8 Ways to Increase Your Calcium Intake While Pregnant
Are you pregnant? One thing you may be missing during your pregnancy is enough calcium. When a woman is pregnant, she needs at least 1,000 mg of calcium. Why? Because pregnant or not, if you aren’t getting enough calcium in your diet, your body begins taking it from your bones, thus decreasing bone mineral density which can eventually lead to osteopenia and osteoporosis.
If you haven’t been getting the recommended amount of calcium in your diet, here is how you can get MORE.
1. Eat more yogurt
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of yogurt. I could eat it morning, noon, and night. And the fact that it can help my body get more calcium makes me even happier. I like to mix fruit, nuts and granola into it to make it more of a treat.
2. More cheese please
If you’re an avid fan of cheese, then you should be happy because more cheese in your diet=more calcium in your diet. I have found that switching up the way I eat cheese helps. Sometimes I like it shredded other times in blocks. What? Pregnant moms can be weird.
3. Eat a little fish
Getting a little fish broth or bone broth into your system can help you get more calcium. Some people recommend eating sardines. Can you dig it? I’m not a huge fish fan, but you might be and it would be a great way to get more calcium into your diet.
4. Get more greens into your system
Another simple way to get to get more calcium into your diet is by eating more greens. Whether you eat collard greens or more lettuce, eat more to help increase your calcium intake. I actually love greens, it’s just a matter of remembering to eat them more on a daily basis. For me, greens are easy to sneak into a smoothie bowl, smoothie or freezer pop!
5. Go nuts
Being pregnant you may already feel a little nutty at times, but you can really get more calcium intake by eating more nuts. I like to grab nuts to take with me when I go places, they make a great snack.
6. Drink more water
If you’re drinking tap water, you should know that you can get small traces of calcium from that. While it doesn’t add a ton of calcium intake into your diet, it can still help a lot.
7. Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews
Another awesome way you can get more calcium is by taking Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. Maybe you’re not getting enough calcium and you just want to increase your intake, this is the way to do it. It’s important to get the recommended amount of calcium during your pregnancy and these soft chews can help. One Viactiv Calcium Soft Chew provides 500mg of calcium and 500 IU of vitamin D. Taken twice daily, this provides 100% of the daily value of calcium for most women, plus vitamins D and K!
Plus, they taste like a yummy treat, but help you get important calcium in your body! You can get a $2-off coupon for Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews.
8. Get enough Vitamin D
This one may throw you for a loop, but your body actually needs enough Vitamin D to help absorb the calcium you’re taking.
In addition to calcium, it’s important that pregnant women are getting enough of several other key nutrients: iron, vitamin D, folic acid, and iodine.
I hope these tips help you increase your overall calcium intake and have given you some surprising ways to add more calcium into your diet.
What tips do you have for pregnant women who need more calcium? I’d love to hear your tips!
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Great tips! Calcium is always a struggle for me 🙂 really appreciate the ideas for the next time I’m pregnant!! I hate cheese – but when I was pregnant with our first found myself eating a block a week! The body knows what it needs!