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    Lactose Intolerant

    Hi,

    I am on my 24th week of pregnancy and I never drink milk. I am lactose intolerant and I take calcium supplement every day. Would this have a negative effect on my baby? Would Calcium supplement suffice for not drinking milk?

    Thanks
    Charline

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    Hi Charline,

    When you are pregnant you need enough Calcium to help with the baby's development (for example, for building the baby's bones). Therefore, I would check with your doctor that the amount of Calcium you are taking as a supplement is sufficient now that you are pregnant. I believe you should be getting 1,000 mg of Calcium a day.

    There are also other ways to make sure you have enough Calcium, without drinking milk. Many non-dairy foods contain plenty of Calcium including: baked beans, spinach, oatmeal, broccoli, cabbage and almonds. You can also drink Calcium-fortified drinks such as soy and orange juice. Another good tip is to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D as Calcium can only be used by the body if you have enough Vitamin D in your body. You can get Vitamin D through being in the sun as well as food like eggs.

    I hope this helps.

    Best wishes,

    LJ

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    Thank you!

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