The Importance of Calcium During Pregnancy
March 1, 2022Calcium is so important for women of all ages, and it is especially important for women who are expecting. It plays a key role in helping build baby’s teeth, bones, and skeletal system. Here we share why adequate calcium consumption is so important for moms-to-be, offer some calcium-rich food suggestions, and explain how you can fill nutritional gaps during pregnancy.
How Calcium Benefits Women During Pregnancy
Your body takes calcium away from you and passes it to your developing baby, which is why getting enough of this mineral is vital to help prevent bone loss during pregnancy. The good news is that your body knows how to step up and protect your bones, especially when you eat the right things.
How Much Calcium Does Your Body Need?
Your body does not produce calcium, which means you need to include it in your diet. Most pregnant women require about 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. You should try to get at least four servings of calcium-rich foods daily.1
Some of the best sources of calcium are found in dairy products, including:2
- Plain low-fat yogurt
- Part-skim mozzarella
- Cheddar cheese
- Skim milk
- Calcium-fortified soymilk
- 2 percent milk
- Low-fat buttermilk
- Cottage cheese
Non-dairy Calcium Options
Not everyone can tolerate dairy, so here are some non-dairy options that provide significant sources of calcium.
- Calcium-fortified orange juice
- Canned sardines with bones
- Cereals that are calcium-fortified
- Bok choy
Filling in Nutritional Gaps with Prenatal Vitamins
Sometimes moms-to-be need a little extra help getting the recommended daily amount of calcium. A prenatal vitamin that contains calcium when combined with a calcium-rich diet can usually give you and baby everything you need. But not all prenatal vitamins are created the same.
Prenate offers a family of calcium-rich prenatal vitamins including:
- Prenate® Enhance
- Prenate® Restore
- Prenate Chewable®
- Prenate Mini®
- Prenate DHA®
- Prenate Elite®
- Prenate Essential®
Ask your doctor if a Prenate® Vitamin is right for you.
Prenate® Vitamin Family
This post is brought to you by the Prenate® Vitamin Family, a line of prescription prenatal supplements designed to enhance preconception, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition in women. Talk with your doctor about how taking a daily prescription prenatal or postnatal vitamin could help support a healthy pregnancy and postpartum wellness.