When it comes to your pregnancy, what you put into your body is one of the most important factors for having a healthy baby. The Environmental Working Group has spent more than 20 years researching how to make sure your water is safe. We’ve collected some of our most important tips to share with you at PAM.
WATER REPORT: First of all, it’s super important to find out exactly what’s in your water. You can contact your local utility or use EWG’s National Drinking Water Database to access a water-quality report. The EPA also has a Safe Drinking Water Hotline, which can be reached at 800-426-4791.
GO UNLEADED: Lead is a neurotoxin that can leach into water from pipes. To reduce your exposure, use cold water for cooking and run the water at the tap for a few minutes before use. This is especially important when your baby is older and you’re mixing formula or food with water.
BAN THE BOTTLE: Bottled water is expensive and isn’t necessarily cleaner than tap water. Our tap water is tested weekly by the EPA; in contrast, bottled water manufacturers aren’t required to disclose what’s in their water. Also, many plastic bottles contain toxic chemicals that can leach into the water. Your best option for clean water is to filter your tap.
FIND A FILTER: There are so many filters to choose from! Choose a filter that’s certified to take out pollutants in the water where you live. Affordable carbon filters remove lead and toxic chemicals, while reverse osmosis filters cost a bit more but take out substances that carbon can’t, such as arsenic, chromium and perchlorate. For more, take a look at EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide.
TAKE IT TO GO: Most of all, it’s important to stay hydrated during pregnancy, so you’ll need a safe option to take your water on the go. Look for stainless steel containers—even plastics marked BPA-free can contain toxic chemicals. And if you are drinking from a plastic bottle, please don’t reuse it: The plastic can harbor bacteria and release more toxic chemicals as it breaks down. EWG’s Safe Drinking Water Guide has more great tips.
Thank you so much to the uber talented photography by Ingrid Franz Moriarty!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by Rachel Sarnoff, EWG, mommy greenest, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Rachel Sarnoff, mommy greenest, or EWG. Consult with your own medical provider regarding your individual health questions or concerns.