Chromium Picolinate and Pregnancy

It is not known if chromium picolinate supplements (which contain high doses of chromium) are safe for use during pregnancy. Taking chromium picolinate during pregnancy may cause free-radical damage to the DNA within the cells, which could be dangerous for an unborn child. If you are taking chromium picolinate and pregnancy occurs, you should talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of taking the supplement.

An Overview of Chromium Picolinate and Pregnancy

Chromium picolinate is a mineral that is required by humans in very low amounts. It is often included in weight loss supplements and supplements designed to help control blood sugar. While most Americans get enough chromium through their diets, pregnant women may not get enough chromium (because more chromium is needed during pregnancy).

Is Chromium Picolinate Safe for Pregnant Women?

Chromium picolinate in prenatal vitamins is probably safe (and beneficial) for most pregnant women. However, you should not take any additional chromium picolinate. For pregnant women, only about 30 mcg of chromium is recommended per day. Most chromium picolinate supplements (other than those found in multivitamins or prenatal vitamins) contain way more than the recommended amount. It is not known if these high doses are safe for pregnant women. There is some evidence that chromium picolinate (but not other forms of chromium) may cause free-radical damage to the DNA within the cells, which could be especially dangerous for a developing fetus.
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement. You and your healthcare provider can consider the possible risks and benefits of using chromium picolinate in your particular situation, as well as any other treatment alternatives.
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