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Mikveh when relations are proscribed

5 April, 2005


I am pregnant and had bleeding a number of times from my uterus which would make me a niddah. The doctor said that for the remainder of my pregnancy (4 more months) I am not to have any relations with my husband. Do I go to the mikvah? Do I remain a niddah for the remainder of my pregnancy?


We recommend you go to the mikveh anyway – refraining from relations doesn't mean you can't cuddle, kiss and hug, or pass things to each other. As your pregnancy progresses, Be'ezrat Hashem, you might find you need help that your husband would not otherwise be able to provide – be it a hand in getting out of a chair or holding your hand during labor (while he's still allowed to). So, for practical and emotional reasons, it is probably best that you go. Be sure your husband is aware that you will not be having relations even though you are going to mikveh, so that you are both prepared emotionally.

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