There are so many awesome ways to document your pregnancy like taking monthly bump dates to watch that belly grow! A lot of people also stage some really crafty pregnancy announcements and get professional maternity photos.
But there is nothing like a candid photo. Here are all the moments where you should grab that camera and click away.
A picture of you, not your positive pregnancy stick
After taking like 5 pregnancy tests just to be sure that it was indeed positive, we took a picture of us. It isn’t a fancy picture by any means but it is one of my favorites. I am in everyday clothing and my hair is in a messy bun, but when I see that picture I see that moment that I found out. I can remember and see all of the nervousness and excitement mixed in together.
Sharing the news with family
When you tell family, be ready to capture that raw excitement on camera. Some really creative people are able to even video the moment. Kudos to them.
When we told my parents we grabbed a picture of the me with them and vice versa for when we told my husband’s family.
With your first ultrasound
I will never forget the first ultrasound. Nothing made pregnancy feel more real than hearing my baby’s heartbeat for the first time and seeing that tiny little sweet pea. I was so happy that I got to keep those ultrasound pictures as a keepsake, but what I wished was that I grabbed a photo of me holding one.
So grab a photo of you with a picture of your ultrasound right outside the hospital or in the hospital hallway, you won’t regret it.
When you “think” you have a bump
I think I googled when will my bump start showing a thousand times because I couldn’t wait to have a bump. At about 14 weeks was first time I looked into the mirror and looked pregnant. I wish I had grabbed a photo of that. It would be funny to see now knowing just how big you get. But on that day, I felt like my bump was very much showing.
Finding out if it is a boy or a girl
We had the ultrasound tech tell us the gender. If I had to do it over again, then I would have opted to have them write it on a piece of paper. I would have been able to enjoy finding out the gender more with just my significant other. It was a little hard to be excited while on a table with goop all over my tummy and a stranger in the room.
I love the idea of asking a baker to make the middle of a cupcake that color or asking a store to wrap the correct outfit and giving them the paper that says the gender. That way we could have had our own special moment and I would have loved to capture it.
Either way, definitely grab a photo when you find out, no matter how or where you are. You will still look back at that photo and be thankful for it.
When you paint and put together the nursery
Some of my favorite photos from pregnancy are of my husband putting together the crib and me folding baby clothing. Those pictures are so real and show our excitement as we prepared for our bundle of joy.
A group picture at your shower
I asked a friend to be in charge of taking photos of the shower and I am really glad I did. I was so busy talking to everyone and then opening presents that I didn’t take a single picture. My favorite picture from the shower is a group shot of everyone who attended.
On your due date
The best advice I got about due dates was to go on a due date date. Baby might not arrive and waiting around all day for baby can be disappointing. Instead go on a date to celebrate making it to your due date and that you will so very soon be able to meet your baby.
We spent the day at a park and then went out for lunch. It was really awesome to just be together having fun and being super excited for baby. I have a picture of us at lunch and we are just so excited. I’m glad I have that picture to add to our child’s baby book.
Leaving for the hospital
Take a photo of your current family in your house before you leave for the hospital because it will be the last time. Next time, you will be bringing home that baby and your family will have changed forever.
Oh yeah, and grab that photo on the front door of your new family on your way in the house too!
When you hold your baby for the first time
My absolute favorite photo at the hospital was right after they placed my baby on my belly, my husband grabbed a photo of us. It’s not a picture I would ever frame and hang on a wall but seeing it makes me feel all of those feelings I had when I saw her for the first time. And I look so disheveled in it but it pulls at my heartstrings in ways that those beautiful swaddled photos don’t.
Pursue Capturing your Pregnancy Today
No matter where you are in your pregnancy or how beautiful you feel (trust me I definitely had those days where I felt gross), be sure to take pictures. You can always delete photos but you can’t go back and capture those moments again.
Professional photos are beautiful and staged photos are fun, but nothing beats a candid photo.