Do I Require More Calcium When Pregnant with Twins?

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture


Dear Nutritionist,
Hi I was just wondering if I should be taking more calcium than I am while pregnant with twins?

I take 120mg in my blackmores pregnancy tablets and,
600mg worth of caltrate.

I don't really have much milk, but I do eat a fair amount of cheese.

What level do I need to reach when pregnant with twins and should I take more calcium supplements to get there as I do not really like dairy products or is there something else I can eat?

Can a Picky Eater Have a Good Prenatal Diet?

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture


Dear Nutritionist,
I know you're suppose to drink lots of milk but I don't like milk. I didn't even like it before I was pregnant.

I'm also not fond of vegetables. The only veggie I eat are greens and I am a very picky eater.

I've been trying to figure what types of things to eat I have a list from the doctor but it just does not seem be working. What am I suppose to do about this situation?

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Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


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I am a 36-year-old Brazilian mother of a 5-year-old child and would like to have my second baby. The problem is that in 2000 I broke my left knee and later found out I had osteopenia (a phase before the osteoporosis). Later I also had a rib fracture while I was coughing during a cold episode. It has been treated with calcium and vitamin D supplements and it has shown to be stable so far.

Can I Get Too Much Calcium During Pregnancy?

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture


Dear Nutritionist,
My doctor told me that I need to take 1000 mg of calcium a day during my pregnancy. My prenatal vitamins only have 250 mg of it in them, so I bought calcium pills that are 500 mg each. I take one and a half a day with my prenatal. But I also drink a lot of milk, mostly a litre a day. Is this too much calcium?

Thank you.

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