Pregnancy is a beautiful period of life for every woman. It is said that when a woman is pregnant, her center of life becomes the child she’s about to give birth to. Her thoughts are riveted, her happiness is centered and she may never find the same feeling in experiences of life elsewhere. It is indeed a difficult period for every woman yet she cherishes every moment of it and that’s about right to conclude the beauty of it. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) provided immense guidance for the believers. Just as every aspect of life, the Quran and our Prophet (PBUH) have the best in terms of guidance for pregnancy.
Islam recognizes having children as one of the blessings of Allah (SWT). This proactive approach simply highlights the very fact that our religion is the complete code of life. It is said that Allah provides us with Rizq, prosperity, and health. All of these are eternal blessings of Allah and having children certainly falls under the umbrella of having happiness and prosperity in life. It is Sunnah to announce the arrival of your child, while our Prophet (PBUH) also laid emphasis on specific practices that are absolutely beneficial for you and your children.
The following Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH) are relevant and extremely beneficial to women during pregnancy
1. Follow the footsteps of the mother of Hazrat Maryam (AS)
Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing to follow the footsteps of the blessed mother who gave birth to Hazrat Maryam (AS)? When she was expecting, she made a dua that Quranic mentions in the following verse: (Mention, O Muhammad), when the wife of ‘Imran said: My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated (for Your service), so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing. (Surah Aal Imran: 35)
This du’a helps a woman renew her intention every day that her baby would be a pious servant of Allah (SWT). It invokes a positive energy to strengthen the bond between your child and Allah.
2. If you are expecting a baby, keep it a discreet knowledge
It is always better to keep the news private and only among close relatives. It’s a general principle that people should follow. You must only give the news to the people you expect to receive the best wishes and prayers. Hence, it wards off the evil eye and keeps one’s envious feelings at an arm’s length. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) regards it in the following words: “Be discreet in order to achieve what you want, for everyone who is blessed is envied.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani and Abu Nu’aym; classed as sahaah by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 943
3. Always be grateful for it
Children are gifts by Allah to His creations. Being grateful especially during the times when it gets really difficult to cope up with pregnancy. It is mentioned in the Quran, “…His mother carried him, (increasing her) in weakness upon weakness…” (Surah Luqman: 14), “…His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship…” (Surah al-Ahqaf: 15) Resorting to patience and keeping up with all kinds of sensation is certainly rewarding.
4. When soul enters your baby
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once said, “Each one of you is constituted in the womb of the mother for forty days, and then he becomes a clot of thick blood for a similar period, and then a piece of flesh for a similar period. Then Allah sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is ordered to write down his deeds, his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will be blessed or wretched (in religion). Then the soul is breathed into him…” (Sahih Bukhari)
In relation to this Hadith, it is confirmed that the fetus embraces the soul at around 120 days of gestation, that’s the second trimester. Once you enter this period, you must make dua frequently and diligently.
5. Allah has allowed a maternity leave for every pregnant woman
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Allah has relieved the traveler of half of the prayer and of the duty to fast, and He has relieved pregnant and nursing mothers (of the duty to fast).” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)
There is not a religion that is more practical and easy than Islam. Certainly, everyday life is sacred and during a condition where sickness or weakness or other complications don’t make it suitable to fast then leaving the fast is always the right thing to do. However, remembering to keep on some other day where you feel better and healthy is necessary.
It’s a pretty amazing realisation that Islam acknowledges it and presents it in a simple, practical and logical way. We are simply glad to be Muslims because our beautiful religion has made life easier and simpler for us.