Calcium Needs during Pregnancy

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Dietary intake of calcium should be 1200 mg per day for pregnant women. Calcium contributes to baby’s bone mineralization, but is important to mom as well because it reduces the risk of hypertension and its complications – like seizures of eclampsia. Calcium is also beneficial for the future milk secretion and appears to play an important role in preventing post-partum depression

Calcium rich foods:
– Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
– Fish (canned salmon with bones)
– Vegetables: bok choy (Chinese cabbage), broccoli, beans
– Figs, sunflower seeds, peanut butter
– Soy milk, calcium-fortified juices and cereals

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