I’ve heard it said that every pregnancy is different. . .even for one mommy-to-be. With the first she may have nausea while with the second complete digestive peace. With one she may crave pickles and with the other, fruity pebbles. Symptoms, cravings, weight gain and labor. . .they all may vary from one pregnancy to the other. With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine what the journey will be like each time you discover you are expecting and thus you may experience a bit of fear or anxiety throughout your pregnancy.
I admit I tossed the theory aside as I entered this pregnancy. Of course the experience would be as wonderful and rewarding as the last time. Everything would go as expected – or should I say “planned”? My first trimester would include minimal nausea and some fear until I was beyond the miscarriage zone. I would find out I had gestational diabetes somewhere around 12 weeks when I would begin a strict no carb diet that was sure to help me lose weight even while growing this little one inside of me. My battle with fear would subside around 16 weeks when I would begin feeling the little peanut moving consistently within my womb. Perfect. Just perfect. Just like last time.
But they say every pregnancy is different. And I think they are right. My experience has been very different than the last and I’m sure that will continue right through delivery and beyond. This pregnancy is unique and why shouldn’t it be? The life that is growing and developing is as well. Thinking about the uniqueness of this experience has allowed me to focus on the distinctive child that will enter our lives and our hearts in 5 or so short months. I cannot compare my pregnancies and more so I cannot compare my children.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16
As you walk through your pregnancy I pray you will savor the time and meditate on the fact that God is creating a very unique little person inside of you. He knows every fiber of your baby’s being and he’s intricately weaving them together. What an amazing miracle to be a part of!
We’d love to know just how unique your pregnancies have been.
Enjoying the journey,