Calcium for Pregnancy
- Why is calcium important?
- Calcium-rich foods
- Calcium at different stages in life
- Fertility nutrition
Get the nutritional needs of calcium for pregnancy. Our body is unable to produce calcium, hence why it is an ‘essential’ nutrient that must be obtained through the foods you eat during pregnancy.
Why is calcium important?
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Almost all of the calcium in the body is found in the skeleton – more than 98% in fact. Therefore, a calcium-rich diet is very important in the development of your infant’s bones and in the maintenance of your own bones.
Calcium is also important in the building and maintenance of teeth and it plays a key role in our cells. In our cells it is involved in many processes, such as in the contraction of our muscles and in the transmission of signals in nerves.
When you are pregnant, your calcium needs are 1000mg a day. Pregnant women need to eat around 2.5 serves of calcium-rich foods every day to meet their needs.
Calcium at different stages in life
During childhood and adolescence, calcium is used to build and develop the skeleton and teeth. A calcium-rich diet is vital during this growth stage. Adult As an adult, it is important to continue with a calcium-rich diet to maintain your bone strength. With age, calcium is lost from the bones. So eating 3 serves of calcium-rich food each day can help to keep your bones strong. One serve of calcium-rich food provides around 300mg calcium. During Pregnancy Pregnant and lactating women need around 2.5 serves of calcium-rich food each day.