Building healthy bones for life
During pregnancy your baby’s bones take on more calcium than at any other stage of their life. But because the body doesn’t naturally produce calcium, the only source is through your diet. As well as supplying your unborn baby with the calcium they need, getting an adequate intake can have a positive effect on your own bone health and even reduce the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis.
Because of our moderate dairy intake, most people in the UK get enough calcium without making a special effort. Calcium-rich foods include yogurt, milk and cheese. Try to choose healthy options where possible, such as natural yogurt, low-salt and low-fat varieties of milk and cheese. If you’re vegan, ask your midwife or healthcare professional for advice on which non-dairy options – like kale, almonds or dried pineapple – you need.