Everyone’s pregnancy story is different, but one thing is certain, we all should be praying for our pregnancy. Use these pregnancy prayers to lift your journey and your unborn baby to the God of the universe who created you both!
May the Holy Spirit guide us as we seek to understand our pregnancy and motherhood in light of the gospel and for the glory of God!
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Our Pregnancy Story
I once described my postpartum depression as a forest; a place you can walk to and easily get lost in. I’ve likened anxiety and my preeclampsia diagnosis to storms; rough winds with nothing to hold onto. This is a short story about how fixing my mind on Jesus helped me walk out of my postpartum forest and calmed the storms in me.
It was January of 2012 that first rocked my boat. I was pregnant with my baby girl and loved how she grew inside of me. At our 26-week appointment, the OB/GYN sat me down and I remember how the air in the room shifted. She told me that all the birth plans I had eagerly shared with her, in the beginning, would have to change. Instead, our plan was to try to get me to deliver a healthy baby girl.
Getting a diagnosis makes you feel small – at least, in my personal experience. Here I was, a college-educated professional, and I was handed a preeclampsia diagnosis that I knew nothing about. So, I did what most people do. I googled. I cried the more I read about preterm delivery complications, maternal and infant mortality numbers – according to the Preeclampsia Foundation (preeclampsia.org) it is the leading cause of infant and maternal death, globally – and what it could mean for my husband, my little girl, and me.
I don’t quite remember what happened between 26 weeks and the day I walked into my 31-week appointment. I can tell you that I packed a hospital bag. Something told me that I wasn’t going home that day.
I would later find out that my placenta had partially abrupted (separating from the uterine wall) and since I was hooked up to a monitor, they were able to save me and my baby girl. I’ve never believed in luck or coincidence. It wasn’t a coincidence that I had packed my bags. It wasn’t luck that I was already on hospital bed rest and hooked up to machines that detect not only my blood pressure but my infant’s heart. These were written into my story that God designed.
I had my baby girl at 31 weeks. She weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces. I couldn’t touch her as they wheeled her out to me. I saw wires and tubes before I saw her face. And then she was wheeled out and was life-flighted out to a hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as our local hospital didn’t have one.
I was alone in my hospital room willing myself to recover as quickly as possible while my only child was 2 hours away.
Our Prayers for Pregnancy
I can’t even begin to tell you how many prayers were uttered and how many tears were shed during those two days I was there.
I can tell you that for the next 43 days, my family would drive me daily to the hospital to be with Ellie.
I can tell you that I grew to be grateful for the next four years of her life. Each day, every moment, I would breathe in my child and just be in awe of how far she had come.
And then one day, my gratitude shifted. In its place were anger, fear, and bitterness.
I was pregnant with my second and hated it.
Even with each appointment, I was deemed healthy, I was fearful. Even as weeks went by without a sign of Preeclampsia, I grew anxious. I packed my bags as we reached 26 weeks. I remember having a panic attack when we reached 31 weeks. I started writing “dear Ellie” letters just “in case I or my baby didn’t make it.”
I stopped praying and instead bargained and yelled at God that this life I was carrying would ruin a perfectly amazing trio.
I can’t exactly pinpoint the day I finally looked like I was falling apart and that it took another person to tell me I needed to seek help. In retrospect, I must have known something was brewing inside of me when my heart and head clicked into place. I hadn’t bonded with my son the same way I had bonded with my daughter. I didn’t hear him crying in the crib next to me. I wanted to run as far away from this beautiful life. It wasn’t until I reread the goodbye letters I wrote that I prayed for counsel and finally asked for help.
Somewhere in my postpartum forest, I found a path that led me back to God. He answered every cry for help, even when my voice was shaking.
By His Grace, I learned to extend that same courtesy to myself.
I am loved. I am enough. I am a good mother.
In my darkest storms, I was never alone.
Powerful Pregnancy Prayers
Fast forward two years later and my now seven-year-old prays with me our daily thanks. My two-year-old keeps me on my toes and my arms and heart feel like they’ve doubled in size. There is more to love and hold. There is more to be grateful for. There is always Grace in our seasons – even in the darkest storms and forests.
Prayers for pregnancy are powerful. They don’t change God’s mind (because he is sovereign), but they can change our hearts. God tells us in His Word to pray. Our part is obedience to that command.
Whether you are walking a healthy pregnancy or a more complicated one, these pregnancy prayers will expectant mothers to pray for their unborn child.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.Philippians 4:6 ESV
If you are interested in more resources for when pregnancy becomes complicated and discouraging, I encourage you to check out “Redeeming Childbirth.” This is a powerful book that has helped many struggling moms. The following prayer for pregnancy cards is available at the end of the post completely for free.
The child growing in our womb is a precious gift and the power of prayer should not be underestimated! Let these beautiful prayers guide you throughout this important time of pregnancy. They are not complicated or long prayers. These are simply prayers that you can modify and use to fit your specific circumstances.
1. A Prayer for Pregnancy Tragedy
We want our whole pregnancy to be a healthy one, but that sometimes is not the case. Sometimes the worst happens or there are unforeseen complications. It’s heartbreaking and simply not fair. Here is a simple prayer for when tragedy strikes. You will find the peace of God as you submit to his will, no matter how hard it may seem.
O Lord, I just received some tragic news about my pregnancy. I’m not sure I am ready to accept what my doctor told me. I am asking you today for comfort, grace, and peace. Please surround my baby with your healing protection. Give me the wisdom to know how to proceed, and give me peace during this difficult time.
2. Prayer for Pregnancy Pain
Our pregnancies are not without pain and discomfort. From morning sickness to the pain of delivery, pregnancy can often be a difficult time. You have been given the privilege of watching the gift of life be created. Remember that all the pain has a purpose. God’s grace can abound during the pain of pregnancy. When the pain of pregnancy becomes too much for me to bear I remind myself to put my hands on my stomach and show my child loving hands. It is a beautiful way to remind them that they are loved. That new baby needs to feel that they are loved, even through pregnancy pain!
Dear God, this pregnancy is becoming so uncomfortable. My body hurts, aches, and feels so abnormal. I want to rest and my body screams against the possibility. Why did you make something so beautiful fraught with so much pain? I know it has to do with sin. So I submit this season to you and request that you hold me when this pregnancy pain becomes unbearable. I will not succumb to the depression of the pain. I trust that you will uphold me. Praise your name forever. In the name of Jesus, amen.
3. A Prayer for Pregnancy Health
The ultimate goal is a safe delivery at the end of pregnancy and good health throughout the pregnancy. I often marvel at how simple birth is now compared to even 50 years ago. As pregnant mothers, we are very blessed. Pregnancy is a blessing and we obviously want a happy and healthy pregnancy. Use this prayer to guide you as you pray for the health of your pregnancy.
Father God, thank you for this pregnancy. What a blessing to bring new life into this world. I ask that you give me joy on the tough days, grace on the joyful days, and peace when things don’t go as planned. What a wonderful mystery this pregnancy is. Please grant my baby and my health as we go through this journey. Amen.
4. A Prayer for Pregnancy Fear
For me personally, as I near the end of my pregnancy, I start to feel the fear set in. How painful will labor and delivery be? Will there be complications? What if I can’t push him/her out? The little life I am carrying is so precious to me and I don’t want anything to happen to it or myself. These are the moments where we need to give our fears to the giver of life. He is sovereign, he loves our baby more than we can possibly imagine. Give your fears over. You baby will come at the perfect time and in God’s plan.
Dear Heavenly Father, I confess that I am not perfect. I confess that this pregnancy scares me. I want to see my little one soon and enjoy the creation that you so beautifully crafted. Please provide my little one and me with a safe pregnancy. Give me grace for whatever lies ahead. In Jesus’ name, amen.
5. A Prayer for Pregnancy Complications
Here are two prayers when we start going through pregnancy complications. Chances are that at some point as your baby is growing in their mother’s womb, there will be some type of complication. Some are easier to deal with than others. Maybe you go through an extended period of morning sickness or perhaps you experience preeclampsia, placenta previa, or any other number of complications. Use these prayers as an acknowledgment of your frustration, but also as a reminder that God can redeem the situation.
Sometimes pregnancy complications lead to bed rest and although this can be highly inconvenient, this is the perfect time to spend lots of time in prayer.
Dear Lord, I am feeling frustrated, bitter, and angry. This is not how my pregnancy was supposed to go! Just like any other day, I need you, but right now I feel like I need you more than usual. Please come into this pregnancy and redeem what has been lost. I trust you, Father.
Dear Lord, I need a prayer for pregnancy complications that you will hear. I know that you always hear because you are my sovereign God, but right now I am desperate for you to hear my plea. This pregnancy feels tough. I feel weak and I need your strength. Please surround me with your grace and peace as I learn how to be more like you through this pregnancy. Please protect my little baby that you are forming in my womb.
One of the greatest blessings on this earth is watching a new life come into you. You have been given a great gift in growing a child. A powerful way to support your pregnancy is to pray. You will never regret praying for your children, no matter how young they are!
Dear Father, I thank you for this mother that is reading this post. May you bless her and keep her during her pregnancy. Surround her with loving care and remind her of your love. Amen.
One of the greatest books I have ever read on pregnancy is titled Redeeming Childbirth by Angie Toplin. If you need encouragement on your pregnancy journey. This book is for you!`
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More Pregnancy Resources
Here are some practical resources that have helped me through my pregnancies.
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A Little More About Lelia
Leila Tualla is a Filipino-American memoirist, poet, and Christian author. Leila’s books include a YA Christian contemporary romance called, Love, Defined and a memoir/poetry collection called Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me. Her poetry is featured in a few mental health anthologies, including, Please Hear what I’m Not Saying, and We are Not Alone: stories of mental health awareness. Find more of her content at: