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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?

A little heads up for those looking to get an easy dose of Omega-3.....Organic milk is a good source, two birds with one stone!

miaomi |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

Keep in mind, most inexpensive antacids are GREAT sources of calcium carbonate... the one I'm using has 750mg per tablet. Just treating heartburn I take 4 a day.

Emily123UCD |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

Vivactin calcium chocolate chews are tasty and offer close to 500mg of calcium. They also help with the chocolate cravings.

Nikalish@gmail.com |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

The "bump expert" said that calcium carbonate is easiest to absorb, which is incorrect actually calcium citrate and carbonate absorb about the same however you need to take calcium carbonate with food and calcium citrate you can take any time because it's easier to digest.

lilbride4 |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

My doctor suggested trying almond milk because I don't like regular milk and don't drink it. It's working out pretty well just have to get use to the taste first. I do like it better than regular milk.

BabyMonchirol |

Q&A: Calcium during pregnancy?

I don't know about anyone else but I've never really been a milk drinker (in fact it used to bother my digestive system). For the past couple of weeks I've been craving it so bad, that I literally cannot get enough! Funny I just came across this post after I was just thinking about going for another glass...

arnoyespotter |