Women - Pregnancy

Women - Pregnancy

June 01, 2017 Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

A pregnant woman can be considered unable to perform Hajj, due to health reasons. However she cannot send (deputise) somebody else to do it on her behalf, as her condition is not permanent.

There are a few considerations pregnant women should take into account before embarking on this journey. As with everything else, each person knows his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, the information given below is only a general guide and should not be used as definite rules.

In the early stages (first 3 months) of pregnancy it is more risky as the rituals of Hajj can be very strenuous. In the last stages of pregnancy it can also be risky and uncomfortable apart from  the bus journeys being very long. Pregnant women should not take any vaccinations, especially for meningitis.

Pregnant women should take extra care during Tawaaf-al-Ifadah and at the jamr'at as it can be very crowded and there is a lot of pushing. It is advisable to deputise someone to perform the ramy on their behalf.

Most airlines will not allow a woman who is more than seven months pregnant to fly. If you happen to give birth in Saudi Arabia, do not forget to obtain all the proper paperwork (birth registration, etc.) prior to departing. Ensure that you budget for the possible additional cost.