Pregnancy: When Things Don’t Go as Expected

A devotion for expecting mothers who are having physical or health issues during pregnancy.

Pregnancy can be exhausting – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Many expectant mothers find themselves disillusioned with the pregnant life.

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This is especially true for those who have not-so-smooth pregnancies. Any complication, from the common cold to preeclampsia, can seem like the end of the world when you’re pregnant.

The good news is that even when nothing else goes your way, you can still rely on God.

So here are some steps you can take to glorify Him when your body has taken a hit.


Philippians 4:6 says

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6

The Lord knows what we need; He knows every ailment and every worry. But that doesn’t mean we have to bottle up all our emotions. 

The Bible commands us to pray whenever we feel anxious, and we know that there is great power in prayer.

Nothing is too big or small for God – He cares for every illness, from a headache to a life-threatening disease. So don’t be afraid to make your requests to Him.

Pray for physical healing as well as the peace and endurance to face whatever lies ahead.

Be Joyful

verse Proverbs 17 22
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

It’s amazing what a positive outlook can do to the body. It’s not easy to think positively when there is a very real threat in your life. 

But the joy of Christ may be the most potent medicine you have.

One way to be more joyful is to start journaling; every day, try writing down something you’re thankful for.

When you look around and consider all your blessings, the problems you’re facing don’t seem quite as big.

You will begin to realize how God has provided for you, and you can be confident that He will do so again.

Look to the Outcome

verse Psalm 127 3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3

You are in the process of doing the hardest, most important task there is – bringing a new life into the world.

Many pregnant women feel helpless or burdensome, especially when their issues preventing them from living life as normal.

You might be tempted to ask, “Is it worth it?”

The answer, however, is unequivocally yes.

And once you hold your little gift for the very first time, every memory of pain will fade away.

Pregnancy may not be the fairy tale you imagined.

But every challenge you overcome will be worth it in the end. In the meantime, be sure to take care of your body and never neglect your own needs.

Maybe that means slowing down and resting more.

Or maybe that means staying active and eating healthier.

No matter what condition your body is in, however, always remember that your spiritual health is the number one priority.

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