An Overview of Chromium Picolinate and Pregnancy
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.