I was reading this great article from Segulah magazine written by Lani T. Whitney entitled Small Sacrifice. (Click here to read article). She mentions some of the difficulties and sacrifices in being pregnant and some thoughts and lessons that came as a result.
I've had (and continue to have) the priveledge of being a father five times. My wife has gone through pregnancy that many times and I have gone right along with her. I remember the joy of that time in the Wilkenson Center when we called the hospital to get the result of the pregnancy test (This was before the at home tests). The knowlege that we were pregnant was overwhelming as we expressed our excitement at the bank of pay phones that used to be there before cell phones. People around us could see and hear our excitement although they didn't know the source. I imagine some grumpy worker there saying in a drone voice "Another couple excited to be pregnant!"
I remember back to times in our life where we would think with amazement that we had been pregnant more than not in our married life. Pregnancy didn't often strike me as an ideal situation however to have those pregnancies early in our marriage was the ideal time. Bodies were young, energy was high and ability to handle the juggling of many important things was at its peak. So I would encourage those with the choice to have their children when they are young.
When my wife was pregnant we would often think about the growth of that child and with amazement imagine what was growing and maturing at that point. We had occasion to lean, for instance, that the brain forms and then connects together in the first couple weeks of pregnancy (assuming my brain is remembering correctly). So much was happening every day that was truly amazing to produce a human being from such a little start.
I remember a few years later buying a book to talk about how babies were made with our young children. It was called A Child Is Born with pictures by Lennart Nilsson. That book was amazing. We could see so clearly what was happening as that child grew. It truly is amazing!