Kvatter in early pregnancy
2 December, 2008
After 3 years of marriage and fertility problems, B’H I’m 10 weeks pregnant and still not telling anyone.
Last week my husband and I were given the honor of being kevaterim at a Brit Milah. I doubted if I should accept (because of my pregnancy) but I still didn’t want to give them the good news (not yet) so we walked the baby in.
Today I heard that it’s a custom that the kvater shouldn’t be pregnant. Why is this? And did I do something wrong by accepting?
The custom is often to give the honor of kvatter to a couple who have no children, or who are experiencing difficulty conceiving even if they have children. However, it is a segulah for many things, and you have not yet given birth. While a couple in early pregnancy can choose to decline, they can also choose to welcome the opportunity to receive this honor, and the blessing that comes with it.
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