Recently my husband and I received some amazing news: We are pregnant with our first child! We are truly excited about this new blessing that God has bestowed on us.
Pregnancy is a mix of many feelings: excitement, anxiousness, nervousness, happiness, fear, and the one that I’ve experienced most closely during the first trimester is suffering: morning sickness. It’s a type of suffering, yet also a beautiful confirmation of motherhood. It is easy to get consumed by feeling bad, but when I sit back and consider the blessing that is causing this symptom, it makes it all worthwhile.
One very helpful piece of advice that I’ve received is to concentrate on something other than the suffering during pregnancy and labor. After days of being woken up at 3 a.m. with morning sickness, I decided to use this extra time to grow in my prayer life. I found a prayer to the Holy Mother and have repeated it everyday:
Dearest Mary, I look to you now for the help of your maternal love. You understand my trials as an expectant mother. You bore Jesus in your womb. You know the doubts and anxieties that beset me; you know the bodily suffering I endure. Like you, may I turn all these sorrows into joy. You overcame anxiety by a loving trust in God; you overcame doubt by gentle resignation to His will. Your motherhood lifted your mind above earth and kept it close to God. So speak to Jesus now with me, beloved Mother, as I seek prayerfully to learn to bear the trials of motherhood with joy. Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for me!