Pregnancy is such an incredible gift, and David and I are so thankful that God has allowed us to bring a new life in the world! I have loved tracking Baby Hodges’ growth and progress over the last nine months, but all of the check-ups and information can at times be overwhelming! I find myself worrying about our baby’s development: Is he growing like he is supposed to? Is his heart beat as strong as it should be? Am I prepared for labor? It has really helped me to pray for these specific concerns as each trimester brings new development for our baby and new aches and pains for me!

Prayer works and it’s powerful. God says in the Bible that He works on our behalf when we pray. Now how amazing and freeing is that? Knowing you can lift up every body part of your baby and every bit of good and bad news to Him and He is going to take care of it! Praying during my pregnancy definitely helped give me a more peace of mind and helped ease all my fears and worries but even more than that it was a way for me to intercede on my baby’s behalf and give him a head start in his walk of faith. And I l believe that is the greatest gift I can give my unborn child.

I have been loving the book Praying Through Your Pregnancy by Jennifer Polimino and Carolyn Warren. It gives examples of specific pregnancy prayers to pray with scripture references. I especially love the Third Trimester prayers that have helped me get mentally ready for labor which could happen any day now. I hope these pregnancy prayers help to give you peace and patience like they have helped me.

11 Beautiful Pregnancy Prayers to Pray for During Your Pregnancy featured by popular Los Angeles life and style blogger and expecting mom, Ashley Hodges

Pregnancy Prayers for the First Trimester

First prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the child You are giving me. Thank you for this awesome miracle of new life. You are the only one who knows if I am having a boy or a girl, and whichever it is, I ask You to bless my baby with good health and with love. Lord, please help me feel well physically, and take away any morning sickness or other hardships that may make it hard for me to concentrate on You and this gift You are giving me. I pray against miscarriage, Jesus. I know how common it is, but I know You want me to have a healthy baby, and so I claim a healthy pregnancy, in Jesus’ name. I know love is the most important gift I can give my baby, so help me to be the most loving mother I can be. Father God, I want to be an extension of Your love. Use me to bring Your love into my child’s life. Anoint me to teach my child how to pray. Help me teach my child Your ways and Your Word. Help me to be a good role model. And again, I praise You for this wonderful miracle of life that’s growing inside me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Baby’s brain

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s brain development. I pray that my baby will develop a healthy, intelligent brain. I pray now that this baby will grow normally, just as it is supposed to, according to Your plan for pregnancy. I pray that the cells will multiply and grow and that the brain and spinal cord will develop properly. Give my baby a strong spinal cord and a strong, intelligent mind. And because Your Word says, “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do” (John 14:13), I am obeying Your Word by asking You to bless my baby’s growth and make my baby healthy and strong. I also ask that You will bless my baby with an excellent memory. Lord, help me teach my baby to memorize Scriptures, and help my baby to memorize them easily and quickly. I pray that Bible verses will come to his or her memory quickly in times of need. I thank You for Your promise of giving us peace, so I don’t have to worry about something being wrong with my baby. I declare the power of Your Word and Your Holy Spirit to come to pass. May my baby’s brain develop just as it should, and may my child be blessed with a high IQ, to be used for Your glory. And, Lord, I pray that my son or daughter will grow up to be a person of prayer – that he or she will have faith and tap into Your power through prayer. I pray in the name of the Father God, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Baby’s heart

Father God, I thank You for my baby’s heartbeat, and even though I can’t hear it yet, I know You can. Bless my baby’s heart and cause it to grow strong, just as it should be. Protect my baby’s heart from any defects or problems. Your Word says that in the beginning Your creative powers were at work. I acknowledge Your power and ask You to extend it to my baby also. Create a healthy baby, week by week, as he or she grows. And, Lord, give my child a heart to love and serve You. Give my child a tender heart, open to hearing Your voice, and to be kind and compassionate toward others. Please help me to be a good role model of these attitudes as well. Help me lead my child in prayer and in opening up our hearts to You to receive Your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Baby’s hands, feet, fingers, and toes

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s hands and fingers, feet and toes, that they will grow and develop properly. I pray for the elbows and wrists that are developing as well, they they will be good and strong and flex as they should. Please bless my baby’s hands and use them for the good of Your kingdom. Bless my baby’s feet and help my child to always walk with You, God. Lord, thank You for blessing each one of us with special gifts and talents. I pray that whatever my child does with his or her hands, he or she will do it well and use it for the ministry. Bless the work of my child’s hands. Help him to be diligent in his work so he may be viewed to have godly character. And, Lord, bless my child’s feet that they might go where You want them to go, for Your ministry. I know that every good and perfect gift comes from above, and I acknowledge You as our Creator and God. I praise You for all You have done and for all You will do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pregnancy Prayers for the Second Trimester

Baby’s legacy

Dear Lord, I thank You for making it to the second trimester this week! I praise You for the miracle of this baby I’m carrying. Truly, You are a great and wonderful Thank you for caring for my unborn baby, as You said in so many verses. Lord, I pray for my child that he or she will exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help me to be a role model of these. Lord, I want to live in my life in harmony with You, so that I bring Your Spirit into our home and into my child’s life. Help me be the loving mother You want me to be. And, Lord, I also pray for the physical development of my baby. Please cause everything that is happening this week to develop properly. Psalm 139:13 says, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”. I thank You for this encouraging Scripture. Please knit together – cause to develop properly – every part of my baby’s being: body, soul, and spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Baby’s voice

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s vocal cord development -– that his voice will develop properly. Help his mouth, throat, larynx and windpipe to form as they should. And, Lord, I pray that my child will grow up to be a person who is known for speaking words of life. Help my child to speak only positive, encouraging, and uplifting words, and to avoid gossip and criticism. Help me, too, so that I can be a good role model for godly speech. Please help me when I’m having a hard day, when I’m tired or when I’m angry, because I don’t want to say things I’ll regret later. Help me to hold my tongue. Thank you, Lord, that we can call on You for help. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Baby’s eyes

Father God, I thank You for giving us spiritual insight through Your Word. I pray that my baby will grow to have sharp spiritual vision. May he experience Your calling on his life at an early age. Open the eyes of his heart and enlighten his mind with Your Word. Fill his life with the glorious riches that are the inheritance of Your people. As his mother, I stand for him in prayer and claim the promises in the Bible for him. And, Lord, I pray for my baby’s eyes that they will open and see this week or sometime very soon, according to what is right for his development. Please give my child perfect vision. If there is anything that threatens my baby’s sight, I ask You to heal him right now and create a perfect retina, optic nerve, and perfect interpretation of the image displayed in his brain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

11 Beautiful Pregnancy Prayers to Pray for During Your Pregnancy featured by popular Los Angeles life and style blogger and expecting mom, Ashley Hodges

Pregnancy Prayers for the Third Trimester

Baby’s Ears and Hearing

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby’s hearing that is developing now. Give him or her perfect hearing with the ears and inner parts of the ear working properly. But, Lord, I also pray that my child will hear and recognize Your voice. Give him spiritual ears to hear what You say to his generation, and to him specifically. I pray that my child will love Your voice and be sensitive to it. Lord, You say in the book of John that Your people hear You and follow You, and that You give them eternal life. I pray now for my child’s salvation, that You would give him a wonderful experience in knowing You are his personal Lord and Savior and that You have prepared eternal life for him. Lord, I also pray that my words express love and are positive, encouraging, life-giving and Bible-based. I pray that my baby hears only good things coming out of my mouth, and I pray that I will think about what I am going to say before I say it. Help me teach by words and action to speak praise. Show him the path in which You want him to go and help him to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever he goes. Thank you, Jesus, for hearing my prayer. I ask this in Your name. Amen.

Preparing for labor

Dear Lord, I pray for my baby this week. I pray that You will turn my baby’s head down in the direction You want him to be. If for some reason the baby shouldn’t turn, such as if the cord is wrapped around his neck, then I pray that You take care of this situation, too.

God, You are Almighty and know everything that is going on with my body and my baby. You know the exact minute my baby will be born. Please help me to be patient and get through this time of waiting. I am so anxious to see and hold my baby that I can barely wait another day. Please be close to me and my baby and surround me with Your love and presence at the birth. Help the labor go smoothly and the birth to go just right.

I know that in Nehemiah it says that Your gracious hand is upon me. I know You will bless this delivery, Lord. I know that my labor will be manageable and You will be with me the whole time. Please take away any fear that I may have, and help this baby to come quickly and safely.

You are a great and powerful God. I know that if I praise You, You will rain down Your blessings from above. I believe that You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. This is a new beginning for my baby, for our family. We praise You for this wonderful gift. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer to pray on your due date

This week is my due date. I thank You for helping me make it to full term in my pregnancy. I am looking forward to welcoming my baby into our home. Lord, please help my baby come at just the right time. Bless my labor and delivery. Give the medical staff wisdom to make all the right decisions. Help me be strong during delivery. Help me trust in You. I pray that Your sweet presence would fill the room with joy as I deliver the baby and we welcome him into this world. Lord, I know You are a good God, and I choose to put my trust in You. be with me now and every moment of the day. Let me be aware of Your presence with me. Reveal Yourself more to me so I can know You and love You more. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer to pray if your baby is late

Dear Lord, You know when this baby is ready, and I will praise Your name. I have been waiting for what seems like forever. I feel so uncomfortable and truly can’t wait much longer to meet my baby. Please make it happen soon. I know you have a reason for this delay, maybe a miscalculation on the date or maybe my baby’s lungs need to mature a bit longer. Whatever it may be, I trust in You God, and praise Your mighty name. Jesus, give me peace and rest during these last days before the baby arrives. Make this baby healthy and strong. Please bring the right people to help me deliver this baby. Please let me have this baby in the way I wish, and in the way that’s best for my child, whether natural or C-section. You know what is right for me and my baby. You are a great and wonderful God who has given me a beautiful gift: the gift of life. I praise Your name, Jesus. Amen.

11 Beautiful Pregnancy Prayers to Pray for During Your Pregnancy featured by popular Los Angeles life and style blogger and expecting mom, Ashley Hodges

I hope these pregnancy prayers bless you and your baby! I would love to hear how you dealt with the unknowns of pregnancy? Did you have a book of prayers that you used? Or a certain scripture you meditated on? I would love for you to share in the comments below what helped you so that me and other moms-to-be can read and learn from you too!  🙂