Iron and calcium needs increase considerably during pregnancy. To fulfil the increased demand of the mother and baby, doctors recommend iron and calcium supplements in this time.
However, calcium supplements should not be consumed at the same time as iron supplements. Why? Calcium and iron compete for the same receptors, and as a result, calcium inhibits the absorption of iron when taken together.
Studies on human subjects have shown that calcium (Ca) can inhibit iron (Fe) absorption, regardless of whether it is given as calcium tablets or in dairy products (Lönnerdal B)
Indeed, studies have shown calcium tablets reduce both heme and non- heme iron absorption. (Sean R Lynch)
Some of the rich sources of calcium include milk, yogurt, cheese, sardines, canned salmon, tofu, broccoli, almonds, figs, turnip greens and rhubarb.
Therefore, iron supplements (like MamaBix) should not be consumed with milk, coffee, tea, other dairy products (or along with calcium tablets) for better iron absorption. Calcium supplements should be consumed near bedtime when necessary or there needs to be a gap of 2-3 hours between the iron & calcium supplements!
More than 70% of pregnant women prefer eating MamaBix over iron pills.