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Can i take a separate calcium vitamin whilst pregnant, and what would be a safe vitamin to take. this is over and above my pregnancy vitamin which contains 500mg of calcium which i believe is not sufficient?

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Dr. David Ellis
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Calcium in pregnancy: The requirements for calcium are the same for pregnant and nonpregnant females. (IOM 2011)The amount is between 1000mg and 1200mg daily. Preferably this can be achieved through your diet. If dietary changes and lifestyle modifications are insufficient, calcium carbonate can be added but you should work closely with your obstetrician about dose. More is not better.

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