Seeing your baby’s ultrasound picture for the first time is an amazing experience. It’s like getting a sneak peek into your new growing child’s world. Oftentimes, mothers will stare at those photos for hours, picking apart all the facial features and making early decisions regarding who the baby resembles.
Suddenly, that baby is no longer a stranger and there is a photo to go along with the growing miracle inside the mother’s body. Months after the image was processed, mothers can still be found staring at it in awe.
For anyone who had a baby before the mid-1950s, the accessibility to an ultrasound photo of a baby in the womb is like a foreign language, as the high frequency technique involving sound waves, has only been around since then.
Mothers today have it made when it comes to having a nice little souvenir of their growing baby.
One mother is so proud of her baby’s ultrasound photo that she is sharing it with the world. But, she has a good reason for her excitement…she believes that the black and white photo contains an image of Jesus on the cross.
New mom, Allie Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, has a reason for her exciting discovery in the ultrasound image. Meyer has Crohn’s disease and she has been very worried about the condition affecting her and the baby during pregnancy, so she has taking this image as a sign of comfort and reassurance.
Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes the intestines to become swollen. It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Due to the severity of the disease, if not tended to, the intestines may also develop ulcers.
Symptoms of the disease are: stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss. In turn, these symptoms causes additional swelling in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis is another condition that falls under IBD issues.
At this time, there are 1.6 million Americans who have the Crohn’s disease and the majority of them were diagnosed before the age of 35 years old.
Due to the fact that the disease is chronic and there is no cure for it, oftentimes, a person has to face several years being victim to the disease that can be treated with medication and carefully moderating food intake.
The medication that is used to treat the disease is designed to suppress the immune system’s abnormal inflammatory response that is causing the symptoms.
Suppressing inflammation not only offers relief from common symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and pain, it also allows your intestinal tissues to heal.
So, as someone who has been suffering with the disease for a long time, Meyer has learned to appreciate the little things that comfort her during the pregnancy process, and the image of Jesus on the cross may be just what she needed to ease some of her worry.
Any mom who has gone through a worrisome pregnancy, can appreciate Meyer’s source of comfort.
And maybe it will ease some worry for pregnant moms in the world who have their own fears about their baby’s development.