Pregnancy can be such a wonderful but confusing time, with so many new rules on what to eat and drink, you would think that water is the safest option. On the whole, drinking adequate amounts of water is a great idea to maintain the optimum health of you and your baby but there are other considerations to take into account.
First of all, are you drinking enough?
Drinking enough water through pregnancy can help you to avoid uncomfortable and common complaints such as constipation and haemorrhoids. During pregnancy the body goes through so many physiological changes. One of these changes is an increase in blood volume, which occurs from weeks 6 to 8. Blood is composed of 83% water, so its a good idea to keep hydrated when you are expecting. An increase in urination and sweating during this time, means that pregnant women risk dehydration.
Flavoured Water and Teas
It can be difficult to down 8-10 glasses of water a day, especially when you fancy something a little more flavourful or miss your caffeine hit. Occasionally drinking flavoured waters is considered safe whilst pregnant; however watch out for the added sugars which may encourage other conditions such as gestational diabetes. Healthier alternatives include; water infused with pieces of cucumber and mint or sliced citrus fruits. Herbal teas, limited to 2 cups a day, such as peppermint, lemon balm and ginger can be taken whilst pregnant. However, it is always best to consult your midwife or GP if unsure.
Filtered water or bottled, which is safer to drink through pregnancy?
Bottled mineral water varies in its micronutrient content, with sparkling water containing a higher concentration of minerals than still. It’s important to get your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals. However, these amounts change during different life stages, with pregnancy being one of them. Exclusively drinking bottled water can take the RDA for pregnant women, for certain minerals, over the advised amount.
Tap water can be a source of some beneficial minerals, but it can also contain traces of harmful substances. Elements such as arsenic, fluoride and nitrate can find their way into your tap water. One way to make tap water as safer for you and your bump is to use a water filter.
Which Water Filter is for me?
Depending on your needs and budget, Aquatiere have a range of water filters to suit you. Our whole house water filters ensure that filtered water is delivered to all your appliances as well as through your taps. For targeted filtration at a single source such as a specific tap or appliance, try our budget friendly Point of Use Drinking Water and Appliance Filters.