Pregnancy Can Be Tough
Pregnancy is no piece of cake. Before you become pregnant, you may have heard a few stories of how your friends have handled their pregnancies… but it isn’t until you spill the news that you’re expecting, that you hear some stories about pregnancy and labor that make your toes curl.
You can read a hundred blogs (like someone I know ;)), 20 books, and listen to 15 different stories. You can read until you go cross eyed, because there’s so much information out there.
Becoming a Mom
Personally, being a first time mom, I’m eager to get my hands (or computer) on anything I can to learn more about this crazy miraculous time. Even with reading so much, I wasn’t prepared for how my own pregnancy would go.
All this to say, take things with a grain of salt. The dark line on your stomach, known as linea negra? Not everyone gets it, I didn’t. Morning sickness assails about 75% of women, yet I had the blessing of escaping that malady. Then there’s the unavoidable round ligament stretching.
I had severe pain in my abdomen around week 5, and with having had a miscarriage in the family, I was very concerned. I got into the doctor ASAP, and they were able to reassure me a little because they could already see my tiny baby on the ultrasound, in the right place.
The intense pain was caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which I had never suffered from before. It was so crippling I could barely work. This went on for a few weeks, and came to an end, which I was so so grateful for.
Interesting how almost every ache, pain, sickness, and feeling is considered “normal” during pregnancy. Am I the only one that doesn’t find that even slightly helpful?
In all the books you read, people call the second trimester the best one. You can still sleep through the night, aren’t as exhausted as the first trimester, morning sickness should have passed, and you finally get to feel your little one move!
I hope your second trimester is restful and lovely like everyone wants it to be. Deep down I knew going into pregnancy that I would struggle with knee and hip pain, because I’ve had pain in these areas the past 6 years. Gaining weight has always affected this, si I did my best to stay fit and keep off the extra pounds… but with pregnancy gaining weight is unavoidable.
Little did I know that I would get sacroiliac disorder, lots of round ligament stretching (painful as you moms and moms-to-be know), and knee pain before I gained more than 5 lbs.
Keep Your Head Up
Don’t be discouraged when the pain seems to be too much. I know recently I responded negatively to someone who mentioned to me, “Isn’t pregnancy wonderful?”. The pain can be overwhelming, but that doesn’t lessen the miracle that God is growing a baby inside of you! All this pain, every rude comment you endure, and every pound you gain will be worth it. You have the amazing privilege of getting to be a little child’s MOM.
I have wanted to be a mom since I was a little girl. As a teenager, I was much more excited about being a mom someday rather than getting some affluent career. People matter so much to me, and I have a lot of love to give. I am grateful that God is taking me and my husband on this journey to parenthood! I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God is our comfort, our strength, and our joy. Start praying for your baby now, that he or she would be a Christ follower, healthy, and happy. God has given you the job of being the mother of one of his precious children. So cling to the Lord during the painful, emotional times. Be filled with joy and awe as this miracle takes place inside you. And we’ll rejoice together when we finally bring these little ones into the world!
Ariel and baby-to-be