Pregnancy is one of the greatest blessings of Allah (SWT). The moment you get to know that you are pregnant, it changes your whole life. Your life is centered around your baby even before his/her birth. Though pregnancy is a difficult journey every woman embraces it with love and with an open heart. Our beloved prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم has provided immense guidance for every aspect of life. Likewise, there are some sunnahs during pregnancy. It is extremely beneficial for a pregnant woman to follow these Sunnahs.
List of Sunnahs During Pregnancy
1. KEEP THE PREGNANCY PRIVATE:
Pregnancy is indeed good news and we would love to share it with everyone we know but it’s better to keep the news private at least till the bump is evident. Disclose the news to only those from whom you expect to receive best wishes and prayers. Hence, it keeps the evil eye away!
Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم 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
2. BE GRATEFUL:
Allah (SWT) has blessed you with the utmost blessing. Be grateful to him and keep thanking him all the time. The first trimester is difficult for some women because of nausea and vomiting. It seems like forever but it is temporary. Don’t let the sickness get over you and keep thanking Allah Almighty in any situation of yours.
Know that Allah (SWT) will not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. These days of exhaustion will pass and the reward of them is immense!
3. PRAYING WHEN THE SOUL ENTERS THE BABY:
Narrated by Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him), The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
Verily each one of you is brought together in his mother’s womb for forty days in the form of a drop of fluid (nutfah), then it is a clinging object for a similar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. The angel is then sent to him and he breathes into him the spirit. He is also commanded to issue four decrees: to record his sustenance, his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be unhappy (by entering Hell) or happy (by entering Paradise).
According to this hadith, when the age of the fetus reaches 120 days, i.e., 4 months the soul is breathed into it and it is no longer a fetus but a human being in existence. Also as narrated above, decrees relating to his worldly life are issued during this period. So make lots and lots dua to Allah (SWT) to grant your baby a happy life with unwavering faith and to keep him steadfast on deen throughout his life.
4. RECITE QUR’AN TO YOUR BABY:
By around 16 weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s ability to listen develops and he can hear your voice. So consider it an opportunity to make him listen to the melodious Qur’an. Recite the Qur’an to him daily and also listen to the Qur’an when you are not able to read it.
This will help the baby get familiar with the book of Allah SWT. I used to listen and recite Surah Rahman extensively when I was pregnant with Bilal. And after his birth, whenever Surah Rahman was played he would listen attentively and also it sometimes stopped his crying.
Also, science has now proven that listening to the Qur’an during pregnancy has immense positive effects on the baby. So try to recite as much Qur’an as possible for you and your little one!
5. GATHER KNOWLEDGE:
Make most of this time and focus on learning methods to raise your baby in this modern world. Read books or listen to lectures of various scholars regarding the sunnah and halal ways of parenting. It is important to inculcate the love of Allah and his prophet (peace be upon him) in our children from the tender age, especially in this modern era.
Also, if you are a first-time mom and have no experience of babies whatsoever, try reading up the ways to take care of newborns, things essential for them and other important stuff. The upbringing of a baby is the responsibility entrusted by Allah SWT on us parents and we need to do our best in fulfilling it.
6. THINK POSITIVELY AND DO NOT STRESS:
Keep stress at a bay in this crucial period and always think positively. Your mental condition will have a direct effect on your baby so try to be calm in every situation.
When a stressful situation arises, resort to salah and zikr. As Allah (SWT) mentions in the Holy Qur’an:
Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.(Qur’an 13: 28)
Do lots and lots of zikr of Allah SWT, do istighfar and send blessings on our beloved prophet Muhammad ﷺ throughout the 9 months of pregnancy!
7. MAKE LOTS OF DUA:
The supplications of a pregnant woman are always answered, so make most of this opportunity and make dua to Allah SWT to grant you a healthy and righteous child and also for his bright future.
Make a list of important duas and supplicate to Al-Mujeeb, the fulfiller of prayers!
May Allah (SWT) make your pregnancy easy and grant you a pious child. Aameen!