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im allergic to dairy and im afraid that i am not gettting enough calcium. in the past i was not too concerned, i eat lots of broccoli and kale and almond butter and stuff like that... but everything that i am reading is making it sound like i cant possibly get enough calcium without eating dairy! any vegan mommas out there? can someone give me some ideas about how to add more calcium to my diet? i would much rather get what i need from food than suppliments... and most of the calcium food lists that i find have a lot of stuff like "calcium fortified orange juice"... isnt that the same as just taking a calcium pill? any help would be appreciated.
 

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I wonder about this too. My son is allergic to dairy and so this bun in the oven might have the same allergies so I was thinking of cutting out dairy especially the farther along I get. Anyways I have read that calcium citrate is the best form of calcium and you should take magnesium with it. Calcium is in alot of foods natural or fortified.<br>
I would think between a balanced and varied diet as well as prenatals and maybe a little extra calcium you should be fine. I would also take vitamin c with your calcium it helps it absorb better.<br>
Alot of what i have read seems to be influenced by the dairy industry. You dont need dairy to get enough calcium or vitamin d. My son does eat eggs but he doesnt eat any dairy and he is fine with his multivit and mineral and added calcium. He doesnt even get orange juice due to allergies and he doesnt eat many veggies due to food aversions and since adding the supps his calcium has gotten better.<br>
Good luck and maybe ask on the allergy forum
 

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I'm allergic to dairy and was also really worried about it, but everyone (dr's & midwife) seem to think it's fine. I eat lots of dark green veggies and almond butter & stuff too (when they don't make me want to hurl these days). I also often drink the orange juice with calcium added.<br><br>
A great way to get calcium is also through stinging nettle tea--if you brew it and then let it sit for a few hours, even overnight in a non-metal/plastic container it makes it quite concentrated. It's a bit gross that way (in my oppinion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ), but okay warm and you can take the edge off the bitterness if you mix in a little oatstraw. Or I just chug it in the morning and tell myself I am doing better for my body than a glass of milk. You should be able to buy the nettles in bulk at your health food store and they can tell you about how to prepare it.<br><br>
How are you with milk products from other animals? I just discovered that I can eat goat cheese really easily, which is (from what I have read) a better source of calcium than cow cheese. I love goat cheese, but can't vouch for the flavour of goat yogurt and milk, but a lot of (other) people do like it.
 

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I just took an extra calcium pill.
 

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I'm allergic to dairy, but also wheat (which I cannot cut out completely), eggs, and soy. I have a big problem getting calcium. I've been having lots of trouble with nausea, and sometimes feel that I just can't eat anything at all. Because I'm very high risk, my peri has me taking 2 Tums each day for calcium. I was going to try pills, but I keep throwing up any and all pills I take. I'm getting better about being able to eat, but I still worry about my nutrition.
 
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