Yesterday I read a short story on social media about an elephant and a dog who both fell pregnant at the same time. Three months later, the dog gave birth to a litter of eight puppies. Another six months down the line, the dog fell pregnant again, giving birth to a dozen puppies. This pattern continued, with no apparent change for the elephant.

After 20 months, the dog grew concerned, and approached the elephant, asking, “Are you sure you are pregnant?”

The elephant responded with great insight, “What I am carrying is not a puppy, but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration. So, what I am carrying is mighty and great.”

This story, reflecting a true depiction of an elephant’s gestation period and purpose, can provide us with some incredible encouragement when it comes to fertility and conceiving. I’ve been there. I know it is tough when you see others’ prayers answered in what seems like record time. Don’t lose faith. You cannot compare your journey to another’s. Remind yourself that your time is coming. Your testimony is on its way, and when it hits the surface of the earth, others will yield in admiration.

You may also be interested in reading a bit about our infertility story.

Author: Kerry Belgrove

Kerry Belgrove is a qualified Speech-Language Therapist who graduated top of her class at the University of Stellenbosch, receiving special recognition awards for best student in academic, clinical and research work. She has gained clinical experience in a number of different health, education and private settings, but it is with the establishment of her own private practice that her passion for serving the paediatric population truly flourished. As a health professional, wife, and mom-to-be, Kerry is inspired to offer her expertise in helping parents through all walks of life.

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