Pregnancy; 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 every done. And I did it twice in 1.5 years, and I’m not done yet!
During my pregnancies, I was shocked by how many misconceptions there are around being pregnant. I thought it would be this happy, glowing, and joyful time. But it ended up being more this worrisome, exhausted, and mentally draining time of my life.
But through all of this, I learned a lot about myself and about God. And I want to share this with you today. So here are the top 10 things what God taught me during pregnancy, and what he wants to teach you during pregnancy!
What God Wants To Teach You During Pregnancy
1. He Created Your 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 like 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. Did you know the uterus is the ONLY muscle in the entire body that can stay contracted for a very long time (sometimes days).
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. And this isn’t the strength they have every single day.
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. Here are 43 more amazing facts about pregnancy!
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 mostly 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 greatest lesson of what God wants to teach you during Pregnancy and the number 1 thing what God taught me during pregnancy.
2. To Avoid Careless Talk
Let me quiz you. Below are a few sayings that people say often during pregnancy. Add a point to every one you have said or have heard others say.
- I wasn’t ready for this
- This pregnancy was a mistake (or unplanned)
- There’s probably something wrong with the baby
- I think I might have a miscarriage
- I’m scared of giving birth, it will be a nightmare!
And? What’s your score? Probably more than you want to admit.
The world tells us that pregnancy is hard and not an enjoyable thing, and while it may not always be all rainbows and sunshine, why dwell on the bad things that can happen?
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. -Ephesians 4:29
Why do we manifest on the worst that can happen and talk badly about ourselves and our pregnancies? Why not use this opportunity to build up yourself and say only what is good and helpful.
Let us all focus on saying things such as “I am thankful for this pregnancy, I enjoy being pregnant, God made this baby healthy and perfect, My body is perfect just the way it is, I will deliver a healthy baby and have a beautiful delivery”
3. He Is With You 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. Sound familiar by any chance?
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.
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.
God never leaves our side, and that’s another lesson he wants you to learn during pregnancy.
4. God Wants You To Live A Healthy Lifestyle
During pregnancy, it is so important to live a healthy lifestyle for your well-being and the well-being of your baby. Making sure to get enough exercise to improve blood flow to baby, eating these superfoods to help nourish your baby’s development and growth, and most importantly getting enough rest!
Stress can negatively impact your baby’s development, and leading a stress-free lifestyle with regular periods of relaxation is just what your pregnant body needs. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of earning money, household, kids, and so on, that we forget to relax and take care of ourselves. That’s another thing what God taught me during pregnancy, and I know he also wants to teach you!
Do you think the Lord meant pregnancy to be a time of feeling sick, eating nothing but chips and gaining everything but happiness? No. He meant it to be a time for you to see the miracle he is performing inside you and through you. So let’s treat our worn out bodies like the temples of God it should be!
5. 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 really ties this thought together. A song that has been my favorite for a very long time:
6. God Wants You To Have Positive Thoughts
The things we think and dwell upon have a HUGE impact on the things we say and do. If you keep telling yourself that your baby ruined your body during pregnancy, do you think you will have the same amount of love towards the baby and yourself?
Fact, you will start to resent both.
Satan’s target is your mind. And his weapons are lies. So fill your mind with God’s word and all the positive things! I had to learn this the hard way, but in the end this is what God taught me during pregnancy.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. -Philippians 4:8
A woman once told me that with her first child she consciously put in the effort to always be happy and think happy thoughts. This child out of her many is the happiest child she has ever seen. Whereas my mom finished her University while being super pregnant with me and was always stressed. I have the worst stress management skills on the planet.
Those thoughts go into hormones. Those hormones impact our body and get carried over to the baby. The baby then stores and grows up with these hormones and carries them with them for life. Let’s all make a conscious effort to be more happy and think more positive thoughts!
7. 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 two births, 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.
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. What God taught me during pregnancy was how valuable my relationship with him is, and how it made the biggest difference in my mental and physical health!
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.
But as my 98-year-old friend once said, “God loves even the crazy people”.
8. To Pray More
We do not have to wait until the time is come and then start praying. We can already start praying now. Pray over your baby, over this pregnancy. That you and baby are healthy and have no complications.
Pray to give birth like the Hebrew women and recover quickly. Pray for a healthy, beautiful, strong, smart, intelligent, and god-fearing son or daughter. You can even pray for their life down the road! That they love the Lord, find amazing spouses, find success in life and so much more!
Prayer is oh so powerful! So let’s not take it for granted!
Not sure what to pray about or where to get started? Here are some pregnancy prayers for mom and baby that will help you get started!
9. God Wants Us To Enjoy Pregnancy!
God did not intend for us to have painful pregnancies and labour. He intended it to be a beautiful and pain-free event. However, due to Eve’s sin we have now received as many call it “Eve’s Curse”.
But that was not God’s plan. God wants us to enjoy pregnancy, enjoy the process and the whole feeling of it. He lovingly gave us these babies to carry, so shouldn’t we lovingly accept them as well?
10. Ask Questions!
Pregnancy may be a time of uncertainty, fear, and confusion, but it shouldn’t be. The Lord gave us the mental capacity to ask questions, be curious, and find answers. So we should satisfy that craving for knowledge and ask away!
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 moms out there not have to go through this alone. I also am a certified labor and postpartum doula and would love to answer any questions you have! No question is to complicated, I’m up for the challenge!
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 counsellor.
That summarizes what God taught me during pregnancy and what he wants to teach you as well! What are some things you have learned during pregnancy? How has pregnancy changed your view of the Lord and of your own body? Share these things with us in the comments below, so other moms can learn and rejoice alongside you.
Until next time,