Local drinking water for everyone, everywhere

Water is one of the prime sources of life. It allows clouds to form, rains to fall and plants to grow. On top of that, our bodies are composed of 50–70% water, undoubtingly confirming the fact that it is the key element that keeps us going. During pregnancy, it is more than ever important to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water has numerous benefits, however, recent studies have shown that mothers must be well aware of what they are drinking. 

The benefits of clean drinking water.

Let’s start with the benefits of safe drinking water. Water is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to our cells, tissues and organs. When you stay hydrated, you are making sure that these essential nutrients are being transported to meet the developmental needs of growing your baby. By obtaining a sufficient amount of water, it can even help to preserve an adequate level of amniotic fluid and potentially even aid fetal kidney functions by facilitating the amount of waste your baby’s kidneys filter.

During pregnancy, insufficient hydration is linked to headaches, cramping and dizziness. On the other hand, some mothers claim that drinking more than 10 glasses of water a day helps alleviate morning sickness, heartburn and indigestion. Doctors argue that hydration becomes even more important during the third trimester, as dehydration is known to trigger contractions that can lead to preterm labour. While safe drinking water has many health benefits, unsafe water can result in a total nightmare.

The horror stories of unsafe water.

Water has great health benefits, but contaminated water cancels out these benefits and even proposes severe risks to pregnant mothers. With the release of the horror story by the French newsgroup BFMTV (article here), they have found that contaminated water has led to the deformation of children. Pregnant mothers had unknowingly been drinking contaminated tap water, which strongly affected the health of their unborn children. This brings us to one of the major pitfalls of water: it can contain contaminants that do not influence its taste.

Although you might think your (tap) water tastes perfectly normal, unknowingly, you might be filling your glass with numerous heavy metals, pesticides, antibiotics or microplastics. According to Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, director of the documentary film “Toxic Baby”, the average American woman today has 30,000 to 50,000 chemicals in her body that her grandparents did not have. Many of these chemicals have been linked to the rapidly rising incidence of chronic childhood diseases.

 

Liselotte van der Lugt