopping, showers, sonogram, splish splash, stork, stretch marks, stroller
T - thoughts, toys, trimesters, twins?
U - ultrasound, umbilical cord, unbelievable, unforgettable
V - vacations, vitamins, visitors
W - waiting, walking, we (Mom and Dad then Mom, Dad and baby), weight gain, welcome home
X - eXciting, eXtra special moments, relaXation, XL
Y - yarn (for knitting), yawning, you (thoughts about the baby), yowling
Z - amaZing, zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zwieback, zzzzz
Baby Shower Thank You
I'm really glad that you could come
To help surprise my mother.
Sit down, relax, enjoy yourselves
And chat with one another.
Sorry that I can't be with you
To share in mommy's shower
But you see I'm very busy
Cause I'm growing more each hour.
Though I'm not here to thank you
For the special gift you brought
My family and I are grateful . . .
We appreciate the thought.
I'll be arriving shortly
I'm as happy as can be
So after I've been home a while
Please come and visit me.
Another Thank You
I'm sending this little message
to convey to you this thought
The stork will soon have left me
to use the gifts that you've brought
Thanks for the lovely welcome
you have given me today,
and when you see the stork fly by
you'll know I've come to stay
Be sure to come and see me
As soon as I get here.
Just give my mommy time
To dress me up so dear.
I thank you from my tiny heart
for the lovely gifts for me,
Cause when I've left my Mommy
I'll not be dressed, you see.
Baby Shower Album Idea
(This idea uses older idea books and stickers. It would be easy to alter to fit new products--just keep the pages simple. It could also be an individual project.)
It's a shower for a mother-to-be or mother of a new baby. You need someone to host it just like a class coordinator. Figure the cost of the album with all the stickers, die-cuts, etc. Divide that by the number of participants plus a little extra for a gift certificate for the mother. The host needs to collect the money ahead of time. This is not a home class, you aren't giving any materials away or doing your regular presentation.
Before the shower:
Use a 12"X12" album. Start with the back of the first page and write (in pencil) the letter A. Label the other pages for the rest of the alphabet. Keep the pages in the book so that at the shower you can show how easy it is to take the book apart and put it together. Make the title page ahead of time ( . . . . 's ABC album).
Use Idea Books and Congratulations kits to make the pages (Vol IV, Vol V, and Fast Formula). Below are the layouts for each letter. The a or b after a page number means top (a) or bottom (b).
Letter Idea found in . . .
A is for Announcement - V p.27a B is for Birthday - kit with party hat
C is for Celebrate - kit with balloons D is for Daddy - kit with tools
E is for Egg Hunt - V p.8b F is for Fall - kit with leaves
G is for Grandparents - V p.76b H is for Halloween - V p.17a
I is for Insects - FF p.64b J is for Jingle Bells - FF p.48a
K is for Keepsake - FF p.22-23 L is for Love - kit with bear, hearts
M is for Mommy - FF p.49a N is for New Years - V p.3a
O is for Opening Presents - FF p.33b
P is for Pets - IV p.50b . . . or . . . P is for Picnic - FF p.25b
Q is for Quilts - IV p.70a R is for Rock-a-Bye - FF p.29a
S is for Summer Fun - FF p.65b T is for Toys - IV p.41a
U is for Umbrella - V p.58b V is for Vacation - FF p.12b
W is for Winter - kit with snow X is for eXcellent - V p.12a
Y is for Yawn - V p.26b Z is for Zoo - FF p.29b
Use ziploc bags for the stickers, die-cuts, short cuts, etc. for each letter. Also include an index card with the letter, what it stands for, and where the idea is found.
Don't take materials to sell but take your cropping tools. This is a time to celebrate with the Mother-to-be, not a home class. Do take plenty of business cards. When they see how easy and fun scrapbooking is and they may want to coordinate a Home Class or attend a workshop.
At the Shower:
Give a brief introduction and show participants how to use the cropping tools. Take apart the album and have each person draw for the page they will make. Remember that B and C are grouped together, etc. So, they will make the letter on the front and the back. Give them the corresponding supplies to complete their page including the idea book. While they are working, pass around the cover of the album for each person to write something sentimental and sign. (Kimberly in TX)
Sonogram Page Toppers
- Baby's First Photo
- Peek-a-Boo I See You
- Peek-a-Boo, Pink or Blue
- A Sneak Peek at Baby
- Sneak Preview
- Ultra-Special (ultrasound)
- A Womb with a View
There he is, sleeping,
right there inside you;
he is gently moving,
to him every movement is new.
He feels safe and warm,
he knows he is soft and fragile;
he can't wait to be in your arms,
and see your beautiful smile.
For he knows you are beautiful,
he can feel it through your love;
which happens to be plentiful,
something you'll always have enough of.
Soon he shall be with you,
bringing you tears of joy;
then you will know just what to do,
to take care of this baby boy.
Ultrasound Poem to Give With Photo
(Teri Harrison, this can be adapted for niece, nephew, etc.)
Here's a little peak at me,
it shows I'm on my way,
Little grandchildren like me
don't happen everyday.
Running errands and talking on the phone,
I am pleasantly reminded that I am not alone.
Little tiny hands a precious rounded knee
pushing and twisting that no one can see.
Oh sweet child kicking up your heels,
it is our little secret that only I can feel.
I look forward to your birth,
when I can kiss your skin,
but for now I will just smile,
As I feel you play within.
My precious little baby
I have loved you from the start.
You are a tiny miracle
laying closely to my heart.
Each day I feel your presence,
each day you quickly grow.
Each day your heart beats softly,
as only I could know.
So I'll keep this in a special place,
and remember each year through,
of this very special time of life,
the months I carried you.
Our First Glimpse
Today we saw
Our first glimpse of you
A little piece of heaven
Our dream come true.
The day we will meet
Seems so far away
But until you're ready
In my womb (or tummy) safely stay.
Our gift from God
Sent from above
For us to cherish
And forever to love.
from I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You
There's just no rhyme or reason
Only this sense of completion.
And in your eyes
I see the missing pieces
I'm searching for.
I think I've found my way home.
I know that it might sound more than a little crazy
But I believe
I knew I loved you before I met you,
I think I dreamed you into life.
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life.
A thousand angels dance around you
I am complete now that I've found you.
(Though this song is not about a baby, Leslie in VA used it with her ultrasound pictures. She said "it really touched me because I always wanted to be a mommy and this song really put it into words"!)
- Make labels label saying, one week, one month etc. Include the label in the first photo you take on a particular day. This will help keep your photos organized. This applies to both photos during pregnancy and photos of the new baby.
- Same idea as above but use a calendar page with the date circled.
- Same idea but take a photo of the newspaper from that day showing the headline and current date. That way you can use the photo in the album.
- Use files to store memorabilia and photos. Use a hanging file for each month or week plus files for specific things like showers.
- Get or make a calendar with lots of space for writing. That is a quick and easy way to keep track of things and can be put in the scrapbook.
- Be sure your memorabilia does not touch photos in your scrapbook. Use page protectors and photos sleeves.
- Relax and have fun! This list is just suggestions, you don't need to include everything.
- Monthly shots of expanding belly. In my family we do side shots in front of a white wall with mom wearing a form fitting t-shirt and shorts or jeans.
- Shots of siblings with hand on Mom's belly at different stages of the pregnancy.
- Professional portraits if you can afford it--alone, or with the father, or with older children, with the focus on mom.
- Have Dad stand behind mom with his arms around her and his hands clasped together--leaving as much excess space as he can. Title that photo "Room to Grow". Each month take another photo in the same position. Depending on the length of Dad's arms and how much Mom grows he may or may not be able to reach around her at the end of the pregnancy!
- Same idea as above but have Mom put on a full size maternity dress and stretch it out in front as far as it will go. Have someone write down what Mom says the first month--almost no one believes they will get nearly as big as they actually do!
- Doctors Appointments--keep appointment cards, weight gain, baby's heart rate and special comment.
- Put a chart in your scrapbook showing your monthly weight gain with the title "Weighting for You".
- Doctor and Hospital Bills--even if insurance pays it will be interesting to know the cost.
- When and why you first suspected you were pregnant
- When and how you found out
- Home pregnancy test--photo of the results
- How you felt when you found out you were pregnant
- How you told Dad and how he reacted (have him journal it or write down what he says word for word)
- How you told your parents and their reaction (also ask them to write something)
- Reaction of older siblings--include specific comments
- Did you find out baby's gender before birth--Why or why not?
- Your ob/gyn--names, photos, business card, photo of office
- Favorite nurses--names and photos
- Childbirth classes--teacher, classmates (photos of you at the class)
- Babies name--when and how you selected it, meaning of name
- Sonogram pictures--they usually fade fast so make photo copies
- Receipts or tags from maternity clothes
- Swatches of fabric from maternity clothes
- Pregnancy symptoms
- Weird dreams
- Old wives tales you hear
- Food cravings
- Special diet, vitamins, etc.
- Favorite sleeping position, pillow, etc.
Preparing for Baby
- Before and After photos of room used for nursery
- Paint chips, fabric swatches and wall paper samples
- Mom and Day decorating baby's room
- Mom and Day assembling baby furniture
- Receipts for nursery items
- Stroller, high chair, playpen, swing, etc.
- Finished nursery
- Cards received
- Guest and gift list
- Unopened gifts
- Mom with hostess
- Mom with close relatives
- Each guest individually with Mom
- Mom opening gifts
- Gifts arranged nicely after opening
- Group shots of games or talking
- Photo of refreshment table before and after
- Save wrapping paper and ribbons to decorate the pages you put the cards on.
Leaving for the Hospital
- Packing the suitcase
- Dad loading up car w/mom's suitcase
- Mom entering car (pregnant belly shot)
- Mom inside car
- Photo of Mom and Dad as they leave the house and when they return as a family instead of a couple.
- A photo of the car as it drives away
- Siblings--dropping off at sitter, having grandma come to stay, etc.)
At the Hospital
- Outside view of hospital
- Admitting area
- Clock to show time admitted
- Picture of Mom and Dad taken by clerk
- Labor and Delivery room
- Ways you passed the time
- Dr. in scrubs
- Machines you were hooked up to (save the printouts if possible)
- Focal point for breathing exercises
- Special foods (ice chips, etc.)
- If you tour the hospital before the birth you can take some photos then
- Have someone else take photos so Dad can pay attention to Mom
- Dad pacing, holding Moms hand, etc.
- Mom at various stages of labor
- Mom and Dad together
- Baby coming out (from mom's view is best)
- Clock with exact time of birth
- Dad cutting umbilical cord
- Anything you won't be embarrassed to have passed around!
- Nurse/doctor weighing and examining baby
- Closeup showing weight mark on scales
- Baby getting measured--they usually send the tape home with you
- Baby getting foot-printed
- Pre-arrange to bring acid free paper and have extra footprints made
- Baby getting cleaned up
- Doctor with Baby
- Mom/dad phoning relatives/friends
- Family picture (mom/dad/new baby/siblings)
- Baby in the nursery
- Baby in bassinet
- Baby holding adult's finger
- Baby's hand in or next to Dad's hand
- Visitors with baby--don't focus so much on the baby that you don't show the visitor.
- Be sure to journal how far off the baby was from your due date
Leaving the Hospital
- Getting baby dressed
- Baby in first outfit
- Mom being wheeled out
- Dad carrying out gifts (balloons, flowers, etc.)
- If you decide to leave behind some flowers be sure to keep the cards
- Hospital bracelets, tag off bassinet, etc.
- Dad installing car seat
- Baby in car seat
- Outside view of hospital (if you didn't get it on arrival)
- Greetings upon returning home (stork on lawn, ribbons on mailbox, etc.)
- Reactions of siblings--include specific comments
- Photos of siblings in a group
- Photos of each sibling with baby
- Reaction of pets
- Sleeping on dad's chest
- Visitors holding baby--be sure to get visitors face in photo
- Three (or four) generation photos
- First diaper change
- First bath
- Sleeping in various positions
- Favorite toys
- Favorite blanket
- Sucking Thumb
- Congratulations cards (if you get a lot use parts to make a collage)
- First visit to pediatrician (photo of office and doctor)
- Use a pre-made growth chart or make your own so it will be the perfect size and shape for you scrapbook
- You can record things as they happen on the chart or keep track on paper and transfer the info later
- Some people make a new footprint of the baby every month
- Take a monthly picture of baby in the same chair and with the same stuffed animal