Journaling during pregnancy records your experience. It also helps you sort through your feelings. During pregnancy a lot can come up. It is best not to push away your thoughts or emotions. They are surfacing so that you can process them and either learn from them or release them.
Starting with the premise that all emotions are welcome journal your feelings. This may be hard. I was told growing up that my feelings didn’t matter; I was too emotional; you can’t wear your feelings on your shirt sleeve. I learned to repress my emotions. I am here to tell you every single one of your emotions matters and needs to be paid attention to.
In journaling your feelings, notice what they may be telling you. Perhaps there are experiences from your past that need to be processed. There may be life scripts that you have that need to be rewritten. For example, if your script says you cannot take care of anything, it is time to rewrite how you do take care of things and people. You may feel ambivalent about the baby, that’s okay - there are ways to connect throughout your pregnancy.
Past sexual experience may surface now. Know that you are safe in this moment and that this is an opportunity to work through past trauma.
Journaling is important too because it is one of the safety valves that releases stress from the body. Feelings have to be expressed - they need to move out of the body by journaling, talking them out with a friend, or movement (dance is a great way to move emotions.)
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.