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How much zinc should I get in my diet when I'm pregnant?

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During your pregnancy, you need 11 milligrams of zinc per day. Don't get more than 40 milligrams daily. Oysters are the best source of zinc, but you shouldn't eat raw oysters while you're pregnant. Crab, beef, pork, turkey, chickpeas, beans, nuts, and milk are other good sources. Your body needs the mineral zinc to help your baby develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and boosts the immune system.

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Linus Pauling Institute: Micronutrient Information Center: "Choline." "Essential Fatty Acids." "Potassium." "Riboflavin." "Vitamin B6." "Vitamin B12." "Vitamin C." "Vitamin D." "Zinc."

March of Dimes: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids During Pregnancy."

National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin B6." "Vitamin B12." "Vitamin C." "Vitamin D." Zinc."

National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus: "Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)."

United States Department of Agriculture: "DRI Report—Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline: Chapter 12."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Linus Pauling Institute: Micronutrient Information Center: "Choline." "Essential Fatty Acids." "Potassium." "Riboflavin." "Vitamin B6." "Vitamin B12." "Vitamin C." "Vitamin D." "Zinc."

March of Dimes: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids During Pregnancy."

National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin B6." "Vitamin B12." "Vitamin C." "Vitamin D." Zinc."

National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus: "Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)."

United States Department of Agriculture: "DRI Report—Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline: Chapter 12."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 02, 2018

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