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Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

I don’t really like milk… is it such a big deal if I don’t get enough calcium while I’m pregnant?

Re: I don’t really like milk… is it such a big deal if I don’t get enough calcium while I’m pregnant?

The Bump Expert

Yes! Baby’s bones, teeth, heart, nerves and muscles depend on calcium for growth. It’s so essential, in fact, that if you don’t include enough in your diet, baby will start leaching it from your bones… not a good thing for either of you. Experts recommend getting 1,000 mg per day,which is about four servings of calcium-rich foods. (The old standard of 1,200mg was recently lowered, as research shows your body can’t absorb much more than 1,000 mg.)

And no, “I don’t like dairy” is not an excuse -- calcium is also found in tofu, tortillas, boiled turnip greens, fortified bread and orange juice, sardines and canned salmon. (Read upon seafood safety before eating any fish, though.) Make sure your prenatal vitamin has at least 150 to 200 mg, and if you need an extra boost, pick up a calcium supplement. Just make sure to find one with calcium carbonate, which is easiest for your body to absorb. And, check that it says “lead free” -- some so-called“natural” supplements actually contain lead, which can be harmful to baby.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

try calcium chews.... comes in chocolate flavor

MamaD0720 |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

I second the Calcium chews.. I eat two everyday - I am lactose intolerant and started taking them when I found out I was pregnant a few months ago before a miscarriage. The texture gets some getting used to, but now I love them and they have done wonders for my nails!!

kristi0412 |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

Even if it sounds strange I can tell you that milk doesn't have so much calcium as we are thinking.This is why it isn't necessary to worry about it.If you don't like milk you can eat cheese or almonds.There is also a variety of calcium supplements in Mexican Pharmacies that are very efficient.I've taken some during my pregnancy and I felt great.

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Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

Can you overdo it on the calcium front?

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