The importance of calcium during pregnancy.
Your body needs calcium at some key moments in life: teenage years, menopause and… pregnancy.
Calcium strengthens your bones and teeth. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it contributes to the healthy growth of the baby and a strong skeletal development.

Calcium is mainly found in dairy products. However, the calcium found in milk is not completely absorbed during digestion. For example, one glass of milk contains 300 mg of calcium, but only 90 mg are absorbed by your body. So, it is important you drink milk, but you should also eat other food particularly rich in calcium.

Here are some examples of food with high calcium concentration:
  • Cow’s milk: 113 mg / 100 g
    Wakame Seaweed: 1,300 mg / 100 g
    Parmesan cheese: 1,200 mg / 100 g
    Canned sardines: 400 mg / 100 g
    Tofu: 350 mg / 100 g
    Goat’s milk: 325 mg / 100 g
    Parsley: 250 mg / 100 g
    Almonds: 250 mg / 100 g
    Spinach: 168 mg / 100 g
    Watercress: 210 mg / 100 g
    Aged goat cheese: 200 mg / 100 g
    Soy flour: 154 mg / 100 g
    Chocolate: 105 mg / 100 g
    Broccoli: 76 mg / 100 g
    Cooked white pea beans: 60 mg / 100 g
    Meat and Fish: 10 to 40 mg / 100 g
    Dry figs: 64 mg / 100 g
    Green beans: 60 mg / 100 g
    Orange: 52 mg / 100 g

 

Sources (French):

http://www.e-sante.fr/en-dehors-lait-produits-laitiers-ou-trouver-sa-dose-calcium/actualite/572

http://www.planet.vertbaudet.com/le-calcium-pendant-la-grossesse.htm

What about you? As a pregnant woman, what is (was) your favourite calcium-rich food?