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Mikveh segulah for infertility

4 April, 2005


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.


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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