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A 42-year-old member asked:

do tums (calcium carbonate) work?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Depends on goal: Tums (calcium carbonate) neutralize stomach acidity and can relieve symptoms of this including gerd. Tums (calcium carbonate) are a good source of calcium and can be used for this purpose. So in fact they do 'work' for these purposes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (Calcium Carbonate) can help reduce symptoms from indigestion, stomach upset & heart burn. It can be used for calcium deficiency.

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Can I take calcium supplements while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Absolutely! especially if your diet is low in calcium. Talk with your doctor about the appropriate amount if you are unsure. In addition, all nursing mothers should continue to take prenatal vitamins at least until your baby has weaned from the breast.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I do have a lot of calcium in my diet. Will that affect my baby's bone structure?

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Yes: Having a diet rich in calcium is ideal for the bone structure and health of both mom and baby. If you don't eat many calcium-rich foods, a calcium supplement may be helpful.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Should I increase my calcium intake to help strengthen my baby's bones?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Calcium is important: As a pregnant woman, you should get 1500 mg of calcium daily in 3 separated doses. This is more for you than for your baby since the baby will take whatever it needs from your system if you don't have enough. You should also make sure that you have enough vitamin d. The only sources are sun and pills. If you live in the midwest or are a woman of color you need about 1-2, 000 units daily.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can an antacid after a heavy meal help reduce my difficulty sleeping?

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Dr. Jay Goldberg
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: An antacid can definitely help, but so can something simple like positional changes. Sitting upright or standing for 3-4 hours after dinner can reduce reflux/heartburn and allow for a better night sleep.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

I am allergic to milk and eggs since birth, how can I improve my calcium levels?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Diet or supplement: Calcium is present in a number of non bovine products. Goat's milk, feta cheese, fortified orange juice, other milk substitutes, etc. It is also readily as a straight calcium pill, often sold with vitamin d added. Another simple source is "tums" that has calcium in its antacid tablets.

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