Should pregnant women fast on Yom Kippur?

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    Meno
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    https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1593827/mazel-tov-over-200-births-reported-over-yom-kippur-in-eretz-yisroel.html

    Can any of the Coffee Room doctors and/or poskim weigh in on this?

    #1594983

    Joseph
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    This is an old halachic shaila long addressed in the sh”ut.

    #1595098

    ashkifard
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    If a woman gives birth on Yom Kippur- there is no question, she must break her fast.
    If a woman is pregnant, we know that eating on Y”K is a Chiyuv Karrais so a woman should try her upmost to fast on Y”K. If she cant- if it is not Pikuach Nefesh one can eat or drink less then the size of a cheekful (1 oz. – 1.5 oz., around the size of a shot glass) for eating the size of a fig I believe. Eating and drinking in these cases should only be done every 9-10 minutes so it is not considered 1 meal. If it is Pikuach Nefesh then there is no question!
    BEFORE DOING ANYTHING REAGARDING EATING ON Y”K- CONSULT A RAV!

    #1595020

    ubiquitin
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    i’m not sure what the link has to do with anything
    As Jospeh points out this is an old sheyla.

    #1595147

    laskern
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    The last statement above is misleading. If a person feels that he/she must eat after they are told it is yom kippur, comes before 100 doctors who say you don’t need to eat . They can eat as much as necessary without consulting any rav no measurements required because in a pikuach nefesh time is of essence as indicated in SA above 618.

    #1595141

    laskern
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    The question is clearly specified in SA O”CH 617-618 . The measurements when eating under certain conditions mentioned were discussed above.

    #1595227

    Meno
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    i’m not sure what the link has to do with anything

    The point of the article was to show that the number of babies born on YK is higher than that of a normal day, implying that fasting tends to cause women to go into labor. I was asking if this fact has any bearing on the halacha.

    #1595231

    ashkifard
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    @laskern
    I did write that when dealing with Pikuach Nefesh, there is for sure no question!
    When I said “BEFORE DOING ANYTHING REAGARDING EATING ON Y”K- CONSULT A RAV!” I was talking about someone who was sick and it is NOT a Pikuach Nefesh scenario.

    #1595239

    ubiquitin
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    “implying that fasting tends to cause women to go into labor”

    I’m not quite sure wh yit would have bearing
    It isnt just an implication, this is well established and documented (the reason for which is that ADH, a hormone released when the body needs to conserve water as in a fasting state is structurally similar to oxytocin which induces labor)
    Medically speaking this isnt generally an issue. People are induced on a literally daily basis for a variety of reasons including the Ob’s convenience if he has a vacation planned next week.
    Rabbonim generally oppose inducing preterm labor, for reasons that wouldnt really apply to possibly “inducing” by fasting. There isnt (generally) a sakanah neither to the mother nor child

    #1595324

    funnybone
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    If baby is born a little early it is usually not a problem. Fasting usually does just that, a little early. Usually a baby wont be born a month early due to fasting. High risk cases, and any case where the dr wants patient to eat are discussed w LOR.

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