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Special Concerns

Special Concerns

Here are a list of some special concerns you may have and how you should handle them.


If you are a vegetarian make sure that you include enough protein and vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin D in your diet. Your pharmacist can answer questions and recommend a supplement to meet your needs.

If you are lactose intolerant you may need to take a calcium supplement (often combined with vitamin D) if you are unable to get enough calcium from foods such as yogurt, cheese, sardines, salmon with bones, spinach or fortified orange juice. Your pharmacist can answer questions and recommend a supplement to meet your needs.

Mercury may be found in high amounts in fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish. You should avoid these types of fish during pregnancy. You may safely eat up to 12 ounces daily of other cooked fish as well as shellfish, canned fish, small ocean fish or farm-raised fish.

Listeriosis, or listeria, is a serious illness caused by bacteria found in certain foods. You should avoid unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, raw or undercooked meat or poultry, hot dogs and deli meats unless thoroughly cooked and steaming hot.

Pica is an urge to eat nonfood items like laundry detergent, corn starch, ice or clay. It may cause anemia by affecting your intake of other nutrients. Talk with us if you have these urges and we will guide you toward healthier choices.