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Please advise on what one should eat or not eat for pregnancy according to sunnah.

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Also acts which are recommended or that which one should refrain from during pregnancy. I have heard that the Nabie (SAW) has encouraged the eating of melons when pregnant – Is this sweet melons or water-melons?


Jazakallah for the question which you have submitted to the institute.

There are many beautiful virtues and rewards for being pregnant. It is
mentioned in a hadith that Nabi (salallaahu alayhi wassallam) is reported to
have said, ” Does it not please you (O woman) that when you conceive from
your husband while he is pleased with you, then that woman will receive such
a reward equal to that of a fasting person in the path of Allah Ta’ala and
spending the night in ibaadah…..”

Eat coconut to reduce vomiting in early pregnancy.
Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wassallam) recommended that a pregnant lady should
eat sweet melons, good pure healthy foods in moderation and dates. Dates
should be eaten throughout the pregnancy but especially during the latter
part of the pregnancy. Dates are effective for the growth of the foetus,
strengthen the muscles of the uterus, help with the dilatation of the uterus
during labour and also help reduce bleeding after delivery. Dates also
enrich breast milk. Grapefruit is a cure for all illness and also assists
with milk production. A glass of grapefruit every morning is excellent.

Also keep in mind that vitamins in the form of fresh fruit and vegetables
will help in keeping you strong and healthy. Try to eat dark green leafy
vegetables and prunes to prevent constipation and to control anaemia. A
well balanced diet with all the essential nutrients should be maintained
throughout the pregnancy.

Moderate exercise is highly recommended during your pregnancy. Try to go for
brisk walks everyday and keep yourself physically active in the home. Take
short naps after thuhr salaah. Maintain your personal hygiene, if you tend
towards varicose veins then put your feet up on a stool whilst you are
resting. Do simple stretching exercises daily and if you are inclined to,
maintain whatever exercise you can. Water aerobics is recommended as your
body is buoyant in water and there is less strain on it. (However, remember
to chose a swimming pool where you will be able to maintain your modesty).
Prevent strain on your back and try not to lift heavy items.

The Islamic education of a child begins whilst it is a foetus in utero. If
she recites the Quran frequently, reads verses from the Quran from memory,
makes lots of zikr and is constantly engaged in good deeds and thoughts,
insha’allah her child will be born with similar attributes. A mother who is
calm, serene and relaxed during her pregnancy will hopefully go through a
relatively easy labour and give birth to a contented baby.

Avoid sinful, lewd acts and situations of anger and anguish. A mother’s
negative emotional experiences are detected and felt by the foetus because
her breathing becomes heavier, her blood pressure rises and so does her
heart beat. This impacts on the foetus. The foetus can also hear loud
noises and tests have revealed that the heartbeat of the foetus rises
according to the discomfort experienced by it.

Make dua and salaah for protection from calamities in abundance. Read Ayatul
Kursi, Surah Yaseen, Surah Maryam, Surah Yusuf and Surah Mohammed. Duaas: ‘A
‘oodhu bikalimaatil-llaahi al-ttaammaati min sharr maa khalaqa’. (I seek
protection in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which HE has
created), ‘Hasbiya-llaahu wa ni’imal wakeel’ (Allah suffices us and is the
best guardian). ‘U’eedhuhaa bika wa dhurriyyatahaa minash-shaytwaanir-rajeem
‘ (And I command her and her offspring to THY protection, from the evil one,
the rejected)

May Allah Ta’ala grant you healthy, pious offspring and make them the
coolness of your eyes. Ameen.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best



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