Calcium is vital for the health of the baby’s bones and teeth and the wellbeing of the mother. If sufficient calcium is not supplied to support the fetus's development, the calcium from the mother’s bones and teeth will be allocated. This is why it is crucial to get enough calcium during pregnancy.
Calcium can come both from food and supplement sources. It is recommended to get around 1000 milligrams of calcium each day.
Dairy foods such as milk, butter, and cheese include high levels of calcium. Tofu and leafy greens also contain calcium but in lower levels. Check food labels of breakfast cereals, bread, and juices as they are also often calcium-fortified.
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