Fear during pregnancy – A popular weapon the enemy uses against us.
During pregnancy, fear and anxiety can be quite overwhelming, creating a thick shadow of darkness which controls our every move and thought. This is especially true for women who fall pregnant after enduring a previous loss or who fall pregnant after years of trying to conceive.
When you discover you are expecting, you may find yourself constantly fighting a war – wanting to rejoice with elation about your pregnancy, to celebrate it and embrace it but whilst also being paralyzed by the waiting and unknown as a result of your past experiences.
Oh how I understand that war well! I was in the same position when I finally fell pregnant with my son, after two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy. Due to my past experience of bleeding during my previous pregnancies, I suddenly developed a fear to pee I was so scared I would discover I was spotting or bleeding. Whenever it was time to pee, my heart would race with fear.
During my pregnancy, I prayed to God to protect me from unnecessary fear and anxiety. The best way I knew to fight my pregnancy fear was with the Word of God. Soaking the Word in, over and over, and also praying the Word out loud. Soon, the Word became so familiar that it replaced the fear I had previously battled against.
God’s Word says
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” – 1 John 4:18.
In fact, the Bible says that, “God is love.” So, when you’re afraid, this fear is not from God — because there is no fear in love, and God is love…oh the power of God’s Word!
Suddenly my fears, anxieties and negative thoughts started to diminish to the point where they no longer existed. We are all human and far from perfect. So, while we may sometimes feel afraid, the most important thing to remember is that fear no longer controls us. We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is. We may not know the future, but we can know the God who does. Trust Him…no matter what you’ve gone through in your past.
The following is a list of scriptures on fear. Print it. Stick on your wall, your bedside table. Carry it around with you and use it when fear is creeping in. To fight the fear of the unknown, counteract it with faith based on the known – the known will of God.