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First prenatal visit

10 May, 2009

Question:

Hello,
Last Wednesday I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. I was planning on going to the doctor in a week and a half, but I am cramping, so I may go in earlier. Are there tests that they will do on this first prenatal visit that would make me niddah?
If I can get in this week, it might be right before my veset haflaga (Thursday day). What should I do about that bedikah in light of the fact that there could be spotting as a result of the examination?
Are there any halachic/hashkafic books you recommend for pregnancy? This is all very new to me and I did not cover it in kallah classes.
Thanks as always for all of your help:


Answer:

The standard tests performed in a prenatal visit do not make a woman niddah

You should still observe your veset haflagah as scheduled, regardless of the timing of your visit.  However, you may rely on the opinions that only one bedikah need be performed on the onat veset and time that bedikah with an eye to your appointment.  For example, if the appointment is the day before your onah, you may perform your bedikah at the very end of your onah to minimize the chance of finding blood on the bedikah.  If your appointment is the day of your onah, you would perform the bedikah right before the appointment.

As always, you may wear a colored undergarment on your veset day.

Do be in touch if there is any further question.

We have some appropriate books listed on our website. You may also be interested in our Marriage Companion course, which includes units on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding. The best gift you can give your child is a mother who loves God, her husband, and herself.  Working on developing and enhancing those three relationships is a lifetime project, but a lot can be accomplished over nine months.  BeSha'ah tovah!


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