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Importance of Calcium in your pregnancy

Importance of Calcium in your pregnancy 

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Importance of Calcium in your pregnancy
Posted in 2013

When you're pregnant, your developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones and teeth. Calcium also helps your baby grow a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles as well as develop a normal heart rhythm and blood-clotting abilities.

Calcium can also reduce your risk of hypertension and preeclampsia. And if you don't get enough calcium in your diet when you're pregnant, your baby will draw it from your bones, which may impair your own health later on.
Pregnancy is a time when some women who previously limited dairy decide to reintroduce it in order to help them meet their calcium needs. If you’re worried about how you’ll feel, start with a small serving a day or even every few days and see how it goes—you can always increase from there. A lot of women find it helpful to test it out on a day or at a time they don’t have to be out running around or tackling an epic to-do list. For example, you could add a few tablespoons of cheese to a salad or a little bit of plain yogurt to a smoothie. Just make sure you’re still covering your calcium bases through the other foods you’re eating.
Spacing your intake of calcium-rich foods throughout the day can make it less overwhelming to get the amount you need. Incorporating plenty of nutrient-dense foods at all meals helps ensure your body is able to efficiently utilize the calcium you’re consuming. You can easily pack a lot of healthy, tasty stuff into meals and snacks like smoothies, salads, and bowls—great ways to make sure you’re covered.

My advise
1....  Your unborn child's bone structure is in developing stage..  At this stage he needs calcium to develop  properly.
2....  Calcium is a mineral that’s important for building and maintaining strong bones and for carrying out a large number of body processes such as cell signaling involved in muscle and nerve function and helping blood vessels transport blood through the body.
3... In pregnancy, calcium is needed to support development of healthy teeth, heart, blood vessels, and more in your baby. Not getting enough calcium (and vitamin D during pregnancymay also increase your risk for pre-eclampsia, a serious condition in which dangerously high blood pressure causes kidney problems and can put the mother and baby’s life at risk.
4..  To avoid above you should take Calcium daily....
Women ages 19 to 50: 1,000 milligrams (mg) a day before, during, and after pregnancy
Women age 18 and younger: 1,300 mg a day before, during, and after pregnancy
5.... Even after your baby's born and you're finished breastfeeding, continue to pay attention to your calcium intake. You'll need this mineral to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) later in life.
6...  Calcium is available in your healthy food.  Eat well to have healthy child

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