On the Sickness of Pregnancy

  1. Ella says:

    I’m really glad to hear from you and to know about your little Camille! The doctors and nurses in the NICU are incredible, aren’t they? My nephew also spent his first month in the NICU, but you wouldn’t be able to tell now! I sympathize with all the parents going through the NICU journey. It’s a tough path to walk.

  2. The sickness of pregnancy, also known as morning sickness, can be a challenging and uncomfortable experience for many women. While it’s a normal part of the pregnancy process, it can still take a toll on your physical and emotional wellbeing.

  3. Kristie says:

    THIS…All of this!! Soo perfect! I am pregnant with number 7. My first (pregnancy) set of twins were born at 24 weeks, in labor at 21 weeks. 5 months in the nicu. Praise Jesus they are both 7 today. But such truth in your words/perspective. So many families we knew lost babies. Even with my pregnancy now, I am always gently reminded as I look at my oldest boys…how the constant nausea and ailments are absolutely nothing compared to having babies too early. Such a great article! Thank you!

  4. Emily Reiter says:

    Nancy, I, too, am pregnant after a miscarriage. This will be our fifth baby. I keep looking at the others and remind myself, “it’s all worth it, it’s all worth it!” I really do have smooth pregnancies. No barfing. Plus, this one has been particularly mild, so far. Quite amazing. But I do feel little baby kicking now and then so I’m sure it’s there. 21ish weeks so far, due early July. I think it’s ok to still say “this stinks!” When we are suffering. No matter how our suffering compares to others, someone is always worse off. But in our own way, if we can accept our suffering and know it has a purpose, we make it worthwhile. Lately, my worst complaint has been a rib head popped out of place in my upper right back. OW!! But even that, I have to remember, won’t last forever. Babies are awesome and totally worth every bit of agony we suffer to bring them out.

    • Suffering is suffering. My goodness, that rib situation sounds brutal. I don’t know of anyone that sails through pregnancy loving every moment of it–and I hope to never meet someone like that! Prayers for you on this pregnancy!

  5. Jodi Olson says:

    Nancy, Great article. I am thoroughly convinced that every women’s cross is her fertility in some way, shape or form. I have made it through the NICU and hope to never go back… I have never experienced the months of nausea that you and other women have, which would be a horrible cross to bear. Whether super fertile and having to obtaining for crazy, long, hard periods, or having miscarriages and so desiring to have a baby and be a mother, EVERY woman’s cross is SO different, but for all of us there is something about our fertility that is hard. I think to try compare crosses is impossible. You can never know the weight of another woman’s cross and all the tolls it takes on her. I do know this, our crosses can lead us closer to Christ, if only I can Embrace the cross he gives me specifically to draw me closer to him and stop trying to kick at it and fight it and hopefully surrender and receive the grace and sanctification of the cross… God bless on your third trimester! May it get better!

    • Oh Jodi, I miss you. This actually is exactly what Bill and I were talking about tonight. It is so impossible to compare crosses. Gosh, reading your words here just really make me miss my friend. Love you so much!

  6. Valerie says:

    Thank you for this. Your really spoke to my heart and put into words what it felt like for me. My little Camille was born at 31 weeks and spent her first month in the NICU. During that time I felt that all I could do was watch my little girl and pray. Now she is strong and feisty. Thank you again.

    • I am so happy to hear from you, and to hear about your little Camille! Those NICU doctors and nurses are amazing, aren’t they? My nephew spent the first month of his life there–not that you would know it now! I feel for all parents in the NICU. What a hard road to walk!

  7. Karyn says:

    Thank you for sharing this….I’m sitting here at 38 weeks with number seven and just want to be DONE! But I need to appreciate these last days of pregnancy and be thankful that my pregnancies have been “uneventful’ even if they’re uncomfortable. Hope you get to feeling better soon and truly get that second/third trimester break!

  8. Virginia says:

    This is my first pregnancy and today, at the end of week 26, I am right back to feeling just as nauseous and gross as I did during my first trimester. Thank you for putting things back into perspective. I need to remind myself that my little man needs to stay right where he is in order to be the best little human he can. Thanks for your encouragement!

    • Virginia, pregnancy is SUCH A MIND GAME and unfortunately even a few pregnancies in, it doesn’t get any easier. Focus on the now and remember that memories of these yucky days will slip right out of your mind as you watch your beautiful baby boy coo and smile at you. I’m so excited for you! There is nothing like taking that first little baby home from the hospital. EVERYTHING CHANGES–and thank goodness it does. All the best with the rest of your pregnancy and delivery. Will it be a June baby?

  9. Susan says:

    You brought me a smile and precious memories with your post. I loved being pregnant with each of my children – it’s the closest I’ve ever felt to God as He used me to create a miracle. But I also remember watching a little Sleeping Beauty doll mommy tell a little Alladin doll daddy, “I can’t do that because my back hurts from the baby.” (Complete with hand on back and hunched over). Treasure your sweet memories, Nancy (and I know you are).

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