We already know that drinking at least 2 litres of water during pregnancy is a given as advised by our doctors, keeping us hydrated not only for our body’s sake but also for the health benefits of our baby’s. But with this, especially working in a pub, I’ve seen many mums-to-be exclude tap water and head straight for the bottled water in fear of tap water not being filtered properly and causing harm to our little ones.
In the UK, most tap water is safe to drink. According to Water.org.uk ‘our tap water is of a high standard, at a record level of quality and among the best in the world… In the UK all drinking water, whether from public supplies or other sources, has to meet standards laid down in the EU Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC).’
‘The law requires that drinking water is wholesome and clean. It sets down maximum acceptable concentrations for a number of potential contaminants. In addition, there is a general clause, which requires:
“Water is free from any micro-organisms and parasites and from any substances which, in numbers or concentrations, constitute a potential danger to human health.”
Some women believe drinking tap water can increase chances of miscarriage or stillbirth, whilst others glug it down without a second thought, like me. Water is needed to flush out toxins, aid digestion and ensure our bodies absorb the essential nutrients from the food we eat. During our pregnancies our body goes through a lot of change to cope with our changing health, weight ensuring our body environment is a safe and healthy one for our unborn baby. An adult’s body weight alone is comprised of between 50-70% of water and we need water to survive and keep our body functioning.
With the UK’s clean filtered water system, there really is no problem drinking tap water. Bottled water has been found in previous studies to show no added health benefits in comparison to tap water. A study in 2013 by market researchers Mintel found that ‘almost a quarter of people who drink bottled water at home say they do so because they believe it is ‘better for them’ than tap water.’ [Source:Daily Mail]. Through endless research, I can’t find a study that says bottled water in the UK is safer than drinking tap water. If you’re one of those who is super paranoid about drinking tap water, you can always boil it first, let it cool down and then drink it.
Here’s some top tips on how to increase your daily water intake:
- Drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning before you drink your decaf tea or coffee. Adding a slice of lemon helps it taste better and is a great natural cleanser for your body and skin.
- Carry a bottle of water around with you when you go out and drink it every time you’re thirsty
- If you’re thirsty, drink water, it’s the best way to keep you hydrated and gets rid of any potential infections that can occur during pregnancy
- Keep a bottle of water by your bed. I know it’s annoying at night that the bathroom breaks increase but don’t let yourself go thirsty
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and high sugar drinks as they make dehydration worse
- Improve your fluid intake by eating watery fruit and vegetables
- Add fruit to your water, or make ice cubes using your favourite fruits or even put some squash in your water to make the taste of water (which sometimes can be so bland) be more fragrant.
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