Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Counting our Blessings!

Pregnant woman We’re often quick to talk about the difficulties of pregnancy, but one thing that is so helpful in having a wonderful, healthy pregnancy is simply maintaining a positive, cheerful attitude!

I really appreciated Crystal’s focus on choosing joy during her last pregnancy:

However, the last two pregnancies I spent a lot of time wishing I could fast-forward to the end of the nine months–or at least to the end of the first twenty weeks. Wish as I might, though, there is no fast forward button on life. I can either muddle through this difficult season with a grumbling attitude, or I can choose, by God’s grace, to embrace today–nausea and all!
And so, I’ve landed upon a new motto for this pregnancy: “Embrace today!”

Choosing to cheerfully endure and make the most of this season won’t necessarily mean that it goes by any quicker or with less nausea, but a joyful spirit in the midst of it certainly won’t hurt anything!

I struggle many days with the challenges of pregnancy, just like most of you do. I have blessedly healthy pregnancies, but that doesn’t mean they’re always easy, comfortable or fun. Though I do as much as I can to stay healthy, there are still many discomforts and challenges. Some days are downright hard, and I can find it easy to want to throw a little pity party for myself or complain about how I’m feeling.

But the fact is, despite it’s challenges, pregnancy is a blessed state! A wise mom of 6 reminded me early on in this pregnancy that to be pregnant is to be blessed among women. I couldn’t agree more!

Let’s practice cultivating an attitude of joy and thankfulness in our pregnancies, and do our best to embrace the season that we are in!

My challenge for you is to think through and focus on one or more of the things that you enjoy about pregnancy, or it’s blessings, or simply it’s outcome (hmm, that’s an easy one!).

For me, here are a few:

  • Feeling my sweet baby move inside of me. There’s nothing quite like it!
  • Anticipating the arrival of baby- that wonderful time of “almost but not quite yet” (kind of like being engaged!)
  • The fact that, unlike many other disorders or physical challenges, this season has a very definite end in sight! That makes it so much easier to endure, doesn’t it?
  • Developing that adorable, early baby bump. I think cute little baby bumps are just beautiful, and it’s so fun to announce to the world that you’re expecting!
  • Sharing the joy of it with my other children and helping them cultivate a love for their new sibling.
  • One from a dear friend of mine- she just loved being really obviously pregnant, and the happy, approving looks that she would get whenever she went out in public!

It’s your turn! What do you love about pregnancy? Which aspects are the most joyful or enjoyable for you?

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I’ve enjoyed reading these posts, but i have one problem. They are all geared towards the married woman, husband/wife and family. I am currently pregnant with my first baby. I am 27 years old and was saved when I was 16 years old. I was raised in a strong christian family and have a wonderful, loving, christian family. The truth is, we all struggle with pressures and temptations of this world, no matter what our faith/belief. This period of my life has brought a lot of sorrow upon me. I will be a single parent and, after a few months of sleepless nights and heartache, forgave MYSELF for what I did. Shame and guilt still overwhelm me, but am trying to stay positive and look to God for comfort in knowing that all life is precious, no matter how it comes to be. My goal now is to look forward and raise the baby in Christ and pray for him/her every day, hoping that I will be a good mom. My biggest struggle though, is feeling the joy of being pregnant. Unlike most mom’s to be, I am not looking forward to showing my “bumb” off to the world. I feel ashamed when people see a bump with no ring on my finger. I know Christ has forgiven me, but it doesn’t erase the struggles in my heart. I hope some day soon I will consider this pregnancy a joy. Believe me, every day, whenever I think of all the negative things that come with my situation, I replace it with at least one positive. Just to get thru the day. Thanks for listening

  2. i wake up every morning and tell myself that I’m blessed to be pregnant. Among many friends who struggle with infertility, I am blessed. I tell myself everyday, all day. I know God has put certain things in my life, like this post, to remind me that I am truly blessed and to rejoice. The truth is that I’m not happy to be pregnant again. I’m not ready for a second child. I struggle with these feelings everyday. I know I shouldn’t feel this way but I just can’t help it. Thank you for the post. I hope to continue to read more like this and pray that i have a change of heart soon.

  3. Thank-you for this post and all the great comments. After 3 miscarriages and spotting during my first trimester I am thrilled to be 31 weeks, however this pregnancy could not go fast enough. Even though I have the perspective of loss and that anything is worth it, each day feels like it crawls by as I’ve been desperate to meet this little one for over 2 1/2 years. Also worry is a hard thing to keep away and struggle with worring about preterm labour, breech, cord entangelment, like I never did with my first sucessful pregnancy. Every baby is a miracle and I rest everyday in the grace and mercy of our Father.