Today, meet Nicole! She is sharing about her current pregnancy, and hopes to encourage couples that an “eventful” pregnancy shouldn’t necessarily be a reason to stop having babies.
Nicole and her husband.
My husband and I experienced a very painful season in our marriage in Feb 2013. We both received a word from the Lord that restoration would happen if we continued our marriage in faith and forgiveness. For the first time in our marriage we used birth control, but I felt that it was not glorifying to God, or proof that we really believed the word of the Lord in regards to the restoration of our relationship to keep holding back our childbearing. The week we stopped using prevention, I conceived. I should have started my period that week, but God chose to bless us with this child instead. When I went to the Dr. for a blood test, I “should” have been about 5 weeks according to my last cycle, but I was 3 weeks along. The Dr., thinking that I was miscarrying, would not confirm my pregnancy and instead referred me to my female doctor.
Still pregnant and having no signs of miscarriage, I went to get a full ultrasound, where God told me that our baby would have a miracle…at this point we didn’t know anything could be wrong. They found a spot that was bleeding near the placenta, but baby was alive and healthy. I was 8 weeks by this time. The next ultrasound at 12 weeks showed that our baby was still growing, and the bleeding spot was now a “bruise” and would go away by the next ultrasound. Thinking that our miracle had happened, we assumed that the eventfulness was over….and my blood work came back elevated. We were told that our baby needed to be checked for spina bifida at the 20 week ultrasound. At that scan the baby was “hiding” her abdomen and they believed that she was healthy, but wanted another scan to be “sure”. We were still sure that God’s word about our baby was true and that she was healed and protected. The next scan the Dr. said, “I don’t know what else to tell you, other than that she is healthy”, honestly that is all he needed to say.
I am now 29 weeks pregnant with this little miracle, and have still had some blood pressure problems, and now a possibility of gestational diabetes. People keep begging us, strangers and family alike, to stop having more babies. After the events of this year, and the miracles we are seeing in our marriage and our pregnancy, because we have been obedient to God in these things, we have decided to trust that He will determine our family size. I would encourage couples not to let an “eventful” pregnancy be the reason they stop having babies. What better way to make us doubt our faith that God is our provider in this, and all areas of our life, than to be attacked when we are at our most vulnerable as women. God revealed to me that procreation, from the fall of Adam and Eve, is a true act of faith. Faith that God would deliver you from the pain of childbirth, and allow you to live to see these babies grow up.
**Oh, and great news to add my blood pressure has gone down and they didn’t say I actually have gestational diabetes, but would like me to eat a diet more like I do because only one of my blood draws was elevated! God is keeping his promise…just as he always does 🙂
Do you have a birth, pregnancy, or adoption story to share? A story where the hand of God was mightily on you and your baby? I am looking to begin featuring these types of stories on this website on a regular basis! If you have a story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org