The Grateful Heart

When I became pregnant I didn’t expect all the dramatic changes that happened in my life. I knew I was going to experience morning sickness, and the challenges that the third trimester usually brings but I was not expecting to be sick my entire pregnancy with the occasional great day. Being pregnant has made me realize how much I took for granted of the normal day-to-day routine I had when I was not pregnant.

When I wasn’t pregnant I was able to sleep, drink water without tasting chemicals or plastic, cook, eat normally, go to the bathroom without pain, clean, work, work out, think clearly, and not suffer from stomach issues, vomiting constantly,  head aches, body aches or the struggle of getting in and out of bed. There are so many symptoms that I experienced that it was an overload to my system at times and I was shocked that your own body could “turn” itself against you.

But as I am approaching my due date ( which in reality is 53 days away…but it feels so close to me), I have had a lot of time to reflect on the normal day-to-day activities I took for granted when I wasn’t pregnant. In a way, I am very grateful for all the hardship this pregnancy has brought because it has helped shape my character and strengthen who I am. This isn’t to say that I haven’t hated parts of the pregnancy and wish it was over with, but I have really grown from the person I used to be.

I have realized that we as people need to be more thankful for the privileges we have in life and to teach our kids to be grateful for any blessing that comes their way.  We have so much to be thankful for that other people may never get to experience the luxuries we have and that breaks my heart. We have clean water, clothes, family, friends, food, a place to sleep, jobs, technology, entertainment and so much more. I was always grateful for these things but being pregnant has enhanced that gratefulness to where I want to help others who are struggling.

I know I didn’t have the worst pregnancy nor did I have the best but I am super glad I experienced the challenges I have gone through. If you are struggling with being pregnant, I want to personally say you can do this! I know the light at the end of the tunnel might seem dim but you will get through this. Don’t feel guilty for the way you feel and embrace the day-to-day challenges.

Don’t let others impact you with negative words instead surround yourself with people who will speak life into you.  Let yourself be true to who you are and learn from everything pregnancy has to offer. Let this be a time of growth and a place to gain knowledge about what it means to be a mom. I know its tough but there is a great reward coming in the end. I hope and pray that God will show you grace and guide you throughout your journey!  I also pray that if anyone sees a family in need to reach out and help them.

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