“Did you have the baby yet”?
“You are still pregnant”?
“It looks like you can go any day now”?
Every pregnant woman has heard these words during the last few weeks of their pregnancy. Most of the time I smile and nod, or answer as if the wait isn’t bothering me. The person on the other end of the conversation has no clue just how anxious, excited, and miserable I really am.
Each day I check for signs that my bundle of joy will be arriving. I think “this is it” when I get any little twinge or cramp…just to be let down by another false alarm.
Add taking care of a family to the mix, and the end of pregnancy can be daunting. Having to do daily task while not feeling physically well, can really take a toll emotionally and for me spiritually.
Staying Strong at the End of Pregnancy
There’s something about the end of pregnancy that really test your mental strength. Of course not every woman goes through this, but for the ones that do, this is for you.
As I mentioned above all of the emotions at the end of pregnancy can be very overwhelming. Each day leads to wondering if you can do it another day (as if there was a choice) LOL. However, the question should be HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR PREGNANCY?
For me, I became so consumed with focusing on my discomfort and impending labor signs that I started to lose focus on enjoying the last few weeks of this pregnancy. Each day ended with an emotional breakdown, and me feeling like I was going to be pregnant forever (I know, this pregnancy has made me very dramatic). LOL.
I really didn’t want my days to be an emotional roller coaster, so I awoke this morning and spent some much needed time with God. I prayed and asked God to give me the patience and endurance I needed to get through the rest of the pregnancy. I also asked the Lord to help me focus on Him and what He could do. I needed to trust His plan. So after that I felt recharged and reminding myself throughout the day that God has this under control. And in an effort to help others feeling the same way I want to offer some words of encouragement.
Spend quality time with kids/family
I decided it would be best if I redirected my attention to my other children. Not that I had neglected them in anyway, but now is the perfect time to shower them with extra love. Instead of focusing on labor I chose to be present with them. We spend our days laughing, playing with lots of hugs and kisses. Wow, it sure does lighten the mood.
Get Last Minute Stuff Done
I finished most of the major task a few weeks ago. Well, since girlie isn’t here I decided to knock a few other things off of my list. This includes deep cleaning the kitchen, cleaning windows and mirrors, cleaning out the freezer, and doing a few extra loads of laundry. Now that I have these task out of the way it will be easier when I get home from the hospital.
Focus On Something Positive
Each day I promised I wouldn’t get discouraged if the baby didn’t come. After all, baby comes when baby is ready. However, the only thing that kept my mind focused was this scripture.
Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus.
I prayed about my upcoming VBAC, and childcare arrangements while in labor (both have been weighing heavy on my mind). And after that it’s out of my hands, now it’s in Gods hands and I must trust that He already has everything worked out. I think about all of the other instances in my life where His timing and plans worked out perfectly. Better than what I expected.
My Best Advice…
Is to take it easy on yourself and your baby. God knows when your baby is going to arrive, and be thankful that He has your little ones best interest in mind. Thank God in advance for already working out every little detail of your pregnancy and delivery.