Should You Drink Tap Water When Pregnant?
Many expectant mothers and concerned fathers-to-be have asked the same question – is tap water safe to drink during pregnancy? In this post, we explore key points from each side of the debate, and try to determine why it may not be healthy for expectant mothers to drink too much tap water.
A few studies have found that the chlorine used to treat public water can turn into chloroform under the wrong circumstances. This is because it can mix with other minerals present in the water, increasing the risk of miscarriage and poor fetal growth. On the other hand, there are studies which claim to show no such risks with regards to chlorine. Another concern is the increased potential that the water could be contaminated by such elements as lead and pesticides.
It’s important to remember that the UK has some of the safest tap water in the world. However, if you are concerned about the chances of tainted water, investing in a quality water filter may put your mind at ease.
Investing in the Right Filter
Expectant mothers will already be aware of substances they need to avoid. Pesticides, industrial chemicals, and nitrates all pose a genuine risk to both mother and baby. However, one of the most dangerous toxins is lead.
What to Expect talks about the subject of lead:
“One of the most serious toxins, lead gets into tap water when lead pipes that bring water to your neighborhood or that are in your home corrode, leaching lead into the water. Pipe corrosion is more likely to occur when your water has high acidity or low mineral content, and houses built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes. Lead exposure during pregnancy and childhood has been associated with reduced cognitive function, lower IQ and increased attention-related behavioral problems.”
Investing in a water filter for taps and showers will dramatically reduce the amounts of lead in your water as a result of corroded pipes. Living in a modern home or apartment means your risk is probably low, but those in older houses should consider the upgrade.
If you would like some information about fitting a water filter, then please get in touch. We would be delighted to help you in making the right choice for your home.
Most filters will be able to diminish any concerns you might have over toxins and chemicals that may contaminate your water. Whether you’re in an old or new home, the phrase “better to be safe than sorry” always applies when it comes to a healthy pregnancy.