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What You Can and Can't Drink During Pregnancy

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How much water should I drink during pregnancy?

Getting enough fluids supports a healthy pregnancy. The current recommendation advises drinking 8–12 cups of water each day during pregnancy.

It’s important to drink throughout the day, not just when you are thirsty.

Is it OK to drink tap water during pregnancy?

The quality of water in public water-supply systems is regulated by specific state agencies.

In most cases, tap water is safe to consume when pregnant. However, if the water is cloudy or has an unusual taste or smell, consider switching to bottled water or installing a water filtration system.

Is it safe to drink water from plastic bottles?

Today, it can be hard to avoid food and beverages with plastic packaging.

Some plastics contain bisphenol A (BPA), and the scientific data on how it affects infants is limited and controversial. When possible, choose water in glass or plastic bottles that don't contain this chemical.

Is it safe for pregnant women to drink mineral water?

Mineral water is a suitable alternative to purified water during pregnancy, as it doesn't contain sugar, colorants, or preservatives.

However, it shouldn't replace regular water in your diet. Mineral water is high in sodium salts, which can induce swelling if consumed regularly.

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