Pregnant? Calcium is Crucial for Mother and Child’s Bone Health

Pregnancy is one of the most cherished experiences in a woman’s life. During this time, it’s important for pregnant mothers to get adequate nutrition to ensure the health of the fetus. Besides iron and folic acid, calcium and vitamin D are two nutrients you’d want to take to help with the growth and development of your fetus.

For mothers, taking both will help prevent calcium-deficient symptoms such as continued back pain and brittle teeth. It can also cause high blood pressure, which can result in premature birth. For fetuses, the ability to develop strong and healthy bones and nerves will be affected later in life. You can learn more about the importance of calcium and vitamin D for mothers and fetuses here.

Health tip: Pregnant mothers need iron and folic acid as both are important for red blood cell production. Read more about it here.

Calcium for strong bones and teeth

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Calcium is not only important for mothers, but also for everyone starting from infancy to our senior years. Children need calcium and vitamin D to develop strong bones and teeth. Teenagers need them to reach their full height potential, while adults need the nutrients to maintain bone health as they lead an active life. It’s very important for the elderly to get enough calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (this is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture) and to minimise the risk of injuries and broken bones.

What are some high in calcium foods?

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  • Anchovies (ikan bilis)
  • Milk
  • Low fat cheese
  • Soy
  • Sardine
  • Almonds
  • Green vegetables
  • Nuts/lentils
  • Yoghurt
  • Tofu

If you’re a picky eater, which can result in nutrient deficiencies, opt for supplements to maintain your bone health. If you’re pregnant and find it difficult to eat due to allergies or morning sickness, you too can opt for supplements.

It’s common knowledge that calcium is needed for the formation of bone, tooth, nail and muscle. However, what are the roles of vitamins D and D3? These vitamins are important for better absorption of calcium. This makes Vitamin D equally essential for the body to get adequate calcium for bone formation and health, as well as to prevent osteoporosis.

3 important nutrients in one tablet

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Making sure that you get all the nutrients you need can be quite a chore. This is why you need Nutrilite Cal Mag D Plus. All you need to do is take one tablet, three times a day to fulfil your daily calcium, magnesium and vitamin D needs. Don’t worry if you’re lactose intolerant as Nutrilite Cal Mag D Plus contains no dairy.

Don’t forget your protein intake

Besides calcium, protein is also important for a healthy fetus. Protein provides essential amino acids that are needed in the formation of muscles and bones in fetuses.

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Nutrilite Soy Protein Drink is necessary for pregnant mothers and is easy to consume. Just mix it with hot or cold water, shake, and drink it wherever, whenever. Besides being high in protein, soy is also a good source of unsaturated fat such as Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid).

Heal with Amway’s complete postnatal care products

Post-childbirth, confinement is an important period for new mothers to heal and get back to their usual selves. Besides a balanced diet, it’s also important for mothers to take supplements such as traditional jamu and consume additional nutritious foods. Body and skin care products also help rejuvenate new mothers and restore their confidence. 

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Tropical Herbs Post Natal Care Set is a complete care package consisting of herbal tea, lotion, feminine wash, cream, calming spray and firming herbal blend. Besides the virgin coconut oil in the set, you can also purchase Tropical Herbs Baby Oil to give your baby calming massages.

So, mothers – we hope you take the nutrients you need for a healthy delivery and post-pregnancy recovery because a healthy and happy mother means a healthy and happy baby too!