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Why is it important to get enough zinc when I'm pregnant?

Zinc is essential for the normal development of the fetus and placenta during pregnancy. Zinc deficiency has been linked to neural tube defects and certain kinds of retardation and learning impairments. (Note: Although sufficient iron is important during pregnancy, supplementation with large amounts of iron can interfere with the absorption of zinc.) Top zinc sources include Alaskan king crab, white beans and lentils.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Low levels of zinc have been shown to be related to increased birth defects, low birth rate, miscarriage, and even behavior problems.
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