Our expert says:
Please excuse me for only answering your question today, but my home and office were struck by lightning and my poor PC was literally 'fried'. My new PC was delivered this morning! Congratulations on your 3rd pregnancy. Cheese is an excellent source of readily available calcium providing about 700 mg of calcium per 100g, or 210 mg per 30g portion. To obtain the 1200 mg of calcium required per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you would need to have nearly 200g of cheese per day which would increase your intake of fat dramatically. Most cheeses, except fat-free cottage cheese, contain high levels of fat (for example Cheddar cheese contains 33 g of fat per 100g of which 21 g/100g is saturated fat). So while cheeses are excellent foods, it is advisable that you obtain your calcium from moderate portions of cheese, and use a calcium supplement such as Calcium Sandoz (which comes in an effervescent tablet), to provide the rest. If you use other calcium supplement such as Caltrate, etc, you can of course break them in half or chew the tablets before you swallow them. It seems that your pregnancy multivitamin and mineral supplement does not contain sufficient calcium for your daily needs, so please consider using a calcium supplement like Calcium Sandoz, Caltrate or MenaCal.7.
Wishing you all the best with your pregnancy.
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