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In parashah Tazria we read that a woman is rendered impure by giving birth; one week for a boy child and two weeks for a girl child. What if it is twins or more? Are the periods of impurity applied consecutively? Or concurrently? Or something else?

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They are applied concurrently. For example, if Twin A is born on Sunday and Twin B a few minutes later already on Monday, then if Twin B is female you count 14 days from Monday, and if only Twin A is female you count 14 days from Sunday, and if both are male you count 7 days from Monday. (Shulchan Arukh YD 194:13, cf. Beit Yosef ibid. quoting Rashba)

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  • For those who hold טבילה בזמנה מצווה, would you go to the mikve after the first period ends, or does the second טומאת לידה override the first one?
    – magicker72
    Apr 16 at 3:27
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    @magicker72 Seemingly TBM only applies when the tevilla [at least might] actually makes you pure[r]. Otherwise the gemara could have used the extra dip to answer the question on the very bottom of Nidda 30a למה הוזכר זכר
    – Double AA
    Apr 16 at 14:36

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