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Would accidental consumption of diluted bleach affect the fetus?

I accidentaly drank diluted bleachbecause our water system was messed up, measuring 220 chlorine instead of between 1-4, i drank about 16 ounces of water before finding out and stopped just now drinking it. am 4 months pregnant, shall i just flush it out with bottled water?
Fri, 11 Jun 2021
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Hi,

Yes, consumption of diluted bleach affect the fetus. Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Vaneet Garg, General & Family Physician
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Would accidental consumption of diluted bleach affect the fetus?

Hi, Yes, consumption of diluted bleach affect the fetus. Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Vaneet Garg, General & Family Physician