Your Calcium Needs

Don't count on getting this essential nutrient from your prenatal vitamin! Here's how to ensure you're getting enough and from the right sources.

Pregnant women should get 1,000 mg (milligrams) of calcium each day. Don't count on getting it all from your prenatal vitamins, however: Most contain only a few hundred milligrams. Ensure adequate calcium intake by including 3 servings of non-fat or low-fat milk or yogurt in your diet each day. Other food sources of calcium include broccoli, kale, tofu processed with calcium sulfate, and juices fortified with calcium.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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