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How do I feel on the bad days of hyperemesis gravidarum? Helpless and hopeless. Having experienced a miscarriage and infertility, it’s already easy to believe that my body is broken and has betrayed me. Add severe, debilitating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and those ideas are only compounded.
But, those feelings aren’t completely wrong. God has used all of these experiences to further reveal to me that my humanity is finite and fallen. Sin has permanently marred my body and my experiences on this earth. I am not immune to suffering.
So, is there any hope to be found when you haven’t eaten a meal in days? What can provide peace when you are filled with worry for your unborn child due to your weight loss or the potential side effects of your prescriptions?
Mama, whether you are struggling with extreme morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, or any other illness, you can still look to Jesus to sustain.
God Has a Plan For Your Hyperemesis Gravidarum
In the midst of suffering, I know this feels like a slap in the face. Yet, take a moment to consider Jesus’ prayer in the garden,
“‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.’” – Luke 22:42
He prayed for escape and deliverance in the face of unimaginable pain and suffering, yet He acknowledged the Father as sovereign and in control. His plan will be done.
God’s Plan Produces Good
I found myself searching desperately for relief. None of the natural morning sickness remedies worked. My first prescription for the hyperemesis gravidarum quit working after a month. Laying on the bathroom floor, I felt helpless. My toddler son watched hours of tv while I laid on the couch. Where is the good in this?
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
In my hopeless state, I see Jesus on the cross. What appeared to be the most hopeless situation, the One who claimed to be the Messiah dying as a frail human, turned into an incredible picture of God’s strength and power.
Your suffering may be a story of sanctification – God revealing your sins of pride or doubt. Your gracious response to suffering may be used as a Gospel witness to those around you.
No matter your story or suffering, God will use this time for His glory.
The Spirit Will Help You Pray
“Lord help me.” When I could barely stand, the idea of breaking out a prayer journal didn’t cross my mind. Instead, I sought the Lord through short prayers. “Help me, be with me, heal me, keep me safe, keep my baby safe.” When I don’t have the words, He is there.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26
What an intercessor He is! If you’re struggling to understand His power over your hyperemesis gravidarum, His control of this pregnancy, or His purpose in this time of suffering, find rest in these words. Let your heart be calm in the fact that He hears you and knows every thought and emotion behind your voice.
In his book, Lessons from a Hospital Bed, John Piper says,
“Satan wants to make your experience in the hospital meaningless and empty and fearful and trivial. Don’t let him win this victory.”
Mama, don’t let fear and hopelessness characterize this pregnancy, no matter how severe your symptoms are. Let every moment be for the glory of God.
“…and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” – Psalm 50:15
What Do You Think?
Have you ever experienced hyperemesis gravidarum? What verses or words of encouragement would you share with mamas currently battling this?
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