Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Pregnancy Notepad review

If you're anything like me as soon as you found/find out your pregnant you dash off to buy pregnancy journals and scrapbooks and lots of pretty things to decorate them with. You will have all intentions of putting your scan photos in there and writing in them daily. Fast forward the clock to 32 weeks and my pregnancy journal has 1 page written in it, my scan photos are all together in an envelope and my pretty things are still in the bag they were in when I purchased them. It's not because I don't want to do it (I really do) but between working, running a house, looking after a toddler and battling with pregnancy symptoms, I just struggle to find the time.





I was approached my The Pregnancy notepad and asked if I would like to try it out. The Pregnancy Notepad is basically your own online journal. You are able to create a scrapbook for photos and memories, share your experiences through your own personal blog and add your appointments to a calendar. This can then all be shared with your family and friends if you wish. There is also discussion areas where you can talk about things to other pregnant women and articles on pregnancy for you to read and use at your disposal.

There are 3 types of subscription available. A trial month is £4.99, 3 months is £9.99 and a year is £24.99. 

Setting everything up is pretty quick and the website is easy to follow. I added my own profile picture. It seemed to take a while to do this on my computer (probably because I had lots of other things going on at the same time). When I did it from my phone it was uploaded instantly. 

The next thing I did was to use the calendar function to add all of my appointments. You can also set up alerts to come to your mobile phone and once you have added this you then receive a text 1 week and 24 hours before that appointment. I actually found this feature extremely useful.  Even though I have written appointments on my calendar on my wall at home, the fact that you can get the reminder is fab. I actually did forget I had one appointment but my text jogged my terrible baby brain. 

Even though I already write a blog, I found the blog section great. It's a way of being able to reflect on my feelings and is a place to put those feelings into words. I loved being able to write about positive or negative experiences and also write about things that may seem insignificant to others but to me and probably to other pregnant women reading it, were lovely little moments. I think because it's online I didn't feel pressured in to writing too much. When I wrote a pregnancy journal on my first pregnancy, I more often than not didn't write in it as I felt I had to write enough to fill the whole space that was provided. Seems silly I know but I think on an actual notebook, I didn't want to see gaps and spaces! Yes I know, I am bizarre. 

The best feature for me and the one that I have enjoyed using the most is the scrapbook section. Here, you are able to add photos, give them a title and add them into the current week of your pregnancy. It's a lovely area to document and visually see your bump growing and changing. Even though I tend to take lots of pictures, more often that not I don't print them out and I certainly forget to print them to be able to stick into the pregnancy journal I bought. Using this scrapbook, enables me to put them all in once place, very quickly. 

One thing I haven't used enough of is the community section. I simply have been to busy with work, looking after a toddler, writing my actual blog and updating other bits on my Pregnancy Notepad. I think once I am on maternity leave (t minus 3 weeks) then I will use that feature more. 

Overall, I am really pleased with The Pregnancy Notepad. I would recommend it to anyone who is pregnant that prefers technology to actually writing. It's quick and easy to use and is a lovely way to document cherished moments and memories. I am looking forward to using it in my final weeks.

Have you written a journal? Do you think you would use something like this?

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8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good idea, but I'm not sure it's something I'd pay for x

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  2. This sounds like a great idea, it would have been really helpful when I was pregnant.

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  3. That sounds like much less pressure than an actual notebook. I always find physical diaries and journals too difficult to keep up because I want the writing to be neat and the layout to be perfect ... Ridiculous really!
    Alana x

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  4. Love this idea. I've only done baby books because I am not organised enough to do journals but I wish I had. They're so lovely to look back on. Would be good to see some screen shots of the online journal. (Is that a bit of a bossy thing to say?!) But then that might invade your privacy...shall I just shut up?! :)

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  5. This sounds really interesting and I think if I didn't blog or had more time I would of done something like this when I was pregnant as it's great to look back on in a few years time

    Laura x

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  6. It's a lovely idea! Especially the reminders for appointments, I always write them down but I don't always remember to check them! Xx

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  7. I think it's a good idea for the modern world but I think I would prefer something in paper that I could physically have and pass on if you know what I mean. I'd be rubbish at filling it in too though!!

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  8. Brilliant idea but as I had such horrendous pregnancy sickness even getting out of bed for the first 6 months was a struggle so I couldnt have done anything like this.

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