High Zinc Regimen While Pregnant


Dear Livitician,
I have a zinc deficiency that causes painful canker sores in my mouth. I have been on a physician prescribed high zinc regimen for about 2 years.

Now that I am pregnant is it sill ok to take a high level of zinc. Is there any point at which it would be considered "too much"?


Hi. You may definitely continue to take zinc, but overconsumption is dangerous and can lead to premature labor or stillbirth.

Take maximum: 20 mg of zinc, including the quantity of zinc that you are taking from your prenatal supplement. So if your prenatal has 15 mg for example, please do not take more than the additional 5 mg. Zinc can interfere with the absorption of Calcium, so take your Calcium supplement separate. Take your zinc and prenatal supplements with food to decrease gastric irritation.

Focus on eating foods with zinc to get the extra zinc that you need, for example, rich sources of zinc, include: egg yolks, fish, milk, molasses (black-strap), sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, turkey, wheat bran, wheat germ, and whole-grain products.

Have a healthy pregnancy!!

Enjoy Liviting!
--Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD

Deborah Klein

Deborah Klein , MS, RD, is the world’s first Livitician™ coach, a term she coined beyond Dietician, counseling clients on nutrition and fitness for 17 years. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise.

At University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology and received her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia. She also completed her Master’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach, which she incorporates into her nutrition counseling to delve into the core of ones’ experiences and thoughts, to identify any barriers to enable long-term health.

Her past career experiences include hosting a TV show in Georgia on Midday News Live, teaching “5 A Day - For Better Health,” working for CNN, Food & Health News and honored as “Registered Dietitian of the Year” by the Spectrum Health Club in Los Angeles. Recently, she was named “Young Dietitian of the Year,” by the American Dietetics Association and served as President of the Los Angeles Dietetics Association.

Currently, Deborah has a private practice where she specializes in weight loss, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, disease prevention, and long-term wellness. She is the author of “200 Superfoods That Will Save Your Life” published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. that details her “Livit” philosophy to achieve one’s wellness goals. Through education and discovering each individual’s full potential, Deborah provides individuals with “A Plan to LIVE for!” She resides in Los Angeles and relishes being a mother of 2 boys, Hayden (8 years) and Eitan (6 years).