From the Rav’s Desk: Fasting if less than 40 days pregnant and 24 months from birth

  1. Question: [Sunday 17th Tammuz 5781]

I recently found out that I am pregnant. I am 30 days along. Do I have to fast? To note that I am also two years within giving birth.



A pregnant woman who is in pain is exempt from fasting starting from the 41st day of her pregnancy. If she feels weak or in great pain, then she may be lenient even prior to 40 days. If she does not feel weak or any pain at all then she is required to fast, if she has not yet entered her second trimester. Nonetheless, those women who are within 24 months of giving birth have upon whom to rely to be lenient and not fast especially if they are currently pregnant, even before 40 days.

Sources: See regarding 40 days from conception: M”B 550:3; Kaf Hachaim 550:5; Mor Uketzia 550; Piskeiy Teshuvos 550:1; Nitei Gavriel Bein Hametzarim 5; See regarding 24 months from birth: Daas Torah 550 based on Y.D. 189; Kneses Yechezkal 71:30; Ashel Avraham Tinyana 550:1; Alef Hamagen 3; Piskeiy Teshuvos 550:1; See Nitei Gavriel Bein Hametzarim 5:1 footnote 1]

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