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Why you need chromium during pregnancy
Chromium is a mineral that helps your body break down and store fats, carbohydrates, and protein. It also works with the hormone insulin to maintain a normal level of glucose in your body. This is especially important if you're diabetic or become diabetic during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
Chromium (along with insulin) also promotes the building of proteins in your developing baby's growing tissues.
How much chromium you need
Pregnant women ages 19 to 50: 30 micrograms (mcg) a day (29 mcg if you're 18 or younger)
Breastfeeding women: 45 mcg a day (44 mcg if you're 18 or younger)
Nonpregnant women ages 19 to 50: 25 mcg per day
You don't have to get the recommended amount of chromium every day. Instead, aim for that amount as an average over the course of a few days or a week.
Food sources of chromium
Brewer's yeast is a concentrated source of chromium, containing as much as 60 mcg per tablespoon. Other good sources include:
- 1/2 cup broccoli: 11 mcg
- 3 ounces turkey or ham (processed): 10.4 mcg
- 1 cup grape juice: 7.5 mcg
- one waffle (about 2.5 ounces): 6.7 mcg
- one whole wheat English muffin: 3.6 mcg
- 1 cup mashed potatoes: 2.7 mcg
- one bagel: 2.5 mcg
- 1 cup orange juice: 2.2 mcg
- 3 ounces beef: 2.0 mcg
- 3 ounces turkey breast: 1.7 mcg
- one medium apple, with peel: 1.4 mcg
- 1/2 cup green beans: 1.1 mcg
- one medium banana: 1.0 mcg
Do you need a supplement?
You don't need – and shouldn't take – chromium supplements in addition to the amount that's included in your prenatal vitamin. Although pregnant women are at higher risk of a chromium deficiency, some forms of the mineral may be unsafe in large amounts during pregnancy.
You can meet your needs by including chromium-rich foods in your diet such as poultry, fish, meats, eggs, and bran cereal.
If you're concerned that you may have a chromium deficiency, talk with your healthcare provider.