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Mikveh segulah for infertility

4 April, 2005

Question:

My wife is in her 7th month of pregnancy and was told by a co-worker of hers who b"H has three healthy children but was trying to have more children with some problems (miscarriages, genetic issues) that there is a segulah for a woman trying to conceive to go to the mikvah with/immediately after a woman who is in her 9th month of pregnancy. My wife was a bit taken aback by this request and in general we are not so into these types of segulahs but just wondering if you have any sources/have ever heard of such customs, what the basis is, and what you would recommend. Thanks for any input on this topic.


Answer:

The custom is to go to the mikveh after a pregnant woman (not with), and some consider this a segulah. Your wife should only do this if she feels comfortable. We are not aware of a halachic source for this custom, although we have heard of people who practice it.

A woman who is already tehorah, and is immersing only for spiritual purposes or as a segulah, does not recite a bracha on the immersion.


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