What's up with my strong cravings for all things dairy right now?? Well, I did some investigating and check this out:
Did you know, the amount of calcium your intestines absorb during pregnancy doubles?!
Another fun fact…about 80% of the calcium present in the baby’s skeleton at the end of pregnancy crossed the placenta during the third trimester and is mostly derived from the calcium in mom’s diet during pregnancy. The calcium mom eats seems to be the main way our bodies adapt to meet those high calcium demands during pregnancy (1). Amazing! Maybe that explains the cravings and my baby needs the calcium with only 6 weeks left to grow.
How much do I need? When pregnant, you need 1,000 mg calcium per day and pregnant teenagers need 1,300 mg calcium per day (4). A prenatal supplement isn’t going to provide a lot of calcium, and if needed, additional calcium can be supplemented alongside the prenatal supplement, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy. Calcium can be obta...Read More