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Doctor insights on: Amount Of Calcium Needed For Pregnant Women

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How many cups of water should a pregnant drinks per day and what food is recommended for her in the 1st trimester of pregnancy?Is folic acid required?

How many cups of water should a pregnant drinks per day and what food is recommended for her in the 1st trimester of pregnancy?Is folic acid required?

Stay healthy,: During pregnancy, for starters, 5-6 eight-ounce glasses of water will do. As for foods, if the expectant mother is a healthy eater normally, she can usually continue her current diet, avoiding uncooked/undercooked meats and fish. Folic acid is highly recommended, to prevent neural tube defects. Folic acid should be taken during 1month before conception and for 3 months after conception. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How much calcium intake is needed for women before and after menopause?

How much calcium intake is needed for women before and after menopause?

Diet: It's most important to get great calcium in your diet if possible and avoid supplements. Recent evidence has shown that taking increased amounts of calcium don't necessarily help, and can lead to conditions such as kidney stones. 1000mg or so of calcium and 600-800 of vitamin d are common amounts recommended. But as i said, best is to get in diet. Look on-line for calcium rich foods. ...Read more

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What is the amount of Folic acid needed per day during pregnancy? is this amount the same for all women or it depends on some conditions?

What is the amount of Folic acid needed per day during pregnancy? is this amount the same for all women or it depends on some conditions?

Folic Acid: If there is a family hx of neural tube defects than higher folic acid levels may be recommended. Most women should get 600 mcg each day when pregnant. ...Read more

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Which benefits does a pregnant woman gain from iron, calcium, and phosphorus?

Which benefits does a pregnant woman gain from iron, calcium, and phosphorus?

Essential ingrediant: Better living for the body through chemistry! po4, fe, and ca are the chemical symbols for the above ingredients and the body uses them all in pregnancy for assimilating another new product.(baby). ...Read more

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Does 'Well Woman 50+' daily dosage have same amount of iron & folic acid as of once a week dosage of 'Orofer XT' ?

Does 'Well Woman 50+' daily dosage have same amount of iron & folic acid as of once a week dosage of 'Orofer XT' ?

Iron: I suggest that you look at the labeling as that is the best and most exact way to determine that ...Read more

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9 weeks pregnant, what are the protein drinks recommended for pregnant women?

9 weeks pregnant, what are the protein drinks recommended for pregnant women?

Eat healthier...: A healthy, well blanced diet of cooked meat/fish, leafy veggies, daries, carbs, and prenatal vitamins are better than any supplement during pregnancy. None of the protein drinks are "recommended"--they can be used if needed. Remember, these are processed foods and contain preservatives. So keep active, eat well, see you OB regularly. Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck to you. ...Read more

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What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?

What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?

Prevent Spina Bifida: Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal vertebrae do not close properly and the spinal cord is not protected. There are several types of spina bifida, all of which can be prevented with folic acid. Folic acid is also important for making dna and development of the neurological system - especially the spinal cord and vertebrae. ...Read more

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I take 1200 milligrams of calcium and vitamin d a day. Is this a good amount. Is to much calcium have any negative effects. I have skeletal osteopeni?

I take 1200 milligrams of calcium and vitamin d a day. Is this a good amount. Is to much calcium have any negative effects.  I have skeletal osteopeni?

Recommended amount: CarolynM208, For your age and gender, it is recommended to take about 1200-1500mg of calcium per day along with about 1000 IU / day of Vit D. In addition, if able, you should engage in weight bearing exercise and eat a well balanced diet. If you have been diagnosed with osteopenia and are at risk for fracture, your doctor may recommend medications that can help with bone density. ...Read more

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Is vitamin d supplement recommended for pregnant women with a level of 22? Will low vit D affect baby/pregnancy? Safe to take with prenatals?

Is vitamin d supplement recommended for pregnant women with a level of 22? Will low vit D affect baby/pregnancy? Safe to take with prenatals?

Very important : Vitamin D3 is a critical hormone and plays an important role in fetal development. An optimal level is 50ng/dl so you need to supplement. Work with your doctor to put a plan in place. Go here for more information http://m.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Vitamin-D-Screening-and-Supplementation-During-Pregnancy?IsMobileSet=true ...Read more

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If the blood test shows you are iron deficient, and over 65 yrs old, what is the recommended amount of iron that needs to be taken per day?

If the blood test shows you are iron deficient, and over 65 yrs old, what is the recommended amount of iron that needs to be taken per day?

Find the cause: You're a middle-aged man and if you're iron-deficient, you've got a bleeding ulcer or cancer until proved otherwise, unless it's the result of ill-advised vegetarianism or overzealous blood donation. The exact amount you take for replacement depends more on how much you can tolerate than any specific formula. ...Read more

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Is taking citracal safe if having a history of kidney stones due to lack of adequate calcium supplementation?

Is taking citracal safe if having a history of kidney stones due to lack of adequate calcium supplementation?

Calcium: It may seem strange to take calcium to help prevent kidney stone, but this can be one of the beneficial measures to take to prevent stones. Most kidney stones are calcium oxylate. If you take oral calcium, the calcium binds with oxylate in the GI tract and is eliminated through the intestine. Oxylate that is not bound in the GI tract enters the blood stream and can end up in the kidney. ...Read more

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What is the minimum amount of sperm needed for conception?

What is the minimum amount of sperm needed for conception?

Hard to answer: Probably best ans is at least 1 cc of semen having at least 10-15 million active sperm. We know it takes about 40 sperm working on the egg trying to penetrate the wall of the egg for one ...or occasionally 2 or 3 to get in and fertilize. Yes the semen needs to be there on or about the time of ovulation. Now, the more semen and the more sperm the better. ...Read more

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Female 30 + would Star flower oil 1000mg for Breast pain be good but what amount of GLA is useful to balance hormone levels ? Is this a good amount?

Female 30 + would Star flower oil 1000mg for Breast pain be good
but what amount of GLA is useful
to balance hormone levels ?
Is this a good amount?

Unproven effects: Scientific studies do not clearly show that Star flower oil is safe and effective. Without further evidence we can not recommend its use. Breast pain should be evaluated by a doctor to make sure nothing is abnormal before determining that it is hormonal sensitivity ...Read more

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Can i take a regular woman's vitamin like vita-vim for women and a folic acid supplement of 1000mcg while pregnant instead of a prenatal vitamin?

Can i take a regular woman's vitamin like vita-vim for women and a folic acid supplement of 1000mcg while pregnant instead of a prenatal vitamin?

Prenatal vitamins: Its probably ok to do this, but if the issue is the vitamin is too big, ask for a chewable. If it makes you nauseated ask for one that has something in it to help with the nausea or take it at night. In addition talk to your OB about your need of an essential fatty acid called dha, which is good for fetal brain and eye development. ...Read more

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Should women take DHA capsule during pregnancy? if so, when to start? What's the best ratio of DHA:EPA? And what's doses recommended for pregnancy?

Should women take DHA capsule during pregnancy? if so, when to start? What's the best ratio of DHA:EPA? And what's doses recommended for pregnancy?

DHA in pregnancy: Research indicates that the two most beneficial Omega-3s are EPA and DHA Although EPA and DHA naturally occur together and work together in the body, studies show that each fatty acid has unique benifits EPA supports the heart and immune system, DHA supports the brain,eyes, and central nervous system which is why it is uniquely important for pregnant and lactating women 300 mg DHA daily ...Read more