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mollyeilis's Avatar mollyeilis 01:08 AM 05-10-2004
Hi there,

I promise I would do a search, but my brain can't take it right now.

I've read through bunches of waterbirth threads, and found out that the hose to fill the birth pool should be of a special quality that you can drink from it, and from reading the back of hose packages I figure it should be one through which you can run hot water.

But...I can't find anything like that.

We looked at all the hoses at Sears (from $5 to $50), and none of them allow hot water. We looked over in the water heater section, but all they had was thin tubing that couldn't be hooked up to our water.

So what do we do? Does the hot water thing *really* matter? I'm not going to be drinking it, and I'm not sure that baby will be either (if baby is indeed born in the pool), so could we just go with the cheapo hose from Sears?

Hubby will drop by a waterbed store tomorrow, but frankly we're not sure what to ask at this point to get a hose that won't leach plastic into the water. I don't even know that a waterbed hose is made for hot water, since they have heaters that generally heat the water after you fill the bed.

I'm at a loss, can anyone tell me exactly what kind of hose to get, and where to get it?

Thanks in advance!!!!!!!

georgia's Avatar georgia 01:26 AM 05-10-2004
We got a drinking water-safe hose at Hell-Mart (hose is white w/blue stripe). In the automotive section---they sell them for RVs.....they're pretty inexpensive, too. I'm really glad b/c I was just recently reading in a totally mainstream magazine about the chemicals produced inside regular water hoses when they sit in the sun......
gossamer's Avatar gossamer 03:22 AM 05-10-2004
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KKmama's Avatar KKmama 10:38 AM 05-10-2004
What about the clear plastic tubing you use to fill fishtanks? A good pet-related store should have some in bulk. Also a good hardware store...

A lot of hoses are made using lead. If you look at new garden hoses, you'll see they now generally have warnings not to drink from them...
pamamidwife's Avatar pamamidwife 01:07 PM 05-10-2004
Any RV / potable hose will work great. YOu can usually find it at Home Depot or Lowe's. They're white and even though they say "not for hot water", it's fine to use for the birth!
mollyeilis's Avatar mollyeilis 06:00 PM 05-10-2004
Thanks everyone!

The clear aquarium tubing...is it proper hose-sized? Does it have a fitting to go over a faucet? If not, how would one get the water through?



Pam, so the warning against hot water is OK to flaunt in this case? I think we'll be looking at Hell (AKA WalMart) later from the first suggestion, for that drinking-water-safe hose, but extra reassurance about hot water would be extraspecialcool.
pamamidwife's Avatar pamamidwife 11:01 PM 05-10-2004
yeah, it's just a warning because long term hot water use can break down the hose.
mollyeilis's Avatar mollyeilis 11:03 PM 05-10-2004
Thank you.

Hey, I lurk in the WWatchers thread (planning on doing their breastfeeding-modified program as soon as I'm capable after baby's born, because the poor hubby needs some help to stay on the program!) and wanted to say congrats, Pam. Good job!
pamamidwife's Avatar pamamidwife 03:31 AM 05-11-2004
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Originally Posted by mollyeilis
Thank you.

Hey, I lurk in the WWatchers thread (planning on doing their breastfeeding-modified program as soon as I'm capable after baby's born, because the poor hubby needs some help to stay on the program!) and wanted to say congrats, Pam. Good job!
thanks so much! I'm really motivated by the great loss. I always thought WW was somewhat cheesey, but now I'm sold! I'm considering becoming a lifetime member after reaching my goal!
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