Why I Love Pregnancy Even When It’s Hard

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After I miscarried in October, I wasn’t sure what would lie ahead. Maybe we were done having children. I wrapped my head around that possibility, but also kept my heart and mind open to more.

I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant with Baby #10. I’m an open-book regarding the fear I’ve faced this pregnancy. Part of my healing process were the words of many friends that have also miscarried. I talked to them and they shared that pregnancy after miscarriage was hard in so many ways, but it was also beautiful like never before.

When I found out I was pregnant, I committed to an “attitude of gratitude” versus a mindset of anything else. I continued to tell myself why I love being pregnant, even when it’s hard. I truly believe we can either feed our mind truth or lies, and whatever choice we make has a huge effect on our daily lives.

Pregnant It is easy to complain when pregnant. “I am so tired…” – “I am so sick…” – “I am so frustrated…” – “I feel so anxious!” but complaining doesn’t really get us to the other side of the hard situation. It usually just makes it worse. I love pregnancy because even when it’s hard, I realize my mind is much tougher than I give it credit for. My mind directs and leads my body. I love that I can tell myself “Eat good food (when I really don’t want to eat anything)” or “Let’s get to the gym (even when I feel like a zombie)” and my body will respond. The balance between listening to my body and my mind is delicate, but I love that pregnancy requires me to tune in mentally, physically and emotionally.

I love being pregnant because I know there is a tiny life growing inside of me. Yes, I am nauseous and tired, but all of my energy is working towards building another human. It is a miracle! Thus, I love taking naps daily, saying no to other things and focusing on this season of taking care of myself and baby. I love that it is good to rest, to slow down and to not feel like I have to be everything to everyone.

It is hard knowing that tomorrow is not promised, whether for this baby or myself, but I love being pregnant because my faith is stretched. I love being reminded that there is a God, a God that loves me and my family more than I ever could. I love feeling the weight of so much responsibility, but then casting it on Jesus and knowing that I really have no control. I love how pregnancy forces me to pray for things like energy, strength and gentleness (those raging hormones are the realest). It’s easy to become self-reliant, but the hard things about pregnancy show me where I am weak. Relying on God gives me more and more faith, and for that I am forever in love.

Whatever you are walking through that feels hard, I am hoping you can find a few things to love about it. You will get to the other side and a renewed mindset helps us see that hard is not bad. Hard seasons, hard pregnancies and hard lessons often turn into the most beautiful stories of redemption.

With Love,
Johnna

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Johnna King moved to Waco in January of 2017. She met her husband in college and after 9 years in the Marine Corps, they prayed for place to settle down and raise their family. She is the Domestic Engineer of Team King which currently consists of eight littles. Her oldest is 11, then 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 2 & 16 months . She is due with their 9th in the summer of 2022. Motherhood is one of Johnna's many passions. She equally enjoys growing in obedience to Jesus, homeschooling the kids, running/weight lifting, photography, interior design, holistic living and writing. There is usually a half-read book on her nightstand. She runs their family blog www.kingsparenting.com. You can always find Johnna looking for new places to eat, planning a date night or taking another picture.

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