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Are there side-effects to taking calcium while pregnant?

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Supplements may make you feel bloated, gassy, or constipated. If they do, try taking the calcium supplement with food. Or talk with your doctor about taking a different type or brand of calcium supplement.

Too much calcium may cause kidney stones and prevent your body from absorbing zinc and iron, which you need to stay healthy.

Don't take more than 2,500 mg of calcium each day (3,000 mg if you're 18 or younger) while pregnant.

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Eat Right During Pregnancy"

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health"

March of Dimes: "Vitamins and minerals during pregnancy"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium"

Nemours Foundation: "Your Baby's Development"

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, National Resource Center: "Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Eat Right During Pregnancy"

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health"

March of Dimes: "Vitamins and minerals during pregnancy"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium"

Nemours Foundation: "Your Baby's Development"

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, National Resource Center: "Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 25, 2018

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