Yom Kippur effect

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Yom Kippur effect 

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Yom Kippur


A popular term referring to the spontaneous premature onset of labour, occurring in pregnant Jewish women who observe Yom Kippur, Judaism’s annual 24-hour religious fast–a fast of complete abstinence from food and water.

Note: The Yom Kippur effect may be universal phenomenon, possibly linked to dehydration, as premature labour is more common in the “dog days” of summer among women from decidedly distinct cultures and ethnicities serviced by workers at SUNY-Downstate in Brooklyn

References S Lajinian in Science News 20/5/95, p315

JAMA 1983;250:1317cr, 250:2469, ibid, 1984; 251:2348c 


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