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Effect of Habit of eating slate pencil on pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi I am 30years old and i am planning for my 2nd pregnancy.I have a habit of eating slate pencil,is it dangerous?                                                                 
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
User :   morning doctor
User :   i would be glad if u can answer my question mentioned above
Doctor :   yes it is dangerous, it contains mineral 'quartz' which is not good
Doctor :   if you are planning for pregnancy, stop taking it atleast 3-4 months in advance
User :   i try to stop it but i am unable to get rid of it
User :   can you help me
Doctor :   start on folic acid suppliments
Doctor :   people tend to consume it due to some lack of minerals in body
User :   how to suppliment it
Doctor :   start on calcium and a multivitamin containing essential minerals
User :   can u suggest any multivitamin in particular
Doctor :   you can start on Tab A-to-Z, one tablet after lunch daily, and take 500 mg of calcium/ or Shelcal tablets one tablet 2 times a day
Doctor :   if you stil have urge to consume slate pencil, you should consider getting psychiatric help to get rid of the habit
Doctor :   it is not good, since it can harm the newborn baby also by passing through breast milk.
Doctor :   maintain a good well balanced diet, and drink plenty of water
User :   oh i did not know that
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   no thankyou doctor
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
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