in Berakoth 60a it says

Within the first three days a man should pray that the seed should not putrefy; from the third to the fortieth day he should pray that the child should be a male; from the fortieth day to three months he should pray that it should not be a sandal; from three months to six months he should pray that it should not be still-born; from six months to nine months he should pray for a safe delivery.

do jew have a custom to pray this prayer? (is it printed? what groups of jews do it?),
or this is just theory?

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    wikipedia "SRY gene effects normally take place 6–8 weeks after foetus formation and inhibits the female anatomical structural growth in males. It also works towards developing the dominant male characteristics." 6 weeks = 42 days ~ 40 days
    – hazoriz
    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:24
  • I can add a question, if the karyotype is XX, is it really good if the child has male characterisitcs. perhaps if XY, they pray for male characteristic.
    – kouty
    Dec 1, 2016 at 9:54
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    The example prayer is יהי רצון שתלד אשתי זכר. Should the other ones be the same? יהי רצון שלא תלד אשתי סנדל etc.
    – Double AA
    Dec 1, 2016 at 18:29
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    @kouty MAYBE it is the idea is a human can not see it, it does not exist (bacteria are kosher to eat) so it is not teffilat shav until it is 40 days
    – hazoriz
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:00
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    @kouty maybe, the teffila is to have a zochor which can have children (not xx) and we can daven for the chromezomes to change. What we can't do is that a "boy to be born" if inside is a girl but until 40 days she is halochakli not a girl
    – hazoriz
    Dec 8, 2016 at 21:04

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Such a tefillah for an easy labor is brought in Seder Avodas Yisroel page 162, to be said after entering the 7th month of pregnancy.

יהי רצון לפניך ה' אלהי ואלהי אבותי שתקל מעל אשתי פלונית בת פלונית את צער עיבורה ותוסיף ותתן לה כח כל ימי עיבורה שלא יותש כחה ולא כוח העובר על ידי דבר בעולם ותצילנה מפתקה של חוה ויהי בעת לדתה כי ימלאו ימיה ללדת לא יהפכו עליה ציריה ויצא הולד לאור העולם ברגע קטן ותלד כתרנגולת בקלות ובלי היזק לה ולא לולד ויהי שיולד בשעה טובה ובמזל טוב לחיים ולשלום ולבריאות לחן ולחסד ולעושר וכבוד ותמלא נא את משאלותי ומשאלות כל ישראל במידה טובה ישועה ורחמים ואל תשיביני ריקם מלפניך; אמן.‏

  • Is this based on that Gemara? Where are the prayers for the other parts? Or is this just an innovation because obviously it's a good thing to pray for?
    – Double AA
    Dec 1, 2016 at 18:21
  • @DoubleAA I don't know - I just remembered seeing it in the siddur, came across this siddur and thought I would give it as an answer. Dec 1, 2016 at 18:23
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    To be fair, this answer only addresses the fifth part of that sugya, and that's probably the only part of the sugya that's not a chiddush. No problem praying for an easy delivery (or a successful operation, or a lucrative business venture, or a smooth flight, or anything in the future). The chiddush lies in the other questions: that the semen should be viable, that the fetus should be a boy, that it should be well-formed and that it should be healthy - all of which relate to things that are happening right now, just not yet in the past.
    – Shimon bM
    Dec 7, 2016 at 22:18

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