Pregnancy Nutrition - Calcium
If you are worried about weight gain, switch to semi-skimmed or skimmed milk and reduced fat cheese and yoghurts. They contain just as much calcium and protein as whole milk but less fat.
If you are suffering from insomnia, a warm milky drink before bedtime might help.
Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth and is an important nutrient during pregnancy particularly during the last 10 weeks when calcium is being laid down in your baby’s bones. Experts suggest you should double your calcium intake for pregnancy nutrition.
Dairy products e.g. milk, cheese, yoghurt provide the best and most easily absorbed source of calcium. If you do not eat dairy foods you will not get enough calcium from your diet and will need to take a supplement.
If you aren’t getting enough calcium in your diet, your baby will draw on the calcium stored in your bones which can lead to osteoporosis in later life, so a calcium-rich diet is essential in pregnancy and also later when breastfeeding.