First prenatal visit
10 May, 2009
Last Wednesday I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. I was planning on going to the doctor in a week and a half, but I am cramping, so I may go in earlier. Are there tests that they will do on this first prenatal visit that would make me niddah?
If I can get in this week, it might be right before my veset haflaga (Thursday day). What should I do about that bedikah in light of the fact that there could be spotting as a result of the examination?
Are there any halachic/hashkafic books you recommend for pregnancy? This is all very new to me and I did not cover it in kallah classes.
Thanks as always for all of your help:
The standard tests performed in a prenatal visit do not make a woman niddah.
You should still observe your veset haflagah as scheduled, regardless of the timing of your visit. However, you may rely on the opinions that only one bedikah need be performed on the onat veset and time that bedikah with an eye to your appointment. For example, if the appointment is the day before your onah, you may perform your bedikah at the very end of your onah to minimize the chance of finding blood on the bedikah. If your appointment is the day of your onah, you would perform the bedikah right before the appointment.
As always, you may wear a colored undergarment on your veset day.
Do be in touch if there is any further question.
We have some appropriate books listed on our website. You may also be interested in our Marriage Companion course, which includes units on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding. The best gift you can give your child is a mother who loves God, her husband, and herself. Working on developing and enhancing those three relationships is a lifetime project, but a lot can be accomplished over nine months. BeSha’ah tovah!
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.
For further questions or comments:
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.
Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.