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Pregnant, delayed Tisha B’Av

5 August, 2019

Question:

I know that, in general, pregnant women are required to fast on tisha b’av. This year the fast is delayed from Shabbat to Sunday; is the requirement still the same? I am 6 weeks pregnant and generally do not fast well especially in the summer heat.

Thank you and Shabbat shalom!


Answer:

Be-Sha’ah tovah!

Healthy pregnant women are required to fast on Tisha B’Av unless there are specific health concerns. A woman should discuss any health concerns with her physician and raise them with a halachic authority in advance of a fast.

There are different opinions regarding a Tisha B’Av nidcheh, when the fast is postponed from Shabbat to Sunday. We follow the position that a healthy pregnant woman should attempt to fast on a Tisha B’Av nidcheh, but that the fast should be treated with greater leniency. For example, if you start to feel at all unwell during the fast, you may begin drinking or eating as necessary. Just be sure to recite havdalah first.

Ideally, you should prepare before the fast by drinking extra water for a number of days leading up to the fast. Try to rest during the fast as much as possible, staying indoors in a cool room and (if relevant) making arrangements for help with childcare, or having your husband stay home as necessary.

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