A woman is 3 months pregnant from her husband. He now warns her not to seclude with Ploni. She does seclude and have carnal relations with Ploni.

If she is treated as a Sotah, the embryo will be lost as well as the woman.

So my question is whether a pregnant woman can go through the Sotah process.

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    "If his own pregnant or nursing wife becomes a sota, then despite the concern that the bitter water may harm the fetus, she either drinks the bitter water or does not collect payment of her marriage contract" -Sotah 26a:4 ??
    – Shmuel
    Jun 7, 2022 at 17:31

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A pregnant women can be a Sotah but only if she is pregnant to her own husbands child.

The Gemorah Sotah 26A says

מְעוּבֶּרֶת חֲבֵירוֹ וּמֵינֶקֶת חֲבֵירוֹ לֹא שׁוֹתוֹת

A woman who was pregnant with the child of another man at the time of her marriage and a woman who was nursing the child of another man at the time of her marriage does not drink the Sotah waters

The Gemorah continues on to say explicitly that she would go through the process if she were pregnant with his child.

In general if a women does a crime that carries the death penalty we do not wait for her to give birth before carrying it out.

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    And Rambam rules this way in Hilchot Sotah 2:7
    – Joel K
    Jun 7, 2022 at 17:36

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