a prayer for morning sickness

Morning sickness is awful. At best it’s a nuisance for a few weeks; at worst it’s debilitating for months. I’ve had both scenarios, so my sympathies leap out to any expectant mother who suffers – and longs for a prayer during these hardest times.

I’ve written ad nauseam (ha) about morning sickness: “In Which We Are All – Begrudgingly – Images of God.”

Morning sickness also shows up in my book Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting:

You are a whisper of a whirl curled up deep in my belly. The hormonal soup in which you swim makes me nauseous at all hours of the day. I choke down crackers when I wake, throw up in the sink before breakfast, and pull over at gas stations to get sick on the drive to work. I collapse on the couch before sunset most evenings, too tired to drag myself to bed.

I am three months pregnant. This is my body, given for you.

Read more of Everyday Sacrament here…

But this time through the twists and turns of all-day sickness?

I realized I had never written a prayer for it.

So here’s my meager offering – in solidarity with women who know too well the words hyperemesis gravidarum, who stop keeping track of how many times they threw up today, who know the sacrifice is worth it but still struggle to get through every nauseous hour.

A Prayer for Morning Sickness

Lord, have mercy.
When I feel so wretched all day long,
sick and tired from sunrise to sunset,
pull me from the pit of my despair.
Let me remember those
who live with sickness, pain, and discomfort
every day of their lives,
not just for nine months.
Forgive my complaints, Lord.
and help me bear my suffering.

Christ, have mercy.
When each day feels endless,
dragging and depressing as I find no relief,
lead me into the hope of your resurrection.
Let me remember those
who wish today would last forever,
like those saying goodbye to a loved one.
Forgive my impatience, Lord.
and help me bear my waiting.

Lord, have mercy.
When I fear that I will never again feel well,
draw me into the light of your healing love.
Let me remember my child –
the one for whom I suffer,
the one for whom I wait,
the one I already love.
Let me give thanks for the life of my baby,
even in my moments of darkness and despair.
Help me remember that You will never abandon us,
that we are always held in the embrace of your love.

Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

A Prayer for Morning Sickness © 2015 Laura Kelly Fanucci can be found in this e-book of Prayers for Pregnancy, now available from Mothering Spirit.

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11 Comments

  1. Natalie on 7 December 2015 at 7:14 am

    Thank you! Pregnancy no. 2 here, and morning sickness is lasting longer than pregnancy no. 1. 🙁 It comes out of nowhere, and I don’t know how to get through the moment. No. 1 wants to go outside, and I want to lay on the couch. I make dinner only to eat a bowl of cereal. But the reminder that this will not last forever, that others suffer with physical heath every day with no relief, and some that wish this day to last forever are a perfect reminder for today.

    And from a previous post; I also LOVE being pregnant during Advent. No. 1 was a secret to everyone but me and my husband during the Advent season and it was so special and exciting as we sat grinning in the pews. This time around everyone knows, but still the waiting with Mary draws me in every time.

    • bill bannon on 11 December 2015 at 7:14 pm

      All you santly mothers who are now in Heaven, pray for every pregnant mom on earth in every country …and Natalie of course.

  2. Cassandra avila on 21 February 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you for this sweet prayer. Ive been full of anxiety. Pregnancy number 4. I miscarried my third one at 12 weeks about 5 months ago. It ended terrible , needed 3 blood transfusions. I can’t find peace in this pregnancy. I have fears of the same thing happening I am 5 weeks and can’t cope. Lord give me strength.

  3. Katherine Grimm Bowers on 21 April 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you for this. This is my third pregnancy of severe first trimester nausea and fatigue (fortunately never crossing into HG) and the despair is always waiting as I drag myself through the days. I’ve been trying to understand morning sickness spiritually, and this prayer made me cry tears of recognition. Thank you so much.

  4. Angela on 2 May 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this prayer! I’ve been saying it all day( along with my sickness) this is my second pregnancy. First one I was nauseous too but this one by far is the winner for making mommy the most sick! It helps to read all the other moms comments, you really do feel alone sometimes like you’re the only one going thru this.

  5. latangie stewart on 11 May 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I’m currently dealing with morning sickness to the point I want to terminate my pregnancy but every since I began to pray to God he has eased my pain

    • motheringspirit on 24 May 2018 at 11:42 am

      Praying hard for you!! I have suffered through HG (hyperemesis gravidarum – extreme morning sickness) through my pregnancies, and I know it is such terrible suffering. I hope that you can find support from health care professionals and friends/family to make it through each day, hour by hour, to care for you and your baby!

  6. Bird on 11 September 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I say this prayer everyday. I’m almost 11 weeks pregnant and I have just been feeling so ill recently and seems like relief is nowhere in site. I’m stressed, emotional and most of the time I feel like I’m not strong enough to continue with this pregnancy. I’m also a very thin women who can’t afford to loose weight. It’s been extremely hard. I pray for everyone who is currently suffering.

  7. Lisa on 15 February 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Amen! Thank you so much for this prayer. I’ve never felt weaker in my life. This prayer helped me to understand the suffering a bit more and to see some honor in what I’m going through vs pity.

  8. Moira on 25 April 2021 at 1:19 am

    What a wonderful prayer. My daughter in law is having terrible morning sickness with her second child. She has no faith. So I am saying this prayer for her.

  9. mommy of 4 on 5 November 2021 at 12:11 pm

    this is my 4 th pregnancy and i went through HG with my other 3 i been so ill i’m just starting my career but i can’t even make it to work bc i feel so weak sick and just dragging myself i almost ended my pregnancy bc i felt so ill it drains the life out of me i haven’t had my first doctor visit yet bc i’m too sick to even go to find a doctor that’s accepting patients and not all booked up my fiancé has been calling doctors for me but it’s so hard for me to get up and even go do the proof of pregnancy i will be praying this prayer more often i hope this gives me ease

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