Genesis 3:16, God says to Eve that He will increase her pain during childbirth as punishment for eating the fruit. However, I see God as blessing Eve and future women with a gift.
With my first pregnancy I wanted to have a “natural” childbirthing experience. I didn’t want an epidural. I wanted to be capable to feel the pains of the contractions and be strong enough to endure them. However, once the first contraction hit, I knew I was getting the epidural.
The next time I became pregnant, I was determined to find my inner strength to not receive an epidural. The reason for wanting to experience natural childbirth is that I always felt that I would never be a strong person who could do amazing things. I saw myself as second best to everyone. I saw this as an opportunity to strengthen my soul, my inner belief, to prove to ME that I am capable of great things. But I only found this strength by turning to God.
Each day I prayed to God for the strength to overcome the pain, the knowledge that my body was capable of handling the process, and I prayed for quick labor because, to be honest, I was scared.
God made my body able to create a miracle. He gave me one of the hardest jobs He could bestow on a woman; growing and carrying His creation in my body. Also, God was preparing me for a harder job—the sacrifice of motherhood.
Through the sacrifice of my body, the pains of pregnancy and childbirth, God was preparing me to be tough enough to endure the future of being a parent.
I knew in my heart that if I could overcome the pains of labor then I could do anything God placed in my path. That God didn’t curse Eve. He was being her Father and preparing her (and the future women) for the role of motherhood that would be harder than pregnancy and labor. To carry His miracle, we need to not only sacrifice our bodies but find repentance and faith.
1 Timothy 2:15:
“Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control”
Childbirth is God’s gift of learning self-control, love and thus strengthen our faith.
If you had an epidural, C-section or non-epidural labor–remember we are all created equal in God’s preparation for motherhood. What I am saying is that we need to embrace this role God is giving to us and thank Him for the sacrifices and pains.
God blessed me with three boys. He showed me my strength and ability through two non-epidural birth. I could not have withstood the contractions if I had not prayed to the Lord for His strength and guidance. God showed me that He made my body capable of miracles and I shouldn’t doubt my abilities.
And neither should you! When you are struggling with motherhood, doubting your capacity or trying to making it through pregnancy-remember God knows you are made for this role. Childbirth is God’s creation and gives us the gift of life through it.