Health & Fitness
How to Get Enough Calcium During Pregnancy
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.
This time last year, I was about 12 weeks pregnant and just learning about all the things I needed to do to ensure my baby was getting all the nutrients she needed. Did you know that about 68% of women in general are calcium deficient? That’s even more important for pregnant women as your baby needs that calcium to help strengthen a healthy heart, teeth, bones, muscles and nerves – sooo, yeah, I’d say it’s pretty crucial!
If your baby is not getting the calcium needed from your diet, then it’s pulled from your bones. This can eventually lead to osteopenia and osteoporosis. So you can see why I want to emphasize how important it is to get your daily intake of calcium and other critical nutrients (including iron, vitamin D, folic acid and iodine) during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the average woman should be getting 1000 mg of calcium a day. And even though you are most likely taking a prenatal vitamin, these typically only provide 20-30% of the recommended amount of calcium. That’s why the majority of OB/GYN’s recommend pregnant women also take a calcium supplement during pregnancy. (Survey data gathered by BrandPerx on behalf of Viacitv, surveying over 1,000 participating OB/GYN’s across the country during the month of July, 2015.)
A very easy way that I found to get my calcium, is these tasty Viactiv soft chews. They come in milk chocolate and caramel, and they actually kind of taste like I’m giving myself a little treat. And I learned that, of the previous OB/GYN’s surveyed, the majority (76%) recommended Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. So I know that I’m doing the right thing even after having had my baby in May. Because even when you’re not pregnant, it’s still important to get that calcium!
You can find Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews at major retailers like CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – and many more of course. Plus, there’s a coupon out right now to save $2.00 on your next Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews!
Get your information from the experts. Heidi Diller, RDN, talks about the nutritional needs for pregnant women that support both the mother and the child. Of course, it’s important to talk to your own doctor as well to ensure you’re getting the right advice for your specific needs. Here’s a great infographic to have and/or share as a reminder!
In summary, important nutrients during pregnancy include:
- Iron – Over 17% of pregnant women are diagnosed with iron deficiency. I was one of these, and it’s then important to increase iron-rich foods or sometimes supplementation.
- Vitamin D – It’s recommended you get 600 IU per day of Vitamin D during pregnancy. Continued research is even suggesting this may be even higher as well.
- Calcium – We’ve discussed this, but in short, calcium absorption increases along with bone mobilization during pregnancy. And since your body doesn’t produce calcium, we need to get it through our diet and supplementation (such as Viactiv).
- Folic Acid – This helps to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy and it’s recommended that women consume 400 micrograms per day either from fortified foods and/or prenatal supplements.
- Iodine – This is required for normal brain development and growth. The IOM recommends an iodine intake of 150-220 micrograms per day for women who are pregnant.
A healthy mom can make all the difference in a healthy pregnancy!
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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. Please speak with your healthcare provider regarding any medical concerns. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.