[Q-ID0107] Having baby scans and general advice on pregnancy

QUESTION:

I required some information regarding pregnancy in Islam, how it should be considered meaning, is it permissible to announce pregnancy or should it be kept hidden, also having a scan is it haram? Can you just give some advice generally on the etiquette’s of pregnancy and how we as women should conduct ourselves. 

ANSWER:

Pregnancy is a blessing from Allah azzawajal. When becoming aware of your pregnancy, pray salat al-shukr alongside your husband to thank Allah azzawajal for this blessing.

There is no harm in telling friends and family members that you are expecting a child.

Make good intentions, for example if the baby is a boy you will name it Muhammad or if it is a girl you will call it Fatimah, or you will teach the baby the Qur’an, or guide it to become a Alim/Alimah of Islam etc.

Women should take care of their health and avoid junk food at all times, more importantly during pregnancy. The husband should try his best to help his pregnant wife with the house chores so that she is not overburdened, but at the same time she must offer all her prayers on time. Salah is compulsory in all conditions.

Furthermore, you should maintain a regular habit of reciting the Qur’an, waza’if and durood shareef (salawat) even during pregnancy. It is important for the mother to be engaged in virtuous acts maintaining a religious mindset; in sha Allah this will have a positive effect on the child.

Visit your doctor regularly and follow the medical advice given to you. Scanning is allowed and it is also allowed to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl, but if it is done for a foeticide (meaning you plan on aborting the child if it is not the gender you wanted), then it will be haraam to have a scan done.

Allah knows best.

Answered by Mawlana Mohammed Kashif

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