is it safe to take calcium supplements while pregnant?

Canada
November 24, 2008 3:55pm CST
i am 5 months pregnant with twins. with twins, i was told to get 6-8 calcium servings per day. every time i drink milk or have any other dairy product, phlegm builds up in my throat and i vomit. i called my doctor about this but i can't get in to see her for another 3 weeks. is it safe for me to take calcium supplements instead while i'm pregnant?
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@cornyman (1128)
• Germany
25 Nov 08
Hello princessmel, it's so great when someone is blessed to get twins. Sure, in this circumstances there is more to care about the vitamins otherwise the strength of the kids and their weight maybe too low on birth. Calcium is needed but when the women get pregnant the body automatically can absorb calcium much better than on other times. That means the body takes care of it because he knows the need and storage of calcium is essential in the coming days, weeks and months. For producing strong bones and teeth and regulating the blood pressure. If you don't like to eat/drink anymore diary products, you also could choose to take Calcium-fortified products (like juices, toast bread and so on). Read the ingredients during pregnancy more carefully to choose the one with additional vitamins then the need for supplements (extra costs) will be minimized. Try a cup of cooked broccoli. It contains already 180 mg calcium. If you decide to take calcium supplements, take the ones who contain calcium citrate. They can be best absorbed by the human body, avoid calcium lactate it's often used because it's cheaper but less effective and you need mostly more pills to cover the requirement of 1.000 to 1.200 mg calcium a day. Hope you get through your pregnancy smoothly the next months. Good luck wishes cornyman!
• Canada
25 Nov 08
thanks so much for all that great information
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@annjilena (5620)
• United States
25 Nov 08
yes you can use calcium supplements what happens is the baby uses up all the calcium and you have to replace it and by you having twins yours pobably really low in calcium your supplement works well with you trying to drink milk you have to protect your bones as well as the childrens.but check with your doctor to make sure it,s ok good luck on having your twins
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• Canada
25 Nov 08
thanks for your advice
@hildas (3031)
24 Nov 08
I think oy would be safe to take calcium while you are pregnant, but you really need to speakto the Doctor. I found this for you. Pregnant, lactating and menopausal women need 1200 milligrams of calcium per day. If you are taking more than this dose I would cut it down to the recommended one here. I found this too. I hope it helps: It is important that pregnant women get the recommended daily amount of calcium (1,200 mg a day) that they need. Women who don’t get the recommended amount of calcium during pregnancy run the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life, as the growing fetus takes calcium from their mothers’ bones. Pregnant women to ensure that they and their babies have enough calcium generally take prenatal vitamins that contain about 100-200 mg of calcium a day. Calcium helps to build babies’ bones and helps to lower mothers’ blood pressure or prevent pregnancy-induced hypertension due to low calcium intake. Calcium is also found to have positive effects on birth weights and contribute to a low blood pressure for infants. Double check the dose you are taking. I hope you are ok.
• Canada
24 Nov 08
thanks so much for all that information.
• United States
24 Nov 08
If you ever have any questions about your pregnancy you can always ask your doctor, nurse or midwife. When i was pregnant my doctor had me take iron supplements so it may be an option for you. They also has prenatal vitamins plus iron or plus calcium, depending on what you are deficient in, so give your doctor a call!
• Canada
24 Nov 08
i have called my doctor as i stated above but can't get in to talk to them for 3 more weeks...that's why i put this discussion, hoping that someone else will know for sure if it's safe to take or not