Those last few weeks of pregnancy are the most exciting/terrifying/wonderful weeks in a woman’s life. You prepare a birth plan, you map out the route to the hospital, you pack bags, you get sitters if needed (yes, even for your fur children), and you think that after those classes and all the reading you’ve done online that you’re ready.
I hate to break it to you, but no woman is ever ready for giving birth, or for the birth of her child. Especially the first time around.
But I think that’s the beautiful part of it all.There’s so much we can’t ever expect, so there’s only One person to lean on.
God knew a long time ago exactly how birthing your babies would go. He knew how things would pan out, how it would all go down.
I remember writing out my birth plan and being so stressed. I looked up birth plans online and became completely overwhelmed. The Bump has a six page plan…six pages! I had no idea what it meant to have continuous fetal monitoring, or what in the world a saline drip was. There were a lot of tears trying to write that plan. I had figured out I specifically wanted a couple things: 1. for my husband to never leave my side. Give him a catheter too, he wasn’t to leave me. 2. I didn’t want any medication until I asked for it. What I’d realize very quickly is that I’d ask for the medication within an hour of getting to the hospital.
My birth plan was basically nonexistent when we got to the hospital. I labored in a triage room due to some misplacements of monitors on my belly. I went from 4-9 cm in two hours and my sweet baby girl was born seven hours after we got checked in.
God had a different plan than I did. And looking back, even in all the chaos, I’d take His plan 100 times over.
I had joked leading up to my delivery that my birth plan was simple: get the baby out. And next time around, that might be all I write on the “plan.”
Becoming a mother is all the emotions. But if there’s one thing I learned, one thing that became my anthem, it’s that God was in control.
God is good. And our deliveries and births will go just as they should. He loves His children, and He has the best for us.
If you’re preparing for the birth of your baby, take a deep breath and know that God loves you, and He’s got you.
And that your birth plan may go right out the window the minute you go into labor. But that’s what makes it fun.