Posted on Apr 19, 2022
During pregnancy additional calcium is needed for the growth and development of bones and teeth of the fetus. For adult women, the requirement is 600 mg/day and the requirement increases during pregnancy to 1200 mg/day. Although the infant’s bones are poorly calcified at the time of birth an appreciable amount of calcium is involved in fetal development. Please note that a full term fetal body is made up of 30 gms of calcium.
Increased intake of calcium by the mothers is highly essential not only for the calcification of fetal bones and teeth but also for the protection of calcium resources for the mother to meet the high demands during lactation.
Calcium and Pregnancy:
Sources of Calcium:
The best sources of calcium are milk, curd, buttermilk, paneer, cheese , green leafy vegetables, ragi, chana dal, rajma, soybeans and lotus seed (makhana).