Pregnancy prayer quotes

Islamic Prayers During Pregnancy

Compiled by Dilshad Ali

Pregnancy for a Muslim woman is one of the holiest times of her life–a time when the Qur’an says that all angels will make repentance on her for behalf, when Allah will, for each day of her pregnancy, write for her 1,000 good deeds and erase from her 1,000 bad deeds. The virtues of pregnancy abound throughout Islamic scripture, with specific prayers designated from the time of conception through delivery as well as prayers to help a woman conceive and ones for having a healthy, beautiful, and God-fearing child.

Having successfully delivered three children through difficult pregnancies and having endured a few miscarriages, I often turned to Muslim prayers (or du’as) and read specific passages from the Qur’an to help ensure the best pregnancy and delivery possible. Click through the following collection of prayers to see just a taste of all the comfort and support Islam offers a pregnant woman.

Read the first Islamic prayer for expectant mothers…

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“It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells… to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin.”
― Dave Barry


“When you took me from the witch trial at Cranesmuir–you said then that you would have died with me, you would have gone to the stake with me, had it come to that!”

He grasped my hands, fixing me with a steady blue gaze.

“Aye, I would,” he said. “But I wasna carrying your child.”

The wind had frozen me; it was the cold that made me shake, I told myself. The cold that took my breath away.

“You can’t tell,” I said, at last. “It’s much too soon to be sure.”

He snorted briefly, and a tiny flicker of amusement lit his eyes.

“And me a farmer, too! Sassenach, ye havena been a day late in your courses, in all the time since ye first took me to your bed. Ye havena bled now in forty-six days.”

“You bastard!” I said, outraged. “You counted! In the middle of a bloody war, you counted!”

“Didn’t you?”

“No!” I hadn’t; I had been much too afraid to acknowledge the possibility of the thing I had hoped and prayed for so long, come now so horribly too late.

“Besides,” I went on, trying still to deny the possibility, “that doesn’t mean anything. Starvation could cause that; it often does.”

He lifted one brow, and cupped a broad hand gently beneath my breast.

“Aye, you’re thin enough; but scrawny as ye are, your breasts are full–and the nipples of them gone the color of Champagne grapes. You forget,” he said, “I’ve seen ye so before. I have no doubt–and neither have you.”

I tried to fight down the waves of nausea–so easily attributable to fright and starvation–but I felt the small heaviness, suddenly burning in my womb. I bit my lip hard, but the sickness washed over me.

Jamie let go of my hands, and stood before me, hands at his sides, stark in silhouette against the fading sky.

“Claire,” he said quietly. “Tomorrow I will die. This child…is all that will be left of me–ever. I ask ye, Claire–I beg you–see it safe.”

Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

“Kev,” Win said calmly, stepping forward, “I would like to talk to you about something.”

Merripen, attentive as always to his wife, gave her a frowning glance. “Now?”

“Yes, now.”

“Can’t it wait?”

“No,” Win said equably. At his continued hesitation, she said, “I’m expecting.”

Merripen blinked. “Expecting what?”

“A baby.”

They all watched as Merripen’s face turned ashen. “But how …” he asked dazedly, nearly staggering as he headed to Win.

“How?” Leo repeated. “Merripen, don’t you remember that special talk we had before your wedding night?” He grinned as Merripen gave him a warning glance. Bending to Win’s ear, Leo murmured, “Well done. But what are you going to tell him when he discovers it was only a ploy?”

“It’s not a ploy,” Win said cheerfully.

Leo’s smile vanished, and he clapped a hand to his forehead. “Christ,” he muttered. “Where’s my brandy?” And he disappeared into the house.

“I’m sure he meant to say ‘congratulations,’ ” Beatrix remarked brightly, following the group as they all went inside.”

Lisa Kleypas, Tempt Me at Twilight

“The Vatican won’t prosecute pedophile priests but I decide I’m not ready for motherhood and it’s condemnation for me? These are the same people that won’t support national condom distribution that PREVENTS teenage pregnancy.”
― Sonya Renee Taylor


“When you’re pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers and disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep it close enough for comfort. That’s the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don’t even realize how much you were missing one.”

Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

“A mother does not become pregnant in order to provide employment to medical people. Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males. It is a woman’s crowning creative experience of a lifetime.”
― John Stevenson


“I am entirely capable.”

“Of what, waddling up to someone and ruthlessly bumping into them?”

Gail Carriger, Heartless

“Juno MacGuff: Nah… I mean, I’m already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into? ”

Diablo Cody, Juno: The Shooting Script

“Of course I can do this. I’m pregnant, not brain-damaged. My condition doesn’t change my personality.”

Christine Feehan, Ruthless Game

“The condom broke. I know how stupid that sounds. It’s the reproductive version of the dog ate my homework.”

Jennifer Weiner, Little Earthquakes

“When you moved, I felt squeezed with a wild infatuation and protectiveness. We are one. Nothing, not even death, can change that.”

Suzanne Finnamore, The Zygote Chronicles

“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”

Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

“From her thighs, she gives you life

And how you treat she who gives you life

Shows how much you value the life given to you by the Creator.

And from seed to dust

There is ONE soul above all others —

That you must always show patience, respect, and trust

And this woman is your mother.

And when your soul departs your body

And your deeds are weighed against the feather

There is only one soul who can save yours

And this woman is your mother.

And when the heart of the universe

Asks her hair and mind,

Whether you were gentle and kind to her

Her heart will be forced to remain silent

And her hair will speak freely as a separate entity,

Very much like the seaweed in the sea —

It will reveal all that it has heard and seen.

This woman whose heart has seen yours,

First before anybody else in the world,

And whose womb had opened the door

For your eyes to experience light and more —

Is your very own MOTHER.

So, no matter whether your mother has been cruel,

Manipulative, abusive, mentally sick, or simply childish

How you treat her is the ultimate test.

If she misguides you, forgive her and show her the right way

With simple wisdom, gentleness, and kindness.

And always remember,

That the queen in the Creator’s kingdom,

Who sits on the throne of all existence,

Is exactly the same as in yours.

And her name is,

THE DIVINE MOTHER.”

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Contemplations on the belly

When pregnant with our first, Dean and I attended a child birth class. There were about 15 other couples, all 6-8 months pregnant, just like us. As an introduction, the teacher asked us to each share what had been our favorite part of pregnancy and least favorite part. I was surprised by how many of the men and women there couldn’t name a favorite part. When it was my turn, I said, “My least favorite has been the nausea, and my favorite is the belly.”

We were sitting in the back of the room, so it was noticeable when several heads turned to get a look at me. Dean then spoke. “Yeah, my least favorite is that she was sick, and my favorite is the belly too.”

Now nearly every head turned to gander incredulously at the freaky couple who actually liked the belly.

Dean and I laughed about it later, but we were sincere. The belly is cool. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an unmistakable sign of what’s going on inside, the wigwam for our little squirmer, the mark of my undeniable superpower of baby-making. I loved the belly and its freaky awesomeness, and especially the flutters, kicks, and bumps from within.

Twins belly is a whole new species. I marvel at the amazing uterus within and skin without with their unceasing ability to stretch (Reed Richards would be impressed). I still have great admiration for the belly, but I also fear it. Sometimes I wonder if I should build a shrine to it, light some incense, offer up gifts in an attempt both to honor it and avoid its wrath. It does seem more like a mythic monstrosity you’d be wise not to awaken than a bulbous appendage. It had NEEDS. It has DEMANDS. It will not be taken lightly (believe me, there’s nothing light about it). I must give it its own throne, lying sideways atop a cushion, or it will CRUSH MY ORGANS. This belly is its own creature, is subject to different laws of growth and gravity. No, it’s not a cute belly, not a benevolent belly. It would have tea with Fin Fang Foom; it would shake hands with Cthulhu. It’s no wonder I’m so restless at night, having to sleep with one eye open.

Nevertheless, I honor you, belly, and the work you do to protect and grow my two precious daughters inside. Truly, they must be even more powerful than you to keep you enslaved to their needs. It’s quite clear that out of all of us, I’m certainly not the one in control. I am here to do your bidding, belly and babies. I am your humble servant.”

Shannon Hale

“$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding.”
― Frank Oski


“You can hear now. Your inner ear is formed.

I shout “I love you” into the bedroom. Then I feel stupid. Then I don’t. This is pretty much the story of my life.”

Suzanne Finnamore, The Zygote Chronicles

“That first pregnancy is a long sea journey to a country where you don’t know the language, where land is in sight for such a long time that after a while it’s just the horizon – and then one day birds wheel over that dark shape and it’s suddenly close, and all you can do is hope like hell that you’ve had the right shots. ”

Emily Perkins, Novel About My Wife

“You pass as a guy; I, as pregnant. Our waiter cheerfully tells us about his family, expresses delight in ours. On the surface, it may have seemed as though your body was becoming more and more “male,” mine, more and more “female.” But that’s not how it felt on the inside. On the inside, we were two human animals undergoing transformations beside each other, bearing each other loose witness. In other words, we were aging.”

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

“Pregnancy seems designed to prepare you for life as a mother. You start making sacrifices nine months before the child is born, so by the time they put in an appearance you are used to giving things up for them.”

Brett Kiellerop-Morris, My Big Fat Gay Life

“Your husband may not be a wealth of pregnancy information, but he is a wealth of ‘you’ information. He probably knows you better than anyone else in this world (which means he understands your current neediness pretty well). He also probably loves you more than anyone else in this world. So, while he may not be the person to turn to if you need to know how to soothe breast tenderness, he’s the perfect person to turn to when you need a hand to hold.”

Erin MacPherson, The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy

“They’re spreading out. Look unaware and sweet and innocent.

It’s a little hard to look innocent when I’m as big as a house.”

Christine Feehan, Ruthless Game

“WARD: I’ll be home in time for dinner, honey.

JUNE: Alright—I’m pregnant—Have a fine day at work, dear.

WARD exits… WARD reenters.

JUNE: Did you forget something, dear?

WARD: What did you say?

JUNE: I asked if you’d forgotten anything—”

Benjamin R. Smith, June Cleaver Sexual Deviant

“After a good roll in the hay, when he’s all peaceful and serene and he hasn’t a worry or a care in the world, and the euphoric calm of release is drifting through his cerebrum, that’s when you broadside him with the cold cruel fact that his life as he knows it is over!”

Benjamin R. Smith, June Cleaver Sexual Deviant

“How is it that you’re such an expert on home pregnancy kits?”

You’re asking that question of an Italian stallion like myself? The women call me ‘sperm of thunder’. I don’t dare stand too close for fear I may impregnate them with just a whiff of my manhood.”

Jill Smolinski, The Next Thing on My List

“Today you are thirteen weeks old and already controversial. You should know that the mention of the name Pablo is alarming to a very few, highly insignificant people. From this palsied paction there is occasionally the slightest pause, and then, ‘Oh, really. Pablo.’ Then with a small, self-depreciating chuckle, they might tilt their heads playfully and say something like ‘Aren’t you afraid people will think he’s Mexican?’

… I find it amusing when they balk at Pablo, as though we were naming you Jesus H. Christ and jamming our nails into your hands. They seem to feel your name is up for general discussion, like naming a local bridge or a stray cat.

Hmmm. Mr. Whiskers? I don’t like Mr. Whiskers. I like the name Blackie.’

Aren’t you afraid people will think he’s black?”

Suzanne Finnamore, The Zygote Chronicles

“You see, there is a major downfall to living in a tourist town. You guessed it, the constant turnover of new people. You cannot really connect with anyone because no one is ever here for more than two weeks every year, if they comeback at all. The intruders never thought about what happens once they leave. ~ Stella”

Michele Richard, Mocked by Destiny

“I’m not this unusual,” she said. “It’s just my hair.”

She looked at Bobby and she looked at me, with an expression at once disdainful and imploring. She was forty, pregnant, and in love with two men at once. I think what she could not abide was the zaniness of her life. Like many of us, she had grown up expecting romance to bestow dignity and direction.

“Be brave,” I told her. Bobby and I stood before her, confused and homeless and lacking a plan, beset by an aching but chaotic love that refused to focus in the conventional way. Traffic roared behind us. A truck honked its hydraulic horn, a monstrous, oceanic sound. Clare shook her head, not in denial but in exasperation. Because she could think of nothing else to do, she began walking again, more slowly, toward the row of trees.”

Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World

“If you are a girl, I don’t think you should necessarily become a lesbian, although if the idea appeals to you, I wouldn’t say anything against it. I wouldn’t try to stop you. Men can be obstinate and difficult to live with. Unlike myself, a perfectly reasonable woman unless shown a bag in which I am to place my vomit.

IF you are a boy, I apologize.”

Suzanne Finnamore, The Zygote Chronicles


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Expecting, Pregnant, With Child, In the family way, A most exciting time!

With doctor’s appointments, an expanding abdomen, ultrasounds, and baby showers, the focus of baby’s development is dominated by her physical growth. But she is progressing more than that. Just as her body grows daily in your womb, so her spirit is learning from the Lord.

We all know the promises of Psalm 139, but the Bible contains many more assurances for unborn children. Father is intricately involved in the development of your child. He is the giver of life, forming and protecting her.

The following is certainly not an exhaustive list but comprises of scriptures that will encourage a pregnant mother. They demonstrate the God has his hand on your baby while she is in the womb. You might like to pray through these verses as you are pregnant and claim these promises. Whether you are mother-to-be, grandmother-to-be, Aunty-to-be, or happy friend, your prayers make a difference in her tiny life.

The Gift of Life

After all, God is the one who gave life to each of us before we were born (Job 31:15, CEV).

God is the giver of life. Life is not the result of chance. It is not an accident or fluke. Life comes about because God gives. He grants life to each baby before birth. Your baby has been filled with his life.

Commissioned by Heaven

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).

Baby has a destiny. More than that, she is commissioned by heaven. She is set apart to declare the Lord’s plan to the nations. She is known by the Almighty and marked for him. She is chosen and loved. A pregnant woman does not carry just another baby, she carries one appointed by the Lord for greatness.

Formed by the Lord in the Womb

This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself (Isaiah 44:24 NIV).

Father sees baby in the womb. He listens to her heartbeat. He shapes her delicate parts and forms her perfectly. There is no need to worry about deformities or abnormalities. His hands gently mould her beautiful life, body and spirit.

Wonderfully Complex

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:16 MSG).

Every part of baby’s body fits together perfectly. All the intricate and complex parts, fashioned by God. Her whole body is healthy, growing, and full of love. I especially like that she is full of love. As her body is formed, God says that he is also filling her with love. More than anything, I want my children to be full of love. I don’t know about you, but it is the most important part of growth to me.

Taught of the Lord 

I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace (Isaiah 54:13 NLT).

But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there (Psalm 51:6 NLT).

God is the ultimate teacher. He teaches us our entire life, beginning in the womb. Father teaches babies wisdom even there. Though humans are born with a sinful nature, God gets a head start by teaching children his ways in the womb. Your baby is wise with the Lord’s wisdom the minute she pops out. Wow! And a by product of learning from the Lord is great peace. Baby is peaceful. What mother does not want that?

Filled with the Holy Spirit

At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke1:41 NLT).

If Elizabeth was filled with the Spirit, her womb was too. No wonder John was such a powerhouse, he was soaked in the Spirit before he was born. Just as the Spirit bathed John, your baby is surrounded immersed in the presence of God. The Holy Spirit is intimately acquainted with her already. How awesome!

Sheltered with His Wings

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection (Psalm 91:1-4 NLT).

Lastly, baby is sheltered in the wings and feathers of the Lord. Baby is cradled in soft, beautiful feathers of protection. The womb is a safe place, a cocoon of protection. Protected from every deadly disease. Safe from harm. No wonder some babies never want to leave (well, at least my babies)! The womb is the ideal place for baby to flourish. Growing in stature, and growing in spirit, from the moment of conception.

Sarah Coleman is author of Expecting Daily Pregnancy Devotion and Make Yourself Amazing. You will find more of her encouraging thoughts on sarahcoleman.com.au.

Publication date: May 22, 2014

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