July 08, 2020

How to Get Calcium in your Diet During Pregnancy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Get Calcium in your Diet During Pregnancy including what foods to eat including recipe ideas and what supplements to take that taste great!

Eating and drinking enough calcium during pregnancy is super important for helping to build teeth, bones, muscles and nerves for baby. It also helps to build a healthy heart. During pregnancy, a mom needs to eat enough calcium in her diet, otherwise, the calcium will be pulled from her bones to give it to baby. This can be harmful to mom later on in life causing osteoporosis. I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to get calcium in your diet during pregnancy.

Last summer when I was pregnant with Lily!

Pregnant women should aim for 1,300 mg of calcium per day. This is the equivalent to about three servings of dairy products per day. I am not pregnant but have been three times and always made sure that I was getting enough calcium. I am currently breastfeeding and calcium needs are super important during this time as well.

How to Get Calcium in your Diet During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Superfood Smoothie is loaded with nutrients for a healthy mom and baby including berries, banana, Greek yogurt, chia seeds and peanut butter. www.nutritionistreviews.com

1. Have yogurt for breakfast

Yogurt is a great source of calcium and is easy to incorporate into your breakfast. I like Greek yogurt because it has more protein in it. Make a yogurt parfait or stir it into overnight oats, pancakes or toss in a smoothie (try my Pregnancy Superfood Smoothie).

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

2. Eat leafy greens

Besides calcium, leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli have lots of important vitamins in them that are important for pregnancy. Most people don't think of these veggies having calcium but they do. Make a big strawberry spinach salad for lunch, toss some spinach in a smoothie or toss some broccoli in an Asian stir-fry.

3. Have a Viactiv Calcium Chew

I love the Viactiv calcium chews because they taste great and are loaded with calcium. Since they taste good, I like eating one after dinner. They come in milk chocolate and caramel flavors. I have been taking these on and off for many years and like the chocolate flavor best. These have 30% more calcium and half the sugar that other similar gummy supplements have (many prenatal vitamins only have 20-30% of the recommended amount of calcium for pregnant women).

Viactiv also has vitamin D and vitamin K to help strengthen your bones. Vitamin D helps your body to be able to absorb calcium and increase bone mineral density. One chew has 650 mg of calcium, 500 IU of vitamin D and 40 mcg of vitamin K.

Since I am breastfeeding, I take a Viactiv calcium chew each day to help make sure that I am meeting my calcium needs. I like that they are individually wrapped so I can pack them with me if I travel anywhere. Viactiv is available in many stores or can be bought online at Walmart, Amazon or Target. Follow Viactiv on Facebook and Instagram.

Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich makes the perfect lunch with a mix of rainbow vegetables and a ranch cream cheese spread all on whole-grain bread! www.nutritionistreviews.com

4. Eat calcium fortified foods

If you aren't a fan of dairy products or just do not eat enough of them, you can try calcium-fortified foods. Look for the orange juice that has calcium added. Many cereals and breads are also fortified with calcium which can help you meet your nutrient needs. Make a veggie loaded sandwich on calcium-fortified bread such as this Rainbow Veggie Sandwich.

grilled veggie pizza

5. Sneak in dairy products through the day

Having a little bit of calcium here and there in your diet through the day will help you meet your nutrient needs for calcium. A splash of milk in your coffee. A sprinkle of cheese on your pasta. A frozen yogurt treat in the evening. Adding in calcium-rich foods through the day helps you to ensure that you are getting enough calcium. You can't go wrong with pizza- try my Grilled Vegetable Pizza.

**Please talk with your doctor before taking any supplements. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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