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Immersion after tear with childbirth

17/11/2015

Question:

I had a baby 2 months ago and had a third degree tear. I saw my doctor this week and also a physiotherapist. The doctor said that I am healing but will take another month to heal more fully. My physiotherapist said that I shouldn't swim until I have healed in case I get an infection. Is it safe for me to go to the mikvah? Do I need to wait for another month? Or should I ask them if I can go first?


Answer:

Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

The water in modern mikvaot is kept to extremely high standards of hygiene. To reduce the risk of infection even further, you can prepare at home (preparation rooms can present a greater risk of infection than mikveh water if they are not thoroughly cleaned) and dunk only once in the mikveh. You can also arrange in advance to be the first to immerse that night.  Please double check with your physician, but we do not expect this to present a problem.

We wish you a refuah sheleimah!


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