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What are the do's and dont's for the first months of pregnancy?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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Do listen to everything which your doctor tells you.

Do give some extra charity each day.

Do check the Mezuzahs on the doors of your home to make sure they are Kosher.

It is customary to refrain from disclosing your pregnancy to anyone other than immediate family until entering the fifth month
Do pray to God for a healthy, easy pregnancy and delivery.

Do say Psalms. In addition to daily prayers, Jewish women (and their husbands) recite additional Psalms each day during the pregnancy, especially chapter 20.

Don't tell anyone other than immediate family about your pregnancy until you enter your fifth month.

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Posted by: Anonymous, Panama on Dec 20, 2005

Why do women have to wait until they are 5 months pregnant to let people outside the family know she is?

Editor's Comment

1. It isn't required halachah (Jewish law) -- it is a custom practiced by many Jewish communities. 2. The reason is actually very practical: unfortunately, many pregnancies do not go full term. What is the point of making a big splash about your pregnancy when G-d forbid you may have to break the news to these same people that the pregnancy failed? And having spoken to people who've endured this very situation, they all say that in the aftermath of a miscarriage the parents really aren't in the mood of facing everyone with the news -- they just would like some time alone and then to move on.


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Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.
The Book of Psalms. One of the 24 books of the Bible. Compiled by King David; mostly comprised of poetic praise for G-d. A large part of our prayers are culled from this book.
Plural form of Mezuzah. Rolled up scrolls containing certain verses from the Torah which are affixed to the right-hand doorposts of doorways in Jewish homes.