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Do you all drink tap water?

22 replies

Wateryoudo · 25/07/2020 08:14

I'm expecting some of you to say/think I'm mad but before you do - I read Rebecca Fett's It Starts With The Egg before TTC and Brain Health from Birth post conception and have taken most (not all suggestions) on board. I'm not totally convinced on some of the points but some are reasonably robustly supported by research.

As per recommendation I used a water filter before conceiving and at beginning of first trimester and then I was so sick and exhausted I didn't sort it out and have been drinking unfiltered tap water ever since.

I'm sure though this is fairly normal in UK, isn't it?

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bogoblin · 25/07/2020 08:23

I drink tap water and lots of it! It's fine to drink here so I'd imagine most women do. Imagine if we all absolutely had to drink filtered while pregnant?

My mum did have a Moment where she tried to convince me to drink filtered because fluoride would make my baby stupid or something but I pointed out that she didn't and I turned out just fine. Not to give you a fear of fluoride there! Just people can go a bit mad when you're pregnant and think that everything is bad for you.

lockdownpregnancy · 25/07/2020 08:30

I've drank water and squash using tap water all the way through mine and I'm nearly 31 weeks. Nothing wrong with me or baby.
It would be totally unrealistic to do and not do everything the books tell you!
Plus I think (only my opinion) reading all of these sort of books can heighten anxiety and stress levels as you'll be constantly on edge about things.
Your MW will let you know what can and can't eat and drink, but water definitely won't be one them.
Good luck in your pregnancy 💐💐💐

WhatWouldPennyDo · 25/07/2020 08:58

Yes, plenty

BeMorePacific · 25/07/2020 09:03

Yes plenty here too.
Our tap water is lovely 😊

pregnancydiet · 25/07/2020 09:10

I drink tap water, I live in Scotland though.

I don't drink the tap water in the south of England though, it's vile.

Footlooseandfancy · 25/07/2020 09:11

I'd put the books down. Or in a bin. Or on a bonfire.

Umberta · 25/07/2020 10:42

Yes, of course! Omg what is this latest madness, please throw away that book. Also, one vote in favour of our hard southern water :D when I visit the in laws in Derbyshire their soft tap water tastes weird. Hard water has extra minerals which are good for you!

DappledThings · 25/07/2020 11:05

Yes, of course! Omg what is this latest madness, please throw away that book.

Yep, this.

ILikeGinAndCake · 25/07/2020 11:38

I think you might be overthinking things somewhat. Why exactly would our tap water be bad? I’ve drank tap water with both my children, now pregnant with my third again drinking tap water.

I think it might be time to bin the book.

Bearcub01 · 25/07/2020 11:48

Yes, I’m in Scotland so our water is great to drink. I fill up a jug and a glass bottle every day and keep it in the fridge so it’s nice and cold. Have at least 8 glasses a day.

TheSunIsStillShining · 25/07/2020 12:16

Unless you have an underlying medical issue tap water is perfectly fine.
There are rare cases like mine where I get a week's diarrhea from only even 1 glass. I have to drink mineral water. But this is extreme.

AverageAbility · 25/07/2020 12:17

It didn't occur to me not to? I have had 3 healthy DC. We are fortunate in the UK to be able to have clean tap water.

steppemum · 25/07/2020 12:28

Tap water all the way here.

While I do understand using a water filter, I would never drink bottled water, which has been shown to be pretty poor quality by comparison with goo old tap water.

MichelleOR84 · 25/07/2020 13:32

I only drink tap water and plenty of it . I didn’t know it mattered 🤷‍♀️

theconstantinoplegardener · 25/07/2020 15:11

Isn't bottled water full of pthalates from the plastic, which cause endocrine disruption in the baby? I drunk tap water.

FizzingWhizzbee123 · 25/07/2020 15:19

Yes, of course. Good grief, how do you think anyone manages to have babies if tap water is an issue?!

MariaDingbat · 25/07/2020 15:24


Unless you have an underlying medical issue tap water is perfectly fine.
There are rare cases like mine where I get a week's diarrhea from only even 1 glass. I have to drink mineral water. But this is extreme.

I'm the same! I have no idea why I react that way but it's definitely tap water causing it, even if I drink it in work or other peoples houses. I grew up rurally and we had our own well so maybe that's it?
bananamuffin99 · 25/07/2020 15:42

I drink filtered water, but that is because I moved to London and I can not stand the taste of the tap water. Vile!!!

TheGoldenApplesOfTheSun · 25/07/2020 22:03

Tap water every day here! Pop it in a jug in the fridge or just drink it straight from the tap. There should be no reason not to drink water in the UK - it's very carefully treated and in some areas will have minerals etc that are actively good for you! (And fur up your kettle).

I think books like It Starts With The Egg are pretty alarmist and also written from an American perspective. Their tap water especially in certain areas genuinely is bad for you, not properly treated etc. Eg Flint, Michigan with their lead in tapwater problem. But that's thankfully not an issue here!

Hanrora06 · 25/07/2020 22:40

I think this is definitely an American thing. I read a post on Facebook from an American once asking about if other people drink tap water and i was pretty shocked, though tbh I'm sure that was them worrying unnecessarily also. Though i also didn't know they can't use kettles there as their electricity isn't powerful enough! Strange place. But here in the UK all tap water is safe. I drink it every day and always have done.

bengalcat · 12/09/2020 13:09

I , my DC and pets have only ever had tap water including when eating out .

Fluffy40 · 12/09/2020 13:17

I hate our local water, near London, but it’s lovely in Devon !

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