I was thrilled to be asked to try out a new website – The Pregnancy Notepad. It acts as an online journal – a place to document your pregnancy by creating your own scrapbook of photographs and notes. This was a perfect opportunity for me as it would really give me a chance to focus on my bump and take time to reflect on how I was feeling during this pregnancy.
My first impressions of the website were great – I loved the look and feel of it and it was really simple to create my personal user profile. I then checked out the calendar function – a place to jot down your antenatal appointments. If you have added your mobile number to your profile, you will receive a text 1 week and then 24 hours before your appointment as a reminder. This is such a great feature, especially when you are trying to deal with baby brain! I would love to see the addition of a due date count down or some kind of pregnancy ticker, but this is a new website that is constantly in development, so hopefully this can be added to the site.
There are also three sections called “Pregnancy”, “Labour & Birth” and “Baby”. In each of them you will find really useful and informative articles covering each of these topics. I really liked having a browse through these and even as a second-time mum I found these really helpful. I have not been reading any pregnancy books this time round so it was nice to have this function available to me.
As a member of The Pregnancy Notepad, you also have your own space to start a blog. I think this is such a great idea and another lovely way to document your pregnancy. You can also read other people’s blogs and connect with mums-to-be who are going through the same experiences as you. It is a great way to make new friends and share experiences, as well as record your pregnancy journey.
There is also a “Community” section which is a forum to chat to other pregnant ladies. I really like that this is available because although there are other online forums, they are often over-subscribed, which means the boards move really fast, comments get missed and there is no sense of community. I think the fact that The Pregnancy Notepad is a subscription based website means you get this level of exclusivity. This website is new as I have already mentioned, so new members are joining all the time and a community is starting to be formed. I would love to see the function of receiving a notification in the community section if someone replies to your comment/thread, but it is really easy to keep up with posts you are involved in and to locate your comments. I love that this website has been created by a real mum who wanted to provide a great service to other mums-to-be. I can’t wait to see this website grow and look forward to documenting the rest of my pregnancy on The Pregnancy Notepad.
*DISCLAIMER* I was given a free one year subscription to The Pregnancy Notepad for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are my own.