Thankful For the Aches of Pregnancy

Nausea, vomiting, food aversions, fatigue, constipation, frequent urination, heartburn, bloating, back ache, swollen feet, weight gain… these are just a FEW symptoms that most women deal with during their pregnancies, so it’s no wonder pregnant women complain once in a while.

But when we think about the 1 out of 6 couples in the US struggling with some sort of infertility, doesn’t it seem a bit silly to complain about something that is actually and truly a blessing??

That’s millions of people longing for what we(pregnant women) are NOW experiencing. Some eventually get pregnant after seeking help from a fertility specialist after a painful journey, while others are never able to conceive.

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Before my pregnancy with Harper, while experiencing the sting of a miscarriage, it was painful being around pregnant women. It was ESPECIALLY painful being around pregnant women who complained about all the aches and pains they were experiencing. I would have given ANYTHING to feel those aches and pains myself, if that meant being pregnant. I remember thinking how lucky they were to have back pain, sleepless nights and a crazy number of trips to the bathroom.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 127:3

Later, while pregnant with Harper I was so thrilled and excited about this blessing that the aches and pains didn’t phase me, in fact I welcomed them. They were just more evidence of the creation being formed within me. I didn’t have much to complain about because I felt so lucky to be pregnant.

This time around, I’m in my 26th week of pregnancy and my body is just tired and overworked. The symptoms, aches and pains came much earlier and have lasted much longer.

My body has been working overtime for 23 months now!

From pregnancy to breastfeeding

Then pregnancy while breastfeeding

And now just pregnancy

Phew, I feel exhausted just typing it.

As I get through each day with the discomforts of pregnancy, I try sooo hard to remind myself what a blessing they truly are. Then I think, there is a human being actually growing within my body, RIGHT NOW! It’s grown from a tiny speck into a person with eyes, ears, arms, legs… A person, a human, a soul is being formed in MY WOMB. God chose ME, Molly Young to carry, birth and call this child my own. A miracle is literally happening inside of me. My ONLY job is to eat healthy, take care of myself and let God do the rest. He’s the one really doing the heavy lifting.

Is it God-honoring that while so many women, even friends of mine, are out there praying for two pink lines, I am selfishly complaining about how uncomfortable I am? It doesn’t not seem pure, or true, or holy, or right. {Philippians 4:8}

 My whole life I’ve looked forward to this time and prayed for children of my own. I’ve always wanted this. I’ve always looked forward to this time, why spending complaining while God is a work?

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There are women who experience much pain as well as health issues while pregnant. I am not trying to overlook them or tell them to suck it up. Just trying to bring the truth of pregnancy into perspective.

Carrying and growing a human within you is a BLESSING, a GIFT, and a MIRACLE (PERIOD). It should not be looked at as a burden or a hindrance. Children are a reward from the Lord. I will take the throbbing feet, sleepless nights and anything else because it’s truly worth the greatest gift that comes with it!

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Do all things without grumbling or disputing;so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world {Philippians 2:14-15}

12 thoughts on “Thankful For the Aches of Pregnancy

  1. What a fun blog, and great post! I am 29 weeks with baby #2 and definitely have a more difficult time not complaining this time around! I am so happy to be pregnant with a healthy baby boy, and God is doing amazing things in my body! I need to focus on that in the midst of the discomfort. Thanks for a great reminder!

    • Hey Summer! I’m 28 weeks, so we must be due around the same time. I completely understand how hard it is not to complain, especially when chasing around a little one! Do you know what you’re having

  2. Hi Molly! This is a beautiful post and a great reminder. I’m not currently pregnant, but I have three young children and it’s a great reminder to me that the pooch I can’t get rid of and the constant mess I’m cleaning up and lack of sleep from children waking in the middle of the night are all evidences of the great blessing of my 3 beautiful gifts from God. It can be easy to get mired down as moms, so it’s a huge grace when women take the time to encourage one another and point others to Jesus. Thanks for doing that!

    Found you via several awesome link ups. =)

    Heidi

    • Heidi, Thank you so much for stopping by and thanks for the encouragement! There are many days I think to myself, “Wow this parenting thing is much harder and much more exhausting than I thought.” On those days, I love looking to Jesus and remembering what a true blessing being a parent is. So glad thankful for GRACE. Thanks for the encouraging comment. Glad you enjoyed this post.

  3. This is a great reminder. I get pretty whiny during pregnancy (though I try to only whine to my hubby so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings…poor hubs. LOL), and I need to remember how I felt after a miscarriage and how others who have had difficulty conceiving or carrying might feel hearing me complain.

    I think it helps to have someone you can vent to, someone who knows your heart and knows you are thankful for the life inside you; and who won’t be hurt by your frustrations…but that pregnancy is hard and that sometimes we need to vent, and that’s okay. This has helped me to not let it slip out in front of others. 🙂

    Great post!

  4. What a great reminder to be sensitive to others who are in difficult circumstances. Would love for you to stop by and share at Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

  5. I really like your view on this. Part of me never wants to be pregnant because of all the aches and sickness but your viewpoint is really positive and enlightening!

    xo

  6. A hard balance to strike for everyone. It takes perspective on all sides to realise that the blessings need to be counted and not the negatives. Never easy when you are up to your eyeballs in something!

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