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Risk of premature labor

21 July, 2009


I am currently 29 weeks pregnant, and will be 30 weeks on tisha b'av. I understand that pregnant women are required to fast on tisha b'av, but i am very afraid I am going to go into premature labor, since I tend to have increased uterine contractions when I don't drink often enough, and my doctor has told me that I need to keep hydrated at all times. As a result, what should I do when it comes to fasting on tisha b'av? It would be very dangerous to the baby to be born this early.

Thank you.


BeSha'ah tovah!

Most pregnant women are able to avoid dehydration on the fast by drinking lots of water the day before the fast and arranging to spend the day in a cool space indoors, resting.

We suggest that you discuss this issue with your physician. Ask him or her if he thinks that, in light of your previous premature contractions, it would be dangerous not to drink if you spend the day in resting in a cool location. If he feels this would be all right, ask him or her for a description of signs of dehydration at which he or she thinks you must drink.  You will do your best (as above) not to reach that stage. 

If you do get symptoms or if the physician feels that, in light of your previous history, you are at higher risk than average, you would be allowed to drink.

Please note that if your physician feels it is important that the drink also provide you with calories, you are allowed to use juice or broth instead of water for this purpose.

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