Angels in the Trenches

This week I reached a point where I just needed to talk to someone. This pregnancy has definitely not been the easiest for me. I’ve been tired, hormonal, emotional, and I’ve had the possibility of complications weighing heavy on me. It’s hard to feel excited about having a baby with all of that against you, even if 99% of it is all in your head.

So I decided to talk about it instead of bottle it all up. I have a group of women on FaceBook that has become quite close. We pray for each other, cry with each other, laugh with each other… We are all moms — some are first-timers, while others have been doing this for a while. We are spread all over the country, even the world! Several of them even live local to me.

This is the group that I went to with my fears and worries and concerns.

And these Angels in the trenches of motherhood wrapped me up, lifted me up, and reassured me that what I’ve been feeling is fine. That I’m not going through this alone. That I’ve got this.

“A” gave me permission to feel what I’ve been feeling, and frequently tells others in the group the same thing.

“J” wrote to me personally, she used to work with many of the doctors in this area, and knows my doctor well. She told me I was in good hands, that she experienced similar possible complications with one of her pregnancies, and that it all worked out.

“L” is in the same boat as I am, in her 3rd pregnancy, and facing some of the same insecurities that I am. Just hearing that I’m not crazy or alone in this was a huge comfort.

And these are just a few of the lovely ladies I call friends!

When I finally got to my doctor’s appointment, I shared my concerns with my doctor, and one of the first things he asked me was “Do you have a good support system?”

Yes! I do! Besides my lovely family and friends who I’ve known for years, this group of women, these angels in the trenches with me, are a wonderful support system. The things I have witnessed these women do for each other is amazing.

This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for my support system. I would be so lost in my own head right now if it weren’t for being able to share with them my worries.

So Ladies, you know who you are… Thank you.

Do you have a support system? It could be your family or friends. Near or far. It could be people you have met through church or school. It could be many people, or only one or two. Whoever your support system is, take a few moments today to tell them how much you appreciate them.

Maybe you are their support system too!

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