Tuesday, 04 October 2022

Truth-telling: Pregnancy Health Benefits

When we’re lovers of Jesus, we have the privilege of carrying His love and truth to others. We do that through ordinary circumstances of our ordinary lives stamped with a super-ordinary mission upon our souls. And we speak truth lovingly when the need arises.

 

In our culture today is a glaring mistruth -the misperception women have been told that aborting human life is a healthy choice.

If we truly care about the health of the women of the world and want what’s best for them, we’ll consider the total health of pregnant women. We can replace the emotional hoopla over the end of Roe vs. Wade’s unconstitutional provision for destroying babies’ lives with truth.

 

Here is the reality. Carrying a pregnancy to full term is natural and healthy for every woman unless a doctor clearly decrees her life is actually in danger. The benefits to completing a pregnancy are huge!

 

REDUCED RISK OF MS

Multiple sclerosis, which affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, may be on the rise — in part, experts think, because many women have fewer kids. But having a baby cuts your risk of developing this autoimmune disorder in half, according to a small Australian study. And each pregnancy offered even more protection, with mothers of four or more kids slashing their risk by an astonishing 95 percent. 

During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system adjusts to avoid attacking the baby, and experts think this lower immune activity may reduce the inflammation that causes nerve damage. After childbirth, some of your baby’s cells remain in your body and may keep immune-system activity — and MS risk — down. Although doctors used to advise women with MS not to have babies, they now believe pregnancy actually reduces the risk of a relapse.

A LOWER RISK OF STROKE

Stroke is a leading cause of death in women in the U.S., but one study found that postmenopausal women who breastfed were less likely to have a stroke than those who never breastfed. In fact, breastfeeding just one baby for at least six months can lower your risk of heart disease, as well as diabetes and high blood pressure.  One theory is the oxytocin released during nursing may have heart-healthy properties that ward off stroke.

LOWER RISK OF OVARIAN AND ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

The hormonal shifts that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding also protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer, and the more full-term pregnancies you have, the greater the benefit. Scientists are investigating how carrying a baby can reduce a woman’s risk of other cancers too. 

EASIER PERIODS

Good news for women with bad cramps: Having babies may bring you some relief in the long run. Many women find that their menstrual cramps are much less painful — or even nonexistent — after the birth of their first baby. 

 

MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

I can personally vouch for the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of women who continue with a pregnancy rather than abort their baby. Over my thirty years as a mental health practitioner I have counseled numerous women who had abortions. I only wish you could hear their stories of deep regret, particularly among those who have subsequently had families and then realized the enormity of their loss. The sense of loss can lead to depression, a form of post-partum blues that’s ongoing.

 

In conclusion, there are definite women’s health benefits for continuing with a pregnancy rather than aborting. This truth isn’t being spoken by radio, TV, or other social media so it must come from Christ’s truth tellers. But truth must be accompanied by compassion for any woman facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.

A baby can be inconvenient or, for whatever reason, a woman doesn’t feel capable of raising a child. Then adoption is a wonderful life-giving, self-nurturing choice. We can provide resources to help women go through pregnancy with support and then help them gift the baby through adoption to responsible parents. The women will get the health benefits of going through pregnancy. It’s a win-win situation.

God’s natural plan is always to do good and not harm. Let’s stop telling women abortion is in their best interest. It’s clearly not! I love all God’s people and want the very best for them.

I hope you will ponder these facts and be a truth teller with me. Let’s consider the TOTAL well-being and health of women.

The above info is from “Health Benefits of Pregnancy and Motherhood” by Maria Masters, Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Wu, M.D., F.A.C.O. G. on November 3, 2021.

 

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters,  He refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23

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Judith Rolfs Dr. Judith Rolfs
An author and professional marriage and family counselor, Judith focuses on motivating adults and children to live their best lives - emotionally, physically and spiritually. In her thirties, she researched the complexity of the natural world and moved from agnosticism to faith in Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She’s written how-to books for men and women's relationships, parenting skills, and devotionals like God’s Near and Jesus Time. Judith wrote the beloved Tommy Smurlee and Grella Weller mystery fantasy series to develop children's morality, creativity and imagination. Her books on triumphing over cancer evolved from her child’s experience. “Enjoy God and love well” is Judith's life motto. Visit her website at www.judithrolfs.com  

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