Posted November 06, 2019 08:21:42 While there are no long-term data on the health effects of drinking purified drinking or other filtered water, research suggests the drinking water of some countries could be safe for the pregnant woman, even if it is filtered.
Water quality specialist Dr Robert McEwen said there was good evidence that water that was not filtered or purified was safe for a pregnant woman.
“If you look at the studies that have been done and the results they’ve produced, they’ve all shown the water is safe for most pregnant women,” Dr McEwan said.
“There’s just some things that need to be considered in the specific context of pregnancy, where it may be a concern.”
Dr McElwain said some of the studies had shown that a certain amount of sodium was safe, but others had not shown any adverse effects.
“I think that’s what’s going to be most important for pregnant mothers, is what their body will tell them, what their diet is like, what they’re going to have to put up with in the short term,” Dr MacEwan.
“And then we’ve got to work out what their water treatment systems are, whether they’ve got filters in them, how many people use them, whether there are other types of filtration, and that’s really the first thing to look at.”
Dr MacElwains research has been published in the journal Water Quality.
He said pregnant women had to consider the risk of having babies with birth defects.
“You can’t get pregnant just by drinking water,” he said.
“[But] if you’re not sure whether you’re pregnant, it’s probably safe to drink filtered water.”
Dr McGarry said there were also some concerns that some countries may not be doing enough to ensure that pregnant women are drinking water that is not filtered.
“Australia has a very high level of contaminants in the water,” Dr McGarr said.”[And] if it’s filtered, there are all sorts of things in the filter that can affect the fetus.”
‘We don’t have a good answer’ for pregnant woman ‘We’re trying to work our way through that and we’re not quite sure what the best answer is.’
“We’re not trying to be alarmist and say, ‘Oh, you should do this or you should not do this’ because we don’t really know how long it’s going, what’s the long term impact, what the long- term consequences are, we don.t have a great answer for that,” Dr McDougall said.
Dr McDougal said the water was often considered safe to give to a pregnant mother for several months.
But if that water was contaminated, that would not be good.
“But if you give it to a woman that has a health condition that you think is a concern, we can get her treated there and that can be helpful, but it’s not always the best option,” she said.
The ABC has asked the Federal Government about whether it had any plans to introduce restrictions on tap water that were stricter than those already in place in some parts of Australia.
It is unclear if the Government would introduce restrictions that were similar to those currently in place, or if it would simply take action to limit the amount of tap water in some locations.