O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart.
God has raised you up as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.
Help me be grateful for the privilege of bringing a precious life into our world.
Preserve me from danger and the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child whom I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the life-giving waters of baptism.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.