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Still spotting ten weeks postpartum

31 October, 2017

Question:

I'm 10 weeks post partum and still niddah. I've been light spotting on and off and can't manage to get a clean bedika for more than a day.
Are there any halachic loopholes around this?
I need a hug from my husband, it's been a long time….


Answer:

Postpartum bleeding tends to come and go in waves, so spotting such as you describe is fairly common.  Spotting does not preclude getting through the clean days.

A bedikah need not be completely clear.  Please have your bedikah cloths evaluated rather than assuming that your clean days have been invalidated.  (If you'd like our help finding an appropriate halachic address for seeing your bedikah cloths, please write back with your location).

In this case, you may also reduce the number of bedikot performed this cycle to the hefsek taharah and one each on days one, seven, and an intermediate day.

Unlike on bedikah cloths, stains of any color on a white undergarment may be disregarded if they are smaller in size than a gris (roughly, the area of the Israeli shekel or American dime).  It is fully permissible to change underwear with a slightly higher frequency than usual in order to prevent larger stains from accumulating.  So stains on your undergarments need not disrupt your clean days.

Please write back with any follow up questions.


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