Short answer: Filter thee water, then boil it before consuming it during pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, you are more aware and discerning about what you eat and drink in general and water is important. You are advised to drink a lot of water and fluids during pregnancy as well. You need to be careful of the water you drink.
Typically, filtered & then boiled water is safe to drink during pregnancy.
But it’s possible your tap water might contain high levels of lead. Galvanised water pipes use lead. Unfortunately, these are very prevalent in India's water supply infrastructure and in our buildings especially the older buildings.
Lead can have adverse effects on everyone, but children and unborn babies face the greatest risk. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery and cause low birth weight and developmental delays in the baby1.
Here are some suggestions to avoid/minimize the likelihood of lead in tap water:
In addition, you should get your filter serviced regularly to ensure that it continues to work properly. It does not remove lead but can remove other impurities.
Now, you can relax and enjoy that glass of filtered, boiled water.
1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, "Screening for Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women: Recommendation Statement", December 2006. Originally published in Pediatrics 2006;118:2514-18. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
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