Pregnancy; is a time of happiness, glee, baby kicks, and all the cute baby items. But any pregnant mom soon realizes this is not the case.
Reality? Pregnancy is hard, like the hardest thing I have probably ever done. And I did it three times in 3 years, and I’m not done yet!
During my pregnancies, I was shocked by how many misconceptions there are about being pregnant. I thought it would be this happy, glowing, and joyful time. But it ended up being this more worrisome, exhausting, and mentally draining time of my life. Until I turned to the Lord.
But through all of this, I learned a lot about myself and God. And I want to share this with you today. So here are the things that God taught me during pregnancy.
What God Taught Me During Pregnancy
He Created My Body For Exactly This Purpose
From the moment of conception until after the baby is born, your body knows what to do. It takes this tiny egg and sperm, and nourishes, grows, and develops it into this beautiful baby. Now, isn’t this the biggest job and miracle in the world?
Not a single person on earth can grow a baby exactly as you do. Not a single person can create another human being with that kind of DNA in the ENTIRE world. Let’s just let that sink in a little bit.
God created the womanly body so that she may conceive and grow a child. He gave you a uterus that expands over 500 times its pre-pregnancy state. He gave you the ability for your heart to pump 1.5 times the amount of blood during pregnancy.
During labor, your body knows what to do. It sends out signals when the baby is ready to your brain, and then to your uterus so that it contracts and pulls together. The uterus is the ONLY muscle in the entire body that can stay contracted for a very long time (sometimes days). What divine creation!
When it comes time to push, your body will overwhelm your brain with signals that cancel everything out except the urge to push.
You will gather an INSANE amount of strength to push this baby out.
As a doula, I have seen tiny women knock over their body-training husbands with the sheer amount of strength they have during labor. The strength that the Lord gives every laboring woman in her time of need.
Going through pregnancy and birth, every single step of the way I was amazed at how my body knew exactly what to do. I didn’t have to teach it anything, it already knew.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. -John 16:21
This is the verse I thought of during labor.
God created my body for this purpose, and he created me to have the strength to give birth to this baby. And once the baby is born, I knew my body would flood with oxytocin and adrenalin, which act like a natural pain reliever, and I would forget everything about the birth and the pain.
And that is the only reason women keep having babies.
God created our bodies for this, and this is the one of the greatest lessons of what God taught me during pregnancy.
Pray with me: Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me perfect the way I am. Thank you for giving my body the ability to conceive and carry this child. And when it is my time to give birth, I fully trust that you equipped my body with the strength and knowledge to contract, push, and birth a beautiful baby. In your loving and protecting hands I give myself and my body that you prepared for this very purpose in life. Amen.
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He is with Me Every Step of the Way
During pregnancy, I was miserable. I was sick all the time, couldn’t stomach any dairy or gluten and had intense IBS problems.
This drained me mentally and physically and having a toddler to take care of didn’t help.
Truth be told, I was miserable most of the time, and I didn’t have a single week without a major breakdown.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
So, I turned to the Lord for help and was met with open arms. He taught me to love this stage in life, to be thankful for the good things, and not only focus on the bad things.
I realized I sought comfort and joy in other things, and not in the Lord.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
God does not throw us into things he knows we cannot overcome. He would not put you through pregnancy without knowing it was the perfect plan for you, and that you will be able to get through this. Just like it says in Philippians 4:13, we can endure all things through Christ’s strength he gives us.
God never leaves our side, and that’s another lesson I learned during pregnancy.
Pray with me: Lord, I come to you today brokenhearted. You know my situation and how I feel. I am going through a really hard time physically and emotionally. In your word, it says you will give us strength, and we should find joy in you, even in hard times. Forgive me for losing sight of this and help me to become more joyful even in tribulations. You will never leave me, no matter how broken I feel, praise and glory be to you. Forever and ever. Amen.
Being Thankful During the Hard Times
Every year we celebrate thanksgiving, where we take the time to thank the Lord for all the blessings in our life. But what if the greatest blessings in life weren’t the most comfortable, loving, happy moments?
We show faithfulness to the Lord not in the good times, but in the bad. Thanking the Lord for everything even in the hardest moments in life is what truly matters. That’s where real faithfulness shows.
Here is a song that ties this thought together. A song that has been my favorite for a very long time:
I Would go Crazy Without Faith
When things got tough, like when my daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, or I went through marginal cord insertion, or even my most traumatic third birth, I always had someone to lean on.
Sure, I have an amazing husband who stayed by my side. But even just knowing that the creator of the universe is holding my hand made a HUGE difference.
My husband was there during the hard times, and he was my rock in some sense. But he couldn’t heal and give me strength the way the Lord can, not by far. How comforting it is to know that the creator of the vast universe loves me and is always there for me!
And don’t think I didn’t have moments where I felt like God left me alone with my suffering, I sure did! But those were few and far between.
As a doula, I see how many women struggle through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum. As going through what I went through, without faith? I would for sure be crazy by now as I did not have it “easy”.
But as my 98-year-old friend once said, “God loves even the crazy people”.
Pray with me: Father, how fortunate I am to have found you. To be saved, and to know you are always there holding my hand. Without my faith, I would surely be crazy by now, if not even worse. Thank you for guiding my life in the way that I have found your gospel message and accepted you into my life. Amen.
Here’s the End to What God Taught me During Pregnancy
If you are feeling alone, depressed, anxious, and afraid, and are there where I was before I learned what God taught me during pregnancy, feel free to reach out!
After going through this, I became a mental health practitioner, and am on a journey to help other Christian moms out there not have to go through this alone.
I now offer one on one sessions for a big discount, so you can get the help and mentoring you deserve. Without waiting months or years to talk to a therapist or counselor.
My email is always open as well. Being free and taking only a few minutes, what do you have to lose reaching out? Take care of yourself, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
That summarizes what God taught me during pregnancy, what are some things you have learned during pregnancy? How has pregnancy changed your view of the Lord and your own body? Share these things with us in the comments below, so other moms can learn and rejoice alongside you.
Until next time,