Do you drink tap water? Are you expecting and wondering if it is a safe bet to continue to do so? If you answered a yes to the above questions, you should consider reading our post.
There are many benefits as well as side effects of drinking tap water during pregnancy. Do you want to safeguard your health and your unborn baby’s development while consuming tap water? Go ahead and check out this article!
The water you receive directly from the tap may be fluorinated or unprocessed. Lots of individuals choose to drink tap water over bottled water due to various health benefits that it offers. Let’s have a look at the benefits.
Benefits Of Drinking Tap Water During Pregnancy:
Here are some benefits that the consumption of tap water offers:
1. Hydrates Your Body:
Hydration is vital to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Good amount of water intake ensures good health for both you and your unborn baby (1). While your doctor may advise you to include soups and juices in your pregnancy
2. Prevents Tooth Decay:
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and permeates ground water from bedrocks. However, in many countries treated tap water contains added fluoride as a public health measure for reducing cavities. Oral health problems are a common complaint among pregnant women. Drinking fluoridated tap water offers your teeth long lasting protection. It helps to strengthen the teeth enamel and make you less prone to dental problems. Tap water decreases the need for fillings and tooth extractions and minimizes the pain that results due to tooth decay (2).
3. Easily Available And Inexpensive:
Tap water is easily available anywhere. It doesn’t cost you any effort to look for it and store it. Also, tap water is inexpensive, and you can go ahead and consume this vital nutrient without burning a hole in your pocket. All you need to do is grab a reusable bottle, turn on the faucet, and get the water.
4. A Low-Calorie Drink:
Tap water is a healthy, low-calorie drink that does not contain any sugar or caffeine. Drinking tap water helps to regulate your body temperature and weight gain during pregnancy. Drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water every day is a must for all to enjoy good health.
Side-Effects Of Drinking Tap Water During Pregnancy:
Here are some side effects of drinking tap water while expecting:
1. Increases The Risk Of Miscarriage:
Studies reveal that the chlorine used to treat tap water can convert into chloroform when it mixes with other elements and compounds in it. (3) Drinking tap water that contains chloroform increases the risk of miscarriage or results in poor fetal growth. Tap water may also contain other harmful substances such as lead and pesticides that may cause birth defects (4).
2. Source Of Water-Borne Diseases:
Public water may contain various bacteria and virus if your municipality doesn’t treat it properly. Drinking contaminated water during pregnancy can make you vulnerable to water-borne diseases, such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, and other infections. (5) Water-borne infections can harm your health and affect your unborn baby’s growth adversely.
A Word Of Caution:
Prevention is always better than cure. So it is best to ensure you drink uncontaminated water. Make sure your tap water meets current safety standards when drinking it while expecting. You can approach your local water supplier to have a copy of the annual water-quality report. If you think your tap water contains contaminants avoid drinking it. Alternatively, you can get a water filtration unit at home to reduce lead levels, microbes, and chemicals in your tap water before you drink it during pregnancy.
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