Morning sickness and Tisha B’Av
26 July, 2017
I just found out that I am pregnant. At the time of Tisha Bav I will be approximately 7–8 weeks along. I am experiencing some morning sickness already and with my previous 3 pregnancies I experienced morning sickness throughout my whole first trimester. Am I obligated to fast on Tisha Bav? My biggest concern is how severe my morning sickness will be with no food.
We hope your morning sickness passes soon.
In this case, since morning sickness is variable, you should start out fasting.
If you find yourself feeling sick on Tisha B'Av, then you may eat.
We recommend taking great care in the days before the fast to get well hydrated. It would also be wise to make plans for Tisha B'Av that would enable you to spend as much of the day as possible resting in a cool environment.
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