Safety of postpartum bedikot
13 February, 2016
Is it safe to do bedikot 2 or 3 weeks postpartum? If you are not supposed to use tampons until after the doctor says it's okay, why would nonsterile bedikah cloths be okay?
I don't want to wait until after my postpartum visit to start the process if I don't have to, but I also don't want to risk introducing an infection, chas v'shalom, by starting before it would be medically advised (even without being intimate until the doctor says it's ok).
There is much debate about how long after childbirth there is really a risk for infection. The first two weeks seem to be the time of highest risk, as this is the time it takes for the cervix to close. Therefore, at this stage, it would seem reasonable to do the minimum number of bedikot (hefsek taharah, one bedikah on day one, and one bedikah on day seven) with a clean bedikah cloth, taking care to go into the cracks and crevices but not trying to go as deep as you possibly can. However, any questions in this regard are best addressed to your physician. In general, for the first cycle postpartum, one may also omit the moch dachuk.
Please note that postpartum bleeding tends to come and go in waves and typically continues for a month or two, so it is unusual to be able to count the full clean days at two to three weeks.
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