So many people I know have just had babies or are supposed to have babies soon, that I thought I’d jot down a few things that have been helpful for me in preparing for birth. (And to those who have been asking or wondering silently--no, I'm not pregnant!)
Don’t be afraid
The Bible tells us not to fear 366 times, I’m told, one for each day of the year and and extra one for leap year! As expectant mothers, I think it’s common to worry over our little one inside. Will the baby be OK? What if something goes wrong? What if I can’t manage the pain? What if I’m a bad mother? Trust God. He wants us to be at peace. He is Lord over birth just as over every other part of life.
I was especially overwhelmed with the temptation to fear during my pregnancy with Sarah. As an antidote, I meditated on Psalm 139 for weeks before her birth. Ahhh…Sweet peace…
Did you know that it’s believed that a child’s palate is influenced by what you eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding? Aside from that, healthy foods result in a healthier baby and a mama who’s in better shape after birth. I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting when I was pregnant with
Birth is the hardest work you’ll ever do. You’ll perform better if you’re fit. One book likens it to training for a marathon.
When I was pregnant with
Subsequent pregnancies I simply haven’t had the time or ability to exercise that intensely. It really worried me at first, but someone encouraged me that the strength would be there when I needed it. It was. I do think that if you can work out vigorously (using common sense and the green light from your doc of course), that’s great. But if a brisk walk is all you can do, that’s great too. The bottom line: just get moving.