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The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester Of Pregnancy: 10 Moms Share Tips And Advice

Ahh, the second trimester of pregnancy… You’re not too big to be completely uncomfortable, your bladder gets a little break, nausea may (or may not) have lessened, and people can usually actually tell that you are pregnant by just looking at you instead of assuming that maybe you’ve just put on a little weight. Can you tell I loved the second trimester? 😉


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Before sharing our guide, I would like to apologize. When I wrote the Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester of Pregnancy, Stephanie and Shani were a few weeks into their second trimester. Both ladies have now had their babies. In fact, those babies are a few months old. Oops! I had every intention of getting this series completed over the summer, and life got in the way. Since then, it has been a bit hectic. Sorry!

What do the 10 experienced Moms from Sticky Hands Mommy Panel have to say about the second trimester of pregnancy? Quite a bit more than we thought we would. I think that may be a running theme with us though. HA!


Please note that NONE of us are medical professionals. Contact your doctor or midwife for official medical advice before trying something that we suggest.

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What do we feel that you can not go on without knowing? Did we miss anything? Read through and then share with us in the comments!


The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester of Pregnancy

  •  You may still have morning sickness. – And if you do, we are so sorry. If only our bodies could get the memo that the first trimester is over and the second trimester has begun. But nooooo… it has to just do what it wants. For some it may still end soon, for others it will last until the baby is born. Continue doing what you and your doctor feel is right for you as far as treatment of the symptoms. Feel free to drop us a line here or on our Facebook page to ask for prayer. You have our full sympathy.
  • Was that gas, or did the baby just move? – That first wiggle or kick that you feel may not be obvious. If this is your second baby, it may not even feel like it did the first few times you felt your previous babies move. On the other hand, it may be really obvious. You may feel it as early as 11-12 weeks or as late as 18-20 weeks. I felt my oldest baby move at 12 weeks and went on to have another baby later that I wasn’t really sure I was feeling them until about 15 weeks. It all depends on where your placenta is located, how baby is positioned, the baby’s size, if your baby is very active or calm, etc. Don’t stress if you’re not feeling your baby move yet. But for peace of mind, ask your doctor about it at your next appointment. It never hurts to ask!
  • Even if you try to scare your baby, they will still have hiccups. – I actually once met someone who attempted that. Don’t YOU attempt it though. Not only is the theory that scaring someone to get rid of hiccups false, but I don’t think you can actually scare a fetus from the outside. (Am I really writing this?) Anyway, yes, you may be feeling your baby’s hiccups. Some of my babies never had them, others did. One had them all the time. They can get annoying if they are constant and you are trying to sleep, but they will eventually go away. When kicks, wiggles, and hiccups get to be a little too much and you want to relax, try having a glass of water, moving around a bit, and then resting. A few months from now, none of this will work and your baby will kick you hard just as you are beginning to snore. (Oh, yeah, you may begin snoring now, too. We won’t tell anyone if you don’t…)
  • Making lists, checking them twice, and then adding more to them… and where did all of this energy come from? – If nesting hasn’t hit yet, it will soon. Nesting is one of those things about pregnancy I miss the most. You may have been someone who was never organized but now feel the need to label everything in the house. Try not to over do it by doing something that would not be safe for you or baby. However, if this is your first, this may be your last chance to clean your entire house in one session and keep it that way for more than 2 minutes. As long as you are not hurting anyone, go for it. Just remember to take breaks.
  • Maternity clothes are nothing to be afraid of. – Many of us are excited to finally be able to walk into the maternity boutique and pick something out while also enjoying the bags of barely used clothes from our friends and family. For some reason the idea of wearing maternity jeans was something we looked forward to from the day we found out they existed. For others, it may seem bizarre and unnecessary. However, our friends that held out and refused to try maternity clothes until their second or third pregnancies quickly stated that they wished they had just given in with that first pregnancy. I can not emphasize how much easier these items are on function and comfort. Everything stays covered and doesn’t hurt. Try and see if you can borrow some items from friends and hit up consignment shops as it is a bit pricey to buy an entire wardrobe to wear for only a few months. (And if you outgrow something, don’t pass it on immediately. You may need it during the first few weeks of your postpartum period… or you can be like Joey on Friends and pull those pants out on Thanksgiving every year. One of us might do that, I’m not saying who though…) If you were to only have 5 items of maternity clothes, I would suggest a good pair of pants, 2 long camis or tank tops, a sweater or jacket depending on the season, and a dress or skirt. Some of my favorite items were found at Target/Walmart/Kmart during clearance sales for very cheap! (As in less than $10.)
  • Hello, boobs… and what is THAT?! – You’ve probably already noticed a ton of changes in your breasts. I’m just going to go ahead and say what you’ve probably heard from your mom or best friend: get a good bra. Go try one on and make sure it has some elasticity in the cups so that as you grow you will remain supported. (Again, my favorite maternity/nursing bras were mostly at Target and Walmart, though a few of them were from Motherhood Maternity. Believe me, I looked everywhere as I was really uncomfortable. Who knew the best ones were just down the street at the mini mall?) All of that being said… you may start leaking a little colostrum now. If you don’t, that’s okay, too. Go ahead and get some nursing pads so that you have them on hand. Put a few in your purse, too. Just when you thought you didn’t have to carry any pads around, this happens. I know… But it’s worth it to save the embarrassment. During this phase washable pads are probably best as you won’t really be leaking enough to get your money’s worth out of the disposable ones.
  • Ouch! Was that a contraction? Is everything okay? – If you are ever unsure of any pain you are experiencing, call your doctor or midwife. There is so much going on in your body that it probably isn’t labor, but it’s always best to be safe. Braxton Hicks contractions can take you by surprise and may even cause you to catch your breath, but if they stop after a couple glasses of water and some rest you are likely okay. You may also experience pain due to stretching of your round ligament muscle. Pain can also come on from your pelvis and hips expanding. It can be intense! When this happened to me, I began wearing a maternity belt and found a surprising amount of relief, especially from the round ligament pain. (And that discomfort for some reason gets worse with each pregnancy. I was surprised with my 3rd when my doctor told me that I will probably experience more pain and discomfort, but she was right. I did!) If you feel at all uneasy, call your medical provider. If you leak any type of fluid, call your medical provider on the way to the ER. If your Braxton Hicks are causing pain and not stopping, call your medical provider. Never second guess your intuition. It’s better to feel silly for making a phone call than to not check at all. Trust me.
  • Take the time now to read up on labor and breastfeeding. – I’m a big nerd. I could never read enough about labor and delivery. Even after my first baby was born, and actually before I was ever pregnant. It just fascinated me. I can’t even remember how many books I had, but it was a lot. I even had a computer software that was a Lamaze/Bradley class. Of all of them, I remember my favorites being The Birth Book by Dr. Sears and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin. If you plan on breastfeeding, some great books that I enjoyed are, surprise, The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. Sears and So That’s What They’re For! by Janet Tamaro. When you are prepared and know what to expect, etc, it dissolves so much of the fear of what will happen. If you know that this thing is going to happen when that other thing happens, you don’t panic. When you know that your baby isn’t starving, but is actually going through a growth spurts and needs to eat a bit more than usual, you aren’t feeling like a failure. Knowledge: It’s a good thing! The more you know…
  • People may want to touch your belly or tell you their horror stories. – If this bothers you, nicely ask them not to do these things. For some reason everyone thinks that a pregnant belly is a community property and that the mother needs to hear every single persons battle saga. Neither are true. If you enjoy it, fine. If you don’t, then let others know that you just can’t handle it. You don’t have to give excuses, but do please be nice… because we all know that hormones can come out in our tone of voice. (Then again, if the person is pushy, that may not be a bad thing… 😉 )


This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

FREE Printable Pregnancy Planner

The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable


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ByStephanie from Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes

The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable

Hello there RSHTH readers!  I’m Stephanie from Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes, and I am finally making my debut as a new contributor!  I am so excited to be a part of this awesome group of gals.  I cannot wait to share with you what God has placed on my heart and to encourage you in your adventure of Christian parenting!

(Editor’s note: Stephanie actually wrote this post back in August. Due to different things that came up on my end, this post was not put up until now. (Sorry, Stephanie!) Please go to Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes and catch up on what all Stephanie has been up to. Remember to keep her in your prayers!)

As you may have gathered from other posts, I’m one of the preggos.  I am halfway through my second trimester with my second baby, but let me tell you about the first trimester…sick.  Sick and tired.  Sick and tired every day…all day!  Oh my goodness, the second trimester is GLORIOUS!  I’m only a few weeks away from the 3rd trimester, where things will get less glorious as I become more uncomfortable and start the ever so fun waddle walk.  That just means I’m that much closer to meeting this sweet baby girl so I say…BRING ON THE WADDLE!

Everything about pregnancy is unpredictable.  Same goes for delivery.  Unless you are having a caesarean, you have no idea when or how quickly baby is going to come.  Despite the unpredictableness (yes, that’s a word!) of growing tiny humans and delivering them into the world, you can prepare for the big day by having a bag packed and ready to go weeks before that baby decides to make his/her big debut.  Wondering what to pack?  Here are some essentials to pack for labor and delivery:


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For Mommy:

  • Id/insurance card/hospital paperwork- You will likely visit the place you are going to deliver before baby is born.  Fill out all paperwork ahead of time because when you are breathing through contractions, you don’t want to be filling out papers.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!


  • Comfortable outfits/pajamas/underwear/socks/outfit to wear home- You will be in a hospital gown during delivery (unless you buy one of those fancy laboring gowns) so bring 2-3 days worth of comfy clothes.  You will want out of that gown as soon as you can be out of it!


  • Comfortable pillow- BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW!  Hospital pillows are flat, flat, flat.  They are possibly one of the most uncomfortable pieces of bedding to ever exist.  You will be thankful that you brought yours.


  • Nursing bra – If you are going to breastfeed, a nursing bra is a must.  Whoever created those was a genius.  Easy accessibility!


  • Slippers- Hopefully you escaped the ever so dreaded pregnancy cankles, but if you haven’t, don’t fret.  Most women experience swelling in their legs and feet during the third trimester.  It goes away quickly after delivery, but bring some slippers to keep those tootsies comfortable.


  • Toiletries- The hospital provides toiletries, but it is a generic kind. I highly suggest bringing your own toothbrush/toothpaste/floss/deodorant/shampoo and conditioner and whatever other beauty products you want.  Whatever you do, pack lip balm!  With all that Lamaze breathing you will be doing, you will be so thankful that you packed lip balm!

For baby:

  • Outfits- It’s the moment you have been waiting for. Putting those sweet outfits on baby! Pack at least 2-3 outfits and maybe a few more, depending on how long your doctor plans to keep you in the hospital.  Packing baby clothes is honestly the best part of the packing 😉


  • Baby book- As a nursery nurse, I have done many handprints and footprints on birth certificates.  It is a skill!!  If you bring your baby book, you can ask your nurse to put those sweet footprints and handprints in your book, and I bet she will be glad to do it!


  • 2-3 swaddling blankets- The hospital will provide these, but it’s just fun to bring your blankies for baby.  And oh do babies love to be swaddled!


  • Nursing pillow- If you are breastfeeding, the nursing pillows can be a major lifesaver. If you forget it, you can always use the flat hospital pillows. 😉


  • Baby nail clippers and baby mittens- Babies tend to be born with long fingernails. Nurses are generally not allowed to cut baby’s nails so be sure to bring your own nail clippers and mittens to cover those sweet hands from scratching their face.


  • Baby hat- Babies lose heat from their head rather quickly.  That is why the nurses usually put a hat on them right after they are born.  If your room is cold, your baby will be much happier with a hat on.


  • Car seat- You can’t leave the hospital without it! If you need help, most nursery nurses are trained in car seat safety and can help you.


  • Phone/Camera/tablet and charger- You will want to make “the baby is here!” phone calls/texts so don’t forget your phone and charger! Some hospitals do professional photos of your newborn as a part of their service, but if they don’t, be sure to bring your camera and charger.

For Siblings:

  • Busy bag- If you have younger children, make a busy bag ahead of time with things for them to do. Search pinterest for busy bags and you will certainly find something to entertain your toddler.  I really feel that it is important for them to be present and able to bond with the baby during those first few days, but as we all know, toddlers are busy people!


  • Gift from new baby to sibling- My 3 year old has already been putting together a gift bag for his baby sister (with mommy’s help, of course!)  He is so excited to give these gifts to her!  How surprised will he be when baby has a gift for him too!?

These are the essential things you will need.  Take it from a mom who has been there/done that and is about to do it again, and an RN trained in OB/nursery.  I got ya covered, sweet mommas!


Labor and Delivery Packing List


Now that you know what to bring, it’s time to start packing.  As a gift to you, we want you to have this adorable Labor & Delivery Packing List.  Share it, print it, and start packing!

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This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

FREE Printable Pregnancy Planner


FREE Printable Pregnancy Journal

Today we are sharing with all of you a free printable pregnancy journal to go along with our pregnancy series and Virtual Baby Shower for Shani & Stephanie.


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Why? Pregnancy is such an exciting time. No other time in your life will ever compare to this, that is a fact.

One thing that many moms regret later is not keeping better documentation of milestones, memories, and photos to keep as a memento of this time. What you think now that you will remember, you will forget later.

Please accept this gift from our blog family to your growing family. Feel free to share the link to our website with your friends so that they may receive a journal of their own, but please do not share your downloaded copy.

This file is for personal, non-commercial use only. We take no profit or exchange for this file as it is a true gift.

The graphics in this printable set are from Babystar Design.

You may also want to see some other posts in our pregnancy series, which is still growing…

This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

FREE Printable Pregnancy Planner

The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable



Congratulations and enjoy!



Click here to download your FREE Printable Pregnancy Journal.

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The Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester Of Pregnancy: 10 Moms Share Tips And Advice

Nothing in life compares to that first trimester of pregnancy. Not even the other two trimesters. So many emotions come along with it, along with symptoms that you never knew were possible. It’s exhilarating, exciting, and yet can be downright depressing if you are so sick that you can’t function or the pregnancy was not planned. Even if you’ve been through it before, something may take you by surprise and leave you with questions. Who better to guide you than 10 experienced Moms from Sticky Hands Mommy Panel?


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Please note that NONE of us are medical professionals. Contact your doctor or midwife for official medical advice before trying something that we suggest.

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So just what is it that goes on during this mysterious time that is the first trimester of pregnancy? While it is talked about more now than it was in the past, there are still things that you may not have heard since a large percentage of women still keep their little secret to themselves until the trimester is over. (A few of us weren’t that patient, others were… I, for example, was always on the phone as soon as I found out… while the pregnancy test was still in my hand.) Read on to read the ultimate list of tips, advice, and facts that we feel you just HAVE to know!

The Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester of Pregnancy

  • You’re not crazy. – You may feel like you are, but you are not. Your hormones are just jumping all over the place, causing you to cry about anything and laugh about everything… neither at an appropriate time.
  • You may not get morning sickness. – Some people do, others don’t. That’s just how it is. If you don’t get queasy, that doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you or your baby… Nor does it mean that you won’t have it if you have another baby. Each and every pregnancy is as individual as each and every one of your children and will never be identical from one to the next.
  • This pregnancy may be completely different than any you had before. – Read above. 😉 Yes, we are repeating ourselves, but it really is something that may be hard to realize even if you already know it. If things are not going this time like they were another time, don’t panic. Shani, who is expecting right now, has said that her pregnancy this time is completely opposite of her pregnancy last time. With her oldest she had nearly no symptoms and this time she could probably check off every one on the list.In addition, never listen to other’s horror stories, kindly ask them to save them for after the baby is born. The chances of you having the same thing happen to you are slim and you do NOT need those thoughts in your head. Keep this time as peaceful as possible.
  • There’s a whole lot of discharge going on. – This is one of those things that most don’t talk about because it’s, well, gross. But it happens. TMI, I know… But you can’t really talk about pregnancy with other moms without involving TMI, as you will see more and more as we get deeper into this series. It may smell or look different than before. It is just your body doing what it’s supposed to do. However, if it has a foul odor or you have other symptoms of an infection, call your doctor or midwife.
  • Cramps and spotting sometimes happen. – With any spotting or severe cramping, call your doctor or midwife just in case.  But you will cramp, and it does not always mean miscarriage. Your body parts are moving around, growing, and adjusting. That’s not exactly comfortable, you know? But like we said, call your doctor or midwife if you have any concern. That’s what they’re there for!
  • Constant trips to the bathroom. – Chances are you know this by now, but just in case, we’ll tell you any way. The bathroom visits will let up a little in the second trimester, and then get worse in the third. Warning: Your bladder may never be the same. There’s a chance it will stay just as it is, but the majority of us are not so fortunate. Just remember that when your little peanut is a teen and makes you laugh so hard you pee your pants, you’ll be able to joke “YOU did this to ME!” Okay, maybe not, but either way know that you won’t be the only one. Also, while you may be peeing a lot, that may be all you are doing in there… All thanks to slow digestion. More on that in a minute… If it gets bad, ask your doctor or midwife if you are able to take a stool softener or use other natural methods to get things moving.
  • There are not enough hours in the day… for SLEEP! – You’re exhausted. Why? Because your body is working overtime to create that little person growing in you. That’s why you feel like you’ve just finished running a marathon when all you did was lay on the couch all day. (Well, when you weren’t running back and forth to the bathroom.) Give yourself grace and sneak in as much rest as you can. This can be especially hard if you have older children, obviously, but make time wherever you can. Your body and baby need all that rest you are craving. If you don’t rest now, you are going to be angry at yourself in the third trimester and when you are sleep deprived with a newborn, feeling as though you took rest for granted when you had the chance.
  • When it comes to prenatal vitamins, try gummy or chewable over capsules or caplets. – This is not only because of morning sickness, though if you do have morning sickness this is a great option, but also because when you are pregnant your digestive system slows down to barely moving. (Which also means a lot of gas! BEWARE!) The easier something is to digest, the less trouble it will give you overall. Gummies and chewables absorb into the body at a higher rate as well. During my last pregnancy, I preferred using Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and usually took them after a meal so that they felt like a treat. Win/Win!
  • Drink as much water as you can stomach. – You may be nauseous and constantly peeing, but if you become dehydrated you’ll feel so much worse. Being someone that does not like water, I added a splash of juice to my water to make it more tolerable. Another great option would be water drops.
  • Pregnancy brain is real, so keep a journal. – Right now you might think that you will never forget anything about this pregnancy, but you will. Between pregnancy brain (Oh, it’s real alright! Just wait!) and the sleep deprivation coming in a few months, you’re going to forget a lot of things that later you will wish you remembered either for the sake of a memento or what you meant to ask your doctor or midwife about.
  • Invest in a good body pillow. – The type of pillow depends on your preference, but as your body shifts (even before you are showing!) you will have a hard time getting comfy. It also aids in keeping you from laying on your back. The options are endless from a wedge type support to a full blown total body pillow. Whatever you decide on, use one. You’ll see why once you start using it, and thank us for insisting on it.
  • Belly bands are awesome! – Self explanatory. 😉
  • So are books and apps! – And they are great to have for all that time you’ll be spending in the bathroom… Just sayin’. Some of our favorites are What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Pregnancy For Dummies, The Healthy Pregnancy Book, and the BabyBump Pregnancy App. Shani loves The Business of Being Born and it has inspired her to have a home birth this time around.
  • Morning sickness is brutal. Sadly, there is no cure. – Things that help? Oh yeah. But completely take it away? No. Morning sickness can range from as mild as queasy feeling here and there or just vomiting at the same time every day to needing a medication to keep you from becoming dehydrated/trips to the hospital for IV fluids/permanent PICC line/etc. Here are some tips we have to help with it. Once again, check with your doctor or midwife before doing any of these:
  1. When feeling terrible, breathe in your nose and out your mouth.
  2. Eat throughout the day and keep crackers (or something that is appetizing to you) next to the bed for when you wake up. An empty stomach is an angry stomach! It will revolt! Once it’s empty, it’s hard to reconcile with it. It has a mind of it’s own at this point, and it’s just as hormonal and moody as you are.
  3. Eat what you are craving. – Whatever it is may seem weird, like a lunch time food for breakfast. Go with it. Some believe that there is something in your craving that your body needs, and I believe that to be true… most of the time. Once again, remember that you don’t want an empty stomach. So if what you are craving feels like the only thing you can eat, go with it. But don’t be surprised if you hate the food tomorrow and never want to eat it again. Silly hormonal mood swingin’ stomach… It never knows what it wants.
  4. Be careful with homeopathic and natural remedies! – Always ask your doctor or midwife before trying anything! Just because something is natural does not mean that it is okay to use while pregnant. While we suggest awesome things like ginger capsules, sandalwood and/or ginger oil, and Pregnancy Herbal Tea (LOVE this stuff! So good!) or Ginger Tea, still check with your medical professional before using them. The “rules” of pregnancy are constantly changing, you know… Just ask your Mom what she was allowed or not allowed to do while pregnant.
  5. If your doctor or midwife approve, stock up on antacids and sour hard candies. – It may sound silly, but they really are a life saver… No pun intended. Those of us that have have been pregnant since their invention all insist that Preggie Pops have to be on this list, though old fashioned lemonheads (and similar type candy) will work in a pinch. Preggie Pops are not as loaded with sugar so they are a little easier to stomach. Antacids have a variety of benefits, but be careful because too many will just contribute to your constipation.
  6. Try to avoid sights and smells that will trigger nausea. – Easier said than done, right? Especially if you have kids. But do explain to your husband, family, and friends the importance of keeping these things off your radar, and whatever you do, avoid commercials! Blech!
  7. Acupressure wrist bands help! – Whether you choose Psi Bands, Sea-Bands, or another type of band, they will help. Best part? No worry about putting something in your body that’s bad for baby.
  8. Buy/recycle a canister or pitcher with flip top lid– My Mom came up with this when I was pregnant with my oldest. She had a brand new car and was afraid I would ruin it, so she bought me a pitcher with a flip lid and small trash bags. Insert a trash bag into the pitcher as you would a waste basket, snap on the top, and when you get sick just open the top. After, close it up until you reach a trash can. Keeps things a little less messy, the smell somewhat contained, and your mom’s new car still smelling new. I would suggest though that if you choose to use one that you have used in your kitchen that it does not have a lingering odor in it, because you won’t like that. Trust me.

Wow, that’s a lot of information, I know. But don’t be overwhelmed. Also remember that if you are in need of prayer, you are always welcome to submit a message to the Mommy Panel, email, message us on Facebook, or comment with your request.

If you are just finding out that you are pregnant and are in a predicament you were not ready for, please know that some of us have been there. There is nothing too big for God, and we are always here to talk if you need someone to chat with.


This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

The Ultimate Guide to the Second Trimester of Pregnancy - 10 Moms share tips and advice - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven
The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester of Pregnancy

FREE Printable Pregnancy Planner

The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable


Any questions? What would you add to the list?





Hannah’s Prayer: 1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:11

Read about Hannah’s Prayer in the Bible! It can be found in the book of 1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:11.

In November 2000, my husband, Matt, and I decided that we wanted to try and have another baby. So I went off the birth control pill and we started the process of adding another child into the Williams household. Already having a daughter in the mix, I desperately wanted a little boy. Someone who looked like my husband, and had an imagination like Calvin from the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. We had gotten pregnant pretty quickly with Sarah, so I expecting a quick turn around this time. Yet, every month I would either start my cycle or have a negative pregnancy test.


Feeling pretty discouraged I talked with my mom. She had read an article about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). She thought I had that and wanted me to take the test in the magazine. So I did. It completely described me to a T. I went to my Dr with the article in hand, and discussed the problem with him. He thought there was also a good chance that I might have PCOS, and referred me to an Endocrinologist. The day of my appointment, Matt and I nervously went in to the new Dr. He wanted to have an ultrasound of my ovaries. Honest to God, they looked like a bag of marbles. He said, “You do have PCOS. Instead of producing eggs, your body is producing cysts. If you are going to have another child, it will have to be through fertility drugs.” He gave me a regime of pills to take to get my body back under control. During this time, I began to read the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel and felt her pain and longing for a son. I began to pray her prayer, as well as her praise. For even if I didn’t get a son, a still had a beautiful daughter whom God saw fit to give me.

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Three months later, we went back for a check up, to our dismay the pills he gave me didn’t work. He said that he wanted to start the fertility process with us. He gave us the run down of what that would entail. It seemed like there was so much to process at one time. Then he handed me a ton of prescriptions and told me to start taking them right away. One was to start my cycle, as I had not had one in 4 months. He said to me, “First take a pregnancy test. It will be negative, but better safe than sorry.”


Matt and I walked to our car like zombies. I looked at all of the prescriptions and said to him, “I don’t know if I want to do this.” He felt the same way. So we decided that we would spend 1 week praying and talking with our family regarding the fertility, as this would be a big deal to them too. So we did, we talked with people who had one child and asked the pros and cons, we also talked to quite a few only children. As the week wore on, Matt and I truly felt that God was telling us not to take the fertility drugs. Matt and I obeyed! It was not an easy thing to trust Him with this, but we did.


On September 10, 2001, I had lunch with our babysitter and told her our decision. She prayed with me and said that God was in control and we were doing good by listening. She also suggested that I take the pills to start my cycle as it had been too long since I had one. So I went and bought a test and had that prescription filled.


At 5:50 a.m., September 11th, Matt woke me up and asked me to listen to the new that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. So I got up, went to the bathroom, and took my pregnancy test. As the radio announcer said, “Oh my god, another plane just hit the 2nd tower!” I was looking at a positive pregnancy test. I was stunned. I grabbed the phone and desperately tried to call Matt. After 20 minutes he called me and asked what was going on. I told him I was pregnant. He said, “No, in the news. WHAT?!”


I really tried not to get myself excited over the test, because they had been wrong before. So I waited until my doctor’s office was open and went in for a blood test. One hour later, I got a call that I was truly expecting. It was a miracle. I recited Hannah’s praise right there at work. I always say 9/11/2001 was a very bittersweet day for me.


In May of 2002, I gave birth to our son, Lucas James Williams. He was 6 lbs. 9 oz., and 20 inches long. Yes, he kind of looks like Matt with the blond hair and hazel eyes, and acts very much like Calvin (I now understand Calvin’s mom). He also wants to be a firefighter and join the military, something he has said since he was 4.


Hannah's Prayer


I want to now fast forward to October 2013. I had the opportunity to take a tour in Israel. Our guide took us to Ramah, where Hannah and Elkannah lived. They recently found Hannah’s spring. Now I know in 1st Samuel the prayer written down took place in Shiloh, but also being in the situation Hannah was in, I could see her praying at this spring, as other mother’s bathed their children. Close by was a fig tree, and I could see her with Samuel on her knee teaching him about God. I began to weep and shared my story with the group. God is so good, and He gave each of us a small glimpse into scripture that touched us to the very core of our being.

Sherry - Hannah's Prayer

What was even better, was 2 days later, our guide took us to Ancient Shiloh, where they are uncovering the site of the Tabernacle. This is the place where Hannah cried out to God for a son. This is where Eli told her prayer would come true. The best thing about this is the day we went to Ancient Shiloh, we had a new guide, and he didn’t know about what I spoke at Hannah’s spring. So I received a double blessing on my trip. Isn’t it amazing that God cares about us so much that He will give us a special glimpse into His word. A story that I’ve heard hundreds of times, yet it has taken on a new meaning. Even now, as I read the first two chapters of first Samuel, I can see Hannah praying at the Tabernacle, I can see her teaching Samuel and she weaned him. I can see him running around the fig tree.

Tree - Hannah's Prayer

I want you know that even if you are going through a time of longing for a child, God is in control. It may mean fertility treatment. It may mean a miracle like mine, and so many others. God is in every one of our stories. I beg of you, listen for God’s voice. Read his word. There are numerous stories like Hannah in the Old Testament.


This is a view of the Outer Court — at Ancient Shiloh.

This is a view of the Outer Court — at Ancient Shiloh.

I have added pictures of Hannah’s spring, the fig tree near the spring, and Ancient Shiloh, where the tabernacle sat for nearly 400 years. The big stone square is the sacrificial altar they are digging up.


A view of the inner court and Holiest of Holies — at Ancient Shiloh.

A view of the inner court and Holiest of Holies — at Ancient Shiloh.



Reminders Of Blessings Past

One year ago this morning I woke up with a headache. I was also pregnant and had JUST won the horrible battle that I fought with morning sickness.

I did all the typical things one does to cure a headache while pregnant. Hot showers, cold packs, tylenol, massage, and chocolate. After 6 days, I called my doctors. They assumed it to be a hormone fluctuation and gave me a stronger pain medication. The pain was so extreme and so exhausting that I would have rather gone through childbirth. At least I would know that with giving birth it would come to an end. I was beginning to think the headache would never go away.

Weeks later, nothing was changing. I was sent to a neurologist who tried nerve blocks. Talk about pain, that was awful. He sent me for an MRI, which found nothing. (My brain was normal, a shock to many. 😉 ) I tried going to a chiropractor, but the pain became worse after each treatment.

The final diagnosis was, well, they still weren’t sure. Doctors. Gotta love them. The assumption was that it had to be hormones.

All the while, I was praying. Even if it was just for the pain to let up a little if it couldn’t just go away. After 2 months, I had just resolved to live with it. I figured it would go away at childbirth and then I could get back to normal. Mind you, it was February and I wasn’t due until June. But I knew it had to come to an end.

One Saturday I decided to attend a Mini Ladies Retreat at my church. I was in a lot of pain, the lights were bright, and sitting up was very difficult. However, I was so glad to be there. At the end of the prayer service my pastor came back to where I was sitting, wrapped her arms around me, and prayed. I broke down crying. My head started tingling, then it became warm. Just like that, the pain was gone. My neck relaxed, my back was not tense. My face muscles were no longer strained. It was GONE!

I waited a few hours to tell anyone, just to be sure. But it was gone. Not coming back. For a few days I had little twinges here and there, but nothing more. I wanted to shout it from the roof tops! JESUS HEALED ME!!! In fact, I practically did shout it. More than once.

Ever since, whenever I have a slight headache I view it as Noah did the rainbow. A promise that I will NEVER have pain like that again. I pray it away and it really goes away, just like that.

What has God done for you in the past that you still rejoice over?


Young Love

Young Love
By: Diania Comstock
July, 1986

A boy and a girl ran off to wed
They didn’t expect what lied ahead
Happy and excited, though only sixteen
They had no idea what marriage could mean

A few months later, things started to change
The girl sat at home and the boy acted strange
Days went by when he wasn’t around
She began to wonder if it was new love he had found

The girl decided it’s time to get out
Then she learned what families are about
Soon she won’t be home all alone
In a few months, she’ll bring a new member home

She told the boy, she thought he’d be glad
He just started screaming, she knew he was mad
She won’t give up now, she decided to stay
If it was to work, she’d find a way

Times were hard and money was tight
But the girl was strong, she knew she was right
Months went by, she started to show
And now even Daddy was starting to glow

All he talked about was having a son
And he wanted to prove it to everyone
A year has passed since the new baby came
But this one didn’t get daddy’s name

Still running around and out having fun
This time she decided, we are done
She left him a letter with his ring beside it
It’s over this time, I’m not going to hide it

She thought of her mother, how she’d like to go home
But mother had told her you’re now on your own
Her friends couldn’t help her, they had their own life
And now she was sorry she became a wife

What would she do and where would she go
Just like before, she was starting to show
Now a mommy and still very young
She started to realize what she had done

Tears started falling, she tried not to cry
She thought of the boy, how could he lie
She went back home and found her man
There he sit with the ring in his hand

He started to kiss her, he thought she was gone
He told her he loved her and where she belonged
With life back in order and a home full of joy
The family will welcome their new little boy

Temptation and trust must fill the heart
Without the two, they’ll be torn apart
Love is something that needs to grow
Both husband and wife play a big role