Are You Getting Enough Calcium During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy and new motherhood are the most important times to be concerned about your calcium intake -- are you getting enough?

8 Ways to Sneak in Calcium

Like most kids, you were likely taught to drink your milk. Stronger bones, better teeth -- your parents probably gave you plenty of reasons to drink up. But now that you're a parent yourself, it may have been a while since you drank the white stuff beyond maybe dumping some in your coffee. Here's what you need to know.

Diet Alternatives

Try these creative tips from the American Dietetic Association:

pregnant in pink half-top at park drinking milk

  1. Cook rice, noodles, hot cereals, and other grains in nonfat milk.
  2. Add nonfat dry milk powder to recipes for creamy soups, stews, casseroles, and sauces.
  3. Substitute nonfat yogurt for sour cream or butter.
  4. Sprinkle low-fat grated cheese on salads, soups, or veggies.
  5. Drink at least one glass of milk with every snack or meal. Get in the habit of ordering low-fat milk instead of soda when you eat out.
  6. Instead of your regular cup of joe in the morning, try a latte, which is made with more milk.
  7. Nosh on string cheese or fill a bag with low-fat cheese cubes for a snack on the go.
  8. Searching for something sweet? Try a glass of chocolate milk instead of candy.

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