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Are chromium supplements safe for pregnant or nursing women?

You should be able to take chromium supplements in appropriate doses if you are pregnant, but check with your doctor first to be sure it’s okay for you. For pregnant teenagers ages 14 to 18, the appropriate dose is 29 micrograms (mcg) a day; for pregnant women ages 19 to 50, it is 30 mcg. It may be safe at higher doses, but you should check with your doctor first.

Women who have gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy, have been given large doses of chromium in some studies, and these appear to be safe. But do not take more than the amounts listed above without talking with your doctor. If you have gestational diabetes, you need to work closely with your doctor to make sure you give birth to a healthy baby, and stay healthy yourself.

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