is very important
during pregnancy, because it helps make your baby's teeth and bones. Calcium may
also prevent leg and muscle cramps in pregnant women. If you don't get enough
calcium, your body takes this mineral from your bones to get the baby what it
needs. This may contribute to osteoporosis as you age.
You need at least 1,200
milligrams of calcium per day. This is 50% more than you needed before you were
pregnant. You may need more than the recommended amount if you are under 25,
because your bones need calcium too. You also need more calcium if you drink
caffeine, because caffeine makes it harder for your body to absorb calcium. If
you think you are not getting enough calcium, you may need a calcium supplement
in addition to any prenatal vitamins you are taking.
Calcium deficiency in pregnant women cause increased blood
pressure, myocyte contraction and arteriolar constriction.
* corresponding to 1200mcg of retinol
** corresponding to 12.5mcg of cholecalciferol
*** corresponding to 15.0mg of dl-α-tocopherol acetate