Being pregnant during a pandemic is not the most ideal situation. So many women are worried about delivery and who they will get to have with them. Many aren’t going to be able to have anyone other than their spouse there. They will have no family in the waiting room. They won’t be able to have the older siblings come into the hospital room to see their baby sibling for the first time. Babysitters will be needed. Plans will be shifted. Everyone is trying to make sure everyone stays healthy. And even though everyone is coping with it and knows this is just how it is, it doesn’t make it any easier.
All of that being said, I am praying the pandemic is gone soon. That we can find a new normal and way to function in society. That family can be back together again. That we can meet in our churches again. That we can get our hair done by professionals and go eat inside a restaurant and scour the flea markets for treasures.
I am 21 weeks pregnant. I may have a lot longer to go than some of these other ladies that I know, but I am still concerned about all that is going on in our world. This is my first birth. This may be my only birth. I want to be surrounded by our kids and family. I want my sister in the room to photograph. I want those memories of people coming in and out of the room right after the baby is born and talking about how she is so pretty and how we did good. I want all of these things and more, so I am going to keep on praying that this sickness we have going around just disappears.
Part of the fun of being pregnant is being around people and them talking about your growing belly (I’m not saying them going, “Man! Look at your big ol’ belly!” Please don’t do that). Dreaming about the nursery. Planning the baby showers. Those things have been put to a halt right now, and it is so hard on expecting mother’s emotions.
Are we still happy we are pregnant? Of course! We wouldn’t trade that for the world.
This is just a trying time for so many.
Will it all be ok? Yes, it will.
God has us in His hands.
He has never left us.
He has never forsaken us.
He has always protected us and provided for us, and He will continue to do the same.
I guess I am just saying….check on your pregnant friends. Encourage them. Be patient with them. Help them (even from afar). Pray for them. Be there for them. We all need it.