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Pregnant? Grab A Camera And Start Documenting

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Pregnancy is arguably the most common and natural occurrence on the planet, as it's something that literally every species can relate to.

However, we sometimes take this powerful natural phenomenon and limit it, rather than lean into its inherent strengths.

If you're pregnant, one of the absolute best things you can do is pick up a camera, hit social media and begin documenting. There are several reasons why this can be valuable, and a number of things you should know before you get started.

To find out why starting a social media presence to document your pregnancy is a winning move, and how you can capitalize on it, read on.

Why should I start documenting my pregnancy?

This is a special time in your life that you'll want to look back on for your own memories. With the newfound power of internet and social media in this Web 2.0 world, you can engage the public and share your story, impacting the lives of countless families who are also starting a family -- just by being yourself.

Grabbing a camera and starting a vlog is a great move in this day and age, since people's appetite for video today is insatiable. Studies show that a whopping 300 hours of content gets uploaded to YouTube every minute.

From a personal perspective, this allows you to form bonds and create value for people who want to learn from your pregnancy story. Everyone's perspective is unique, so don't feel like you have to be a trained TV personality to reach people. All people want is authenticity from you.

Sharing your story can be a cathartic and healthy way for you to process your own pregnancy journey.

From a business perspective, you could bring new opportunity and income into your household by building your social media brand and presence. By building an audience with free video content, you can eventually monetize your audience by selling products like eBooks and premium podcast content, or taking out ad space.

Since 43% of women feel compelled to leave their jobs after having a baby, you need to be prepared for anything. By spending your next 9 months building a brand, you could very well begin earning some income to keep your household afloat during and after your maternity leave. This way, you have options when it comes to your professional life and newfound motherhood.

Plenty of female entrepreneurs have been born due to the new challenge of raising a child and wanting to spend more time with them, while still bringing in plenty of income.

If you're seriously thinking of starting a YouTube channel, do your best to get quality camera equipment or video crew to help you out. There's a lot of strategy that goes into building your vlog, but start first and foremost by making great content.

Think about who you are what what perspective you're coming from as you create your videos. This is what will set you apart and will help you find your following.

By turning your pregnancy into a new journey that could potentially be lucrative, you're empowered as you go into this unknown new part of your life. Your public will be able to see you go through it raw and unfiltered, which provides true value and engagement that can't be faked.

So if you recently got some good family news, consider sharing it with the world by starting your own little social media empire in the process.

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