The language used to describe Mary’s condition in the days and hours leading up to His birth was she was “great with child.” Obviously this meant she was full term or she had carried Him for about 38 weeks from the time of conception. The scriptures do not elucidate the emotions she might have experienced as she reached the time of her delivery. There were a lot of unknowns. The quintessential expectant mother really didn’t know what to expect. Had this young and tender virgin ever witnessed a birth? It was usually a midwife or someone who had gone through the birthing experience that assisted in a delivery, so that would exclude her. Did she have morning sickness early in the pregnancy? In this last trimester was she having lower back pains? Were her feet swollen because she was retaining water? Was she having difficulty sleeping because the infant was pressing on the walls of her uterus in an effort to descend into her birth canal? Is it irreverent to ask was she irritable, exhausted and frustrated with the “gotta go, gotta go” syndrome? We assume she was immune to these prenatal discomforts since she was the mother of the Immaculate One. I don’t think her unprecedented conception exempted her from the legacy of Eve. The first mention of pain in scripture is associated with childbirth. “I will multiply your pain in childbirth and you will give birth in pain.” It would seem logical since she is giving birth to the Savior that will relieve the pain of all who suffer, that she would be spared. Logical yes but not likely.
“Great with child” not only describes the largeness of her belly, but that she was carrying the greatest promise ever personified. His birth weight cannot be measured in ounces since He was “the fullness of the godhead bodily; the eternal weight of glory.” Let’s turn this diamond of truth and see another facet. A peasant girl was pregnant with preeminence which gives the term “great with child” broader meaning. There are similarities between Mary’s conception, gestation and delivery and His birth in us. I am sure to suggest that seems reprehensible since she was a virgin. We were void of any virtue when He was conceived in our spiritual womb. Nevertheless, when you were overshadowed from above, the Holy One was conceived within you. You, too, may have dealt with unknowns for months as you awaited His appearing in your life. As He is growing within you, the aforementioned discomforts you experienced are bringing a delivery that will deliver you. Do you awaken some days with emotional nausea? Is the weight of what you are carrying back breaking? Experiencing periods of insomnia and irritability? Feeling intense internal pressure? He is taking form in you in the same way He was formed in her. The pain of the pregnancy is proof that His eminence is imminent. He is pressing through you to reveal Himself through you. You are great with child.