When I was pregnant with my eldest, I regularly drink milk to help me gain enough calcium. Now that I am pregnant for the second time, I hardly drink milk. I suddenly don’t like the taste of the maternity milk I used to drink during my first pregnancy. Hubby makes the effort of reminding me to drink my milk, but without his reminder, I don’t bother drinking.
So, how important calcium is while pregnant? While inside our womb, our baby needs calcium in building a strong bones and teeth. It is also helpful in developing a healthy muscle, heart and nerves. Most doctors prescribes calcium supplement to pregnant women. And aside from the supplement you can naturally get calcium from milk and dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, tofu and milk.
A pregnant woman needs 1,000 mg of calcium a day. But our body can only absorb 500 mg of calcium at a time. So if you are taking calcium supplement, it is advisable to take small doses several times a day. While taking calcium supplement, it is also important to watch out your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is necessary in the absorption of Calcium.
Take note that, calcium deficiency while pregnant may impair your health, as your baby will draw calcium from your bones. So it is important that you keep track of your calcium intake but don’t take too much of it, as overdoing calcium intake may increase your risk of kidney stones and may cause constipation. Along with the supplement, don’t forget that it is very important to have enough fluid intakes pregnant or not.
I am currently taking calcium supplement. And lately, I am trying to drink milk regularly as I started having lower back pain as early as fifth month of my pregnancy. I hope I get enough calcium for my baby, and also I don’t want to impair my health during and after my pregnancy.