During pregnancy, a woman's need for calcium increases to prepare for the mineralisation of the foetus's bones. It is therefore essential for a mom-to-be to include adequate amounts of calcium in her diet before and during pregnancy.
Boost your calcium intake by including three cups of milk per day. This will not only increase your calcium intake to 900 mg, but will also provide the additional 10 to 16 g of high-quality protein that you need for your baby's development. Choose from the following: full cream milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, fat-free powdered milk, buttermilk, evaporated milk, enriched soy milk, and yoghurt. If preferred, the required amount can be used in soups, custards, puddings, ice cream, or smoothies – but remember to take the added energy into account!
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