This may be surprising, and yet. A pregnant woman had a seizure after drinking too much water. She did not present any particular risk factor.
The story is reported in the BMJ Case Report. According to the report published by the doctors seized of the file, the woman in question was thirty-three years old and she was expecting her first child. Approaching her term, she began to feel contractions.
She then went to the maternity ward, where she was immediately admitted to the delivery room.
A seizure after drinking too much water in the labor room
The labor lasted for nineteen hours, including four hours for the last stage of labor. During this time, she was invited to drink as much water as she wanted and according to her thirst. No one controlled the amount of water ingested.
However, shortly after childbirth, the patient was struck by powerful tremors. The doctor who intervened immediately diagnosed an epileptic seizure. Fortunately, he was quick to react and he administered treatment to the young mother to prevent the situation from getting out of hand.
She was then placed under observation for a few hours before returning home.
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Doctors later determined that the cause of the epileptic seizure in the labor room was due to water ingested during labor. Note that this diagnosis was made by several specialists, each in their own discipline.
According to their report, this young mother would therefore have suffered from an underlying pathology introduced by too much water intake. They also specify that this case is the only one to their knowledge, but it seemed important to them to report it to limit the risk of it affecting other patients.
Finally, it should be noted that the water is not toxic. In fact, it is everywhere. Our fruits and vegetables are 95% water. A detail that is important since when we are advised to drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water per day, this also includes the food ingested.
In an article published in 2018, Le Figaro also warned consumers by advising them not to go overboard. Excessive ingestion of water (within 10 liters per day) can indeed serve the body, in that it adapts to this important water supply.