Prayers for Women Approaching Labor

For acceptance of the discomforts of pregnancy:

Lord Jesus Christ, your Mother, Mary, gave herself in order to bring you into a suffering world. Your own sacrifice proves that suffering can be made holy. In my womb is a sign of great hope. I joyfully accept my discomforts, Lord, for the sake of that hope. I offer them to the Father in your name. Amen. Mother Mary, pray for me. Amen.

During late pregnancy:

Dear Father in heaven, I love my baby, and I look forward to his/her happy birthday. Grant me peace of mind. Grant me the faith, hope, and endurance that belong to true love. I look forward with confidence. I trust in your divine help as I prepare to give birth to your new creation. Please listen to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as she prays for me to have a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Through Jesus Christ, Mary’s Baby born in Bethlehem. Amen.

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