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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Lactose Intolerance During Pregnancy

Whether you're wondering if you could be lactose intolerant, or you know you are and you want to know how to keep yourself and baby healthy throughout pregnancy, we've got answers to all your questions.

What’s the best way to treat lactose intolerance?

You can avoid dairy altogether. If you can’t tolerate cow’s milk, try almond, soy or rice milk. Calcium is also in kale, broccoli and salmon. Some women with lactose intolerance can handle yogurt, so you might want to try it to see how it goes.

It can be hard to reach the recommended pregnancy intake of 1,200 mg of calcium per day without eating or drinking dairy, so many pregnant women who are lactose intolerant take calcium supplements. If you’re choosing between a calcium carbonate and a calcium citrate supplement, Michelle Collins, CNM, an assistant professor of nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University, recommends going with the citrate. “Calcium citrate is much more absorbable and doesn’t cause constipation, so it tends to work better for pregnant women.”

You can also try Lactaid, which is an over-the-counter form of lactase that allows you to digest lactose (and eat dairy!).

What can I do to prevent lactose intolerance?

You can’t prevent lactose intolerance, but you can manage the symptoms.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have lactose intolerance?

“I think I may have developed an intolerance to lactose over the last three months... I have been keeping track of my reaction to dairy and it is becoming increasingly unpleasant... I mainly have problems with just straight milk. Most cheese and yogurts don't cause me nearly as much discomfort! I have been taking calcium supplements throughout the pregnancy…”

“Around the beginning of my second trimester I realized that milk was making me suffer. Anything containing real cream is even worse. [So I’m avoiding those.]”

Are there any other resources for lactose intolerance?

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Gas During Pregnancy

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