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Pregnancy Dues


The health and development of a fetus are largely dependent on the behavior, nutritional choices and attitude of the expecting mother. Medical studies point to the profound impact the pregnant woman's environment has on her unborn baby; how a positive and tranquil surrounding, and avoiding upsetting or anxious settings is beneficial to the fetus.

The physical development of the embryo mirrors its spiritual counterpart. The expecting mother's spiritual choices have lifelong effects on the developing new life.

Seek to be surrounded by a holy environment, such as attending synagogue services...Pregnancy is an appropriate time for a woman to increase in mitzvot (good deeds) and spiritual refinement. Seek to be surrounded by a holy environment, such as attending synagogue services and participating in Torah classes as often as you can.

Charity is especially beneficial. When we are generous to others, G‑d treats us in kind. Besides your regular charities, give a few coins every day—a charity box prominently placed in the home will be a constant reminder. The most auspicious time to give charity is right before lighting the Shabbat and Jewish Holiday candles.

And a meticulously kosher diet provides the best "spiritual nutrition" for your baby.

These are some pregnancy related customs:

  • "When the congregation takes out the Torah Scroll, the Heavenly Gates of Mercy are opened and G‑d's love is aroused"—Zohar. Some have the custom for the father to open the synagogue Ark before the Torah reading during the last month of pregnancy.
  • Throughout the pregnancy, mother and father should make it a habit to recite Psalms.
  • Have a scribe inspect your home's mezuzahs. If you don't have mezuzahs on all your doorways, now is a great time to install them.
  • Have a copy of Psalm 121 on hand during birth. Click here for a printable version, and pack it in your take-to-the-hospital bag.

Click here for more pregnancy customs.

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Robert New Jersey November 16, 2017

All good thoughts. Also remember to listen to your body and follow the advice of your physician. You may not be able to fast on fast days. You should stay away from stressful activities. Also consider exercising as instructed by your doctor. Reply

Ruth Krieger June 17, 2016

An audience member remembers While speaking at a large women's organization, a woman raised her hand. A woman said, "I lived on your street. I remember you very pregnant, barely able to walk on Shabbos.Then I watched your husband holding the little boys hands. Over the years I saw them grow until they were taller than your husband," Yes. They went to shul in utero. The Rebbe said how important it was for children to hear words of Torah, Jewish music. My husband OBM and I made sure even before conception we followed a kosher diet, dedicated our marriage to the Laws of Family Purity. I nursed my babies and knew the milk they drank was kosher. Hashem blessed us with 6 children. They are monuments to a love sanctified by Torah. Reply

Miriam, Ormond Beach Fl. Ormond Bch., FL. June 15, 2010

Beautiful article Very sensitive, simple and with a strong message of the importance of bonding.
I love it! Reply

Anonymous June 14, 2010

Pregnancy great preparations Reply

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