Productive Pregnancy!

Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has chosen you for a great task ahead. He has honoured you with continuing the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) ummah. But these are not usually the dominating thoughts when you are pregnant, right?

The hormonal imbalance coupled with mood swings, frequent urination, headaches and back pain do not make pregnancy a good experience to cherish. Well, the truth is, you can choose to make pregnancy the most memorable and productive experience of your life, or you can spend it whining and crying.

Below are few tips to make pregnancy a joyous and productive experience of life, In sha Allah.

But before I jump into the tips, I invite you to bear in mind that there are four dimensions of human beings. We have a soul, a heart, a mind and a body which corresponds to our four basic needs: spiritual needs, emotional needs, mental and physical needs. In order to enjoy a productive and peaceful pregnancy in true sense of the words, these needs must be in harmony with each other.

Tips to Meet Your Physical Needs

This is one aspect of pregnancy that’s given all the attention. And sometimes this can lead to a very troubled pregnancy because our focus (and the focus of those around us) is directed only towards the physical aspect of pregnancy while the  other three spectrum of need are totally ignored. Since we already know much about the physical aspect, I’ll only touch upon it briefly.

  1. Every deficiency in food leads to some sort of trouble in the baby’s development. Have a balanced diet.
  2. Avoid processed food of all kinds. Get yourself on organic food.
  3. Sweet melon, honey, barley and grapefruit tend to aid pregnancy. Dates help a great deal in delivery, too (remember Maryam (may Allāh be pleased with her)?)
  4. Exercise. (Personally, I used to turn on my favorite lecture on my phone and walk for half an hour every day. Killing two birds with one stone.) Apart from that, some exercises aid in normal delivery. You must ask your doctor about it.
  5. Increase your physical activities. The more physically active you are, the easier would be the delivery.
  6. Get closer to the nature. Walk on the grass. Breathe in fresh air. Ponder over the signs of Allah (glorified and exalted be He).

Tips to Meet Your Spiritual Needs

  1. Never, never, never be ungrateful to Allah (glorified and exalted be He) for the pregnancy even if it was unplanned. He is the best of the planners. (Researches show that mothers who resented being pregnant had children with more emotional problems. You wouldn’t want your child to be emotionally unstable, right?)
  2. Prayer is the best form of meditation. It doesn’t just soothe you but also soothes your baby.
  3. Recite the entire Qur’an in your voice to your baby. A six-month-old fetus can move his body to the rhythm of his mother’s speech. What better gift could you give the baby than bonding him/her with the Kalam Allah even before his/her birth? Also by doing this, we can expect them to turn out righteous, pious, easy going and more religiously inclined In sha Allah. (Modern day researches have also proven that “music” has an effect on unborn children and that they are able to recognise it once they are born).
  4. Make istaghfaar. You wouldn’t want to have negative effects of your sins on your child. So be in the constant state of istaghfaar and make lots and lots of dua.
  5. Get connected with Allah (glorified and exalted be He) 24/7. He is your best friend. Keep talking to Him. Involve Him in your decisions. Make istikhara (which doctor to go to, which hospital to choose etc). Ask Him to grant you a safe delivery, a pious child and a happy life together as a family.

Have a happy pregnancy!

Source : ProductiveMuslim

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